Swallowtail Lighthouse, Grand Manan

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Take in stunning vistas and picturesque beauty at Swallowtail Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the region. Established in 1860, the active structure still boasts its original wooden tower, a rare sight these days. You'll need to descend over 50 stairs, traverse a wooden footbridge, and hike a gravel path to reach the lighthouse, but you'll be rewarded with fine views and a picnic area to enjoy a light snack. Bring along your binoculars and watch for eagles, seals, and even whales. To visit Swallowtail Lighthouse and other attractions in Grand Manan, use our Grand Manan tour itinerary planning tool .
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  • We spent quite a bit of time just sitting on a rock and taking in the view and in awe of how beautiful it truly is.  more »
  • This lighthouse is at the end of the road on the island at the end near the ferry. The light is still working. It is a bit of a walk out to the light itself from the parking area however it is worth i...  more »
  • On a BEAUTIFUL day on the island..we walked up to the Swallowtail Lighthouse. So very well preserved & still fully functioning to keep the ships & the crew safe!! Great history posted on the signs!! T...  more »
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  • Lovely historic building. Great 180° view from the rocks nearby. The visit is quite affordable $5 and the proceeds go to protect the lighthouse.
  • Amazing views. Would be amazing to have the inn operating again.
  • Amazing view. One of the prettiest spots in NB I believe.
  • Beautiful spot. Watched the ferry come in and saw seals playing. I could sit there all day.
  • Amazing view. Got to hear whales. Didn't see them.

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Where to stay in Grand Manan

Most accommodations on Grand Manan sit close to the ferry port. You'll find both quant heritage hotels and standard guesthouses and motels. In the rural areas around the island, large inns and resorts with rental cottages cater to those with deeper pockets. If you wish to explore the landscape and the area's abundant hiking trails, consider basing your trip at one of the island's scenically located campgrounds.
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