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Lawron Ingersoll interviews Laurie Murison

      My name is Laurie Murison (LM) and I am the Executive Director of the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station among other things. I work on a whale watch boat, do public education work, and since 2008, I’ve taken on the preservation of Swallowtail Lighthouse with my husband. My first experience […]

Mort Dives

Excerpt from an essay by Page Buono Jen is reading when I arrive, a book held casually by her side when she steps out of the feed boat’s cabin. The boat, docked next to the salmon cage in the middle of the Dark Harbour pond, is roughly the size of an industrial dumpster. It is […]


By Lawron Ingersoll A young lady looked out over the ocean, tapping her fingers against the weathered wood of the wharf’s rail to an imaginary beat. Admiring the water’s glassy surface, she hoped she would never leave this moment. The seagulls were not particularly loud that day; the weather was so humid it felt as […]

Ginny Green

“Dark Harbour is a place you can’t describe, you have to go there and experience it, because it is magical.”

Eel Lake

Self-taught musician Liam Watkins, a native of Grand Manan in New Brunswick, Canada, takes us on a ride atop his 4-wheeler to his favorite spot on the island, Eel Lake. Liam writes: “Eel Lake is a place of relaxation and serenity. The lake is a beautiful example of what the island is all about. It […]

Swallowtail Lighthouse

The Swallowtail Lighthouse was built in 1859 following a ship wreck off the peninsula, Ashburton Head, near where the lighthouse is located. After this shipwreck and the many dangers before, the island knew that a lighthouse was needed to warn ships about the deadly rocks beneath the sea. Original Grand Manan pine was chopped and chucked into the ocean for a year so it could absorb the sea salt that would protect the wood and allow it to support the lighthouse for many years to come. These 8 mighty beams are still in excellent condition 150 years later. Grand Manan pine no longer exists.