My Trip to Deer Island

deer island

I’m not sure if you know this, but it just so happens that I live in a very beautiful province. I know most people don’t normally associated the words “New Brunswick” and “beautiful” but those are the people who have never lived here. The Bay of Fundy, which I live very near, happens to be spectacular. This past weekend I went exploring with some friends.

5 very funny and good-looking friends decided to have a get-a-way for the long weekend. Unfortunately Mother Nature decided not to allow us the luxery of fine camping weather, and after a discouraging forcast we changed from Plan A (explore the coast of Maine) to Plan B (stick close to home). Saturday morning we decide to begin our adventure with the exploration of Deer Island.  There are many many islands in the Bay of Fundy, some of them populated, and all of them beautiful. Deer Island is the closest, just a 40 minute drive and a 20 minute ferry ride. None of us had ever been there before so it seemed like a great idea. 

The ferry ride from Back Bay (just past St. George) to the Island had us passing what seemed like hundreds of little islands (all just sitting there unoccupied!). I found myself wondering if the creators of Survivor know about this little haven (see if you can survive the black flies! ha ha ha).

We all jumped out of the car to watch the ocean and hoped to see a whale (which we did not). Once on the island we drove around the entire thing (just a 30 minute drive) and explored all kinds of craft shops that are run out of the porch of people’s houses. Deer Island is a fishing village and, like most of Charlotte County, is full of old, historic homes that are falling a part. The community is quaint and everyone waves to one another. There is a school (grades 1-8), 2 convenient stores, 2 restaurants/bar/coffee shops, a post office (set in a small house with a roof that is slowly caving in), and of course some motels.  We had successfully explored it all in about 2 hours. Then, just before leaving, we found a sign for ”Sunset Beach”.

We thought (so stupidly) that this was a beach. However, we soon discovered it was the garden of Eden–a beautiful little tourist spot with chalets and cottages. Just a few. No one was renting and the grounds were gorgeous. So, we checked it out and discovered that the price was just right. Just $70 a night! So, of course, we booked it for the following night vowing to return to our Narnia. 

It turned out all of us were desperate for some sort of mini-vacation and Sunset gave us exactly what we needed: right on the ocean with an outdoor hot tub, pool, a BBQ and a beautiful chalet with a queen size bed, a pull out couch, and a cot, plus a kitchen, bathroom, and closet (just enough room for 5).  The one rule we made was NO TECHNOLOGY ALLOWED. I found this the hardest with my addiction to communication and all, but i survived the 24 hours.

I can’t remember how long it has been since i’ve really rested for the sake of resting. We had nothing to do and it was so wonderful. We read, we napped, we barbequed, we sat in the hot tub for hours, we walked on the beach…and we talked. 5 long-time friends who needed an excuse to be together.

I think it’s necessary every so often to escape to a place where you can’t be busy even if you wanted. The only regret I have is that we didn’t book two nights. So please let me recommend Sunset Beach Suites and Cottage on Deer Island to anyone who needs an easy get-away to a beautiful Fundy island.

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6 Responses to “My Trip to Deer Island”


  1. 1 Tim May 24, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Very very nice…I’m sad to say that even though I grew up in the area, I never took the time to explore Deer Island like you guys did.

    Rest is a wonderful thing isn’t it?

  2. 2 Brianmpei May 24, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, sounds like a great day!

    One questions, be honest, would Donna have stayed there?

  3. 3 Brianmpei May 24, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, sounds like a great day!

    One question, be honest, would Donna have stayed there?

  4. 4 Brianmpei May 24, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Stupid double post. Grrrr.

  5. 5 shelleyperry May 24, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Brian, I think I can safely say it would pass even Donna’s standards. Check it out online at: http://www.cottageandsuites.com/suite.html


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