Seven Days Work Cliff Nature Preserve
Grand Manan Island, Charlotte County
Seven Days Work Cliff is located on the north-eastern end of Grand Manan. At 23.8 hectares, this nature preserve is best known for its spectacular sea cliffs that are home to birds of prey and a popular trail that overlooks the Bay of Fundy.
In 2004, the Nature Trust first approached the American landowners about possible protection of their property because of species at risk nesting habitat located on the site. Seven Days Work Cliff was officially conserved in 2013 when the landowners, who wish to remain anonymous, donated their property to conservation through the Nature Trust’s first cross-border conservation initiative. The Nature Trust formed a partnership with the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts to make the gift legally and financially feasible. American Friends now owns the donated property and NTNB will manage it as part of their network of nature preserves.
The most enduring feature of Seven Days Work Cliff Preserve is the sea cliff that reaches up to 80 metres. The cliffs are a geological wonder, containing layers of rock formed during the enormous volcanic event that filled the Bay of Fundy with basaltic lava 201 million years ago. Today, the boulder-strewn beach below the cliffs (Eel Brook Beach) attracts rock hounds who come to collect fine specimens of volcanic zeolites, quartz, jasper, agate and other minerals that fall from the cliff as it slowly erodes. A mixture of woodland (sparrows, and warblers) and coastal species (gulls, ducks, and herons) can be found. Also, it is often visited by the peregrine falcon, a species at risk under NB’s Species at Risk Act.
Access and Activities
To Grand Manan:
From Fredericton, take the TransCanada Highway 2 south 20km to exit 306 on Highway 7, NB. Follow Highway 7 approximately 80km south towards Saint John, then take the Lorneville/St. Stephen exit 97 West on Highway 1 53km. Take Exit 785-S, turn left, and continue on route 176 towards Blacks Harbour. Take the ferry at Wallace Cove to Grand Manan (approximate crossing time is 2 hours).
From the ferry terminal on Grand Manan:
Follow route 776-S. Access to the driveway on the property is 3.12 kilometers from the intersection of Route 776 and Whistle Rd. Please note that this access path to enter the nature preserve is by private property.
Access to Eel Brook Beach from the nature preserve also crosses over private property.
Visitors entering the nature preserve by private property and exiting by crossing over private property should proceed at their own risk and with respect of their natural surroundings.
Various activities are allowed at this preserve, which include hiking, berry picking, bird watching, picnicking, etc. Hikers can follow the coastal trail called Red Trail (maintained by the Friends of Grand Manan Trails) that runs along the length of the coast, generally following the top of the cliffs.
Map coming soon.
*The property is undeveloped and there are a variety of hazards and risks associated with accessing this preserve. While this nature preserve is open for public access, visitors must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety and are to use the land at their own risk.*