Donated by Mr. James Munro, the Thomas B. Munro Preserve, consisting of over 26 hectares (64 acres), was the Nature Trust’s first conserved area on Grand Manan Island. This preserve is a narrow strip of land that stretches along the northern tip of Grand Manan Island, in the Bay of Fundy. It includes spectacular sea cliffs several hundred feet high and the landmark points known as Northern Head, The Bishop and Ashburton Head.


Mr. James Munro donated first the conservation easement of the preserve and then full title to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick in 2004.



The preserve was created to ensure the long-term protection of the preserve’s natural features, including its forests, waterways and wildlife habitat. Some of the species which can be found on this preserve are: balsam fir, white spruce, red spruce, red oak, goldenrod, and creeping juniper.

Access and Activities

Take the ferry from the Village of Blacks Harbour, NB to Grand Manan Island (~1.5 hours). When you dock at North Head, turn left off the ferry road onto Highway 776.  Turn right onto Whistle Road after about 5 minutes’ drive from the ferry and follow the road until you reach the Whistle Light.

Including the landmarks known as Northern Head, The Bishop and Ashburton Head, Thomas B. Munro also has a narrow footpath known as the Red Trail. This 1.7 km trail, popular among locals and visitors alike, winds along the cliff tops and offers excellent views of marine wildlife. Following the trail will lead you to the Seven Days Work Cliff Nature Preserve and the Meredith Houseworth Memorial Seashore and Conservation Easement.

*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.