Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station

The Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station (GMWSRS) is located in the Canadian Maritimes, on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. The GMWSRS was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. David Gaskin, a professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario and a pioneer of harbour porpoise research. Since 1981, the research station has conducted research on a wide variety of species, from zooplankton to herring, lobsters, seabirds, porpoises, whales and sharks.


Dedicated to scientific investigation of marine life in the Bay of Fundy with emphasis on threatened and endangered animals such as the Harbour Porpoise, Right Whale and basking shark.
Education: The Gaskin Museum of Marine Life 

The Gaskin Museum of Marine Life is located at the front on the research station and offers a good overview of the Bay of Fundy ecosystem and the animals that inhabit it. You can see actual skeletons of porpoises, whales and seals, examine the baleen from different whales, see how tall you are compared to a humpback whale flipper, and learn to identify the various seabirds in the Bay. We also have a display on the island’s unique geological features, and a mock seashore containing examples of many of the invertebrates you might find on an island beach, or out in the ocean. Browse our gift shop for local crafts, station and island mementos, and guide books for the Bay – all sales directly support the station and our research.

Notes: The Gaskin Museum is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from early June to early October.
Groups interested in personal tours and lectures outside of normal hours should contact us.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm

24 Route 776, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, CN E5G 1A1

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