Castalia Marsh Retreat
Castalia Marsh Retreat is a cottage located in Grand Manan.
For the nature lover, bird watcher, photographer or someone interested in a unique get-away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, this site will offer the peace and tranquility you have been looking for. Typically, our guests are environmentally aware, creative individuals who want to spend some quality time on Grand Manan enjoying hiking, kayaking, biking, and browsing through the museums and tiny shops. Castalia, population of around 450, is a quiet and serene island community. It is located five kilometers (three miles) from the ferry landing on the northern half of the island. The salt marsh has a picnic area and beach. It's an excellent location for viewing some of the 391 bird species inhabiting New Brunswick. Harbour and Grey seals swim off the beach at high tide or haul out onto the rocks at low tide.
The Retreat site is five acres of forested land overlooking Swallowtail Lighthouse, the saltwater marsh, the fishing village of North Head and picturesque islands in the Bay of Fundy. It is a safe, warm, and dry environment where one can relax and be surrounded by nature. There is a network of nature trails connecting four small fish and frog ponds and the various cabins and tent platforms. We try to create a supportive environment where people who want to share what they have learned can be actively involved in increasing their knowledge of personal, spiritual, and environmental health or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty. We have a facility ideally suited for hosting workshops or facilitating gatherings focused on personal, spiritual, and environmental health.
Local dining options close to Castalia Marsh Retreat include Sailors' Landing Restaurant & Convenience, Fundy House, Marathon Inn Restaurant, and The Inn at Whale Cove Restaurant.
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Cabins are fully furnished, have towels and linens, basic cooking facilities including pot, pans and utensils but most do not include microwaves, TV's and radios. Most have hot showers and flush toilets. Community hot showers and Laundry facilities are located in our Barn building. All buildings are non-smoking, and are accessed along walking paths. Pets are Welcome for an additional fee.
Each cabin is uniquely designed to fit into the natural surroundings with the least environmental impact possible. The cabins have been designed and built by James, with help from his friends. Most cabins or tent sites have a view of the Bay of Fundy, and each offers a degree of privacy in an intimate woodland setting. . Please note that you must walk or bicycle for one or two minutes to most of our cabins and tent platforms- you cannot drive your vehicle to them. . We have a wheelbarrow, cart, and ATV available to ferry your essentials to your cabin door so you don't have to carry anything heavy. We want to keep the cabin area as quiet as possible for all our guests and for the surrounding wildlife. Please read the cabin descriptions carefully, as each cabin is unique, and not all of them have the same amenities.
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We are located on the island of Grand Manan, between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Grand Manan is the largest island in an archipelago of approximately 40 island and rocky ledges situated at the entrance to the Bay of Fundy. The Bay is famous for the largest tides in the world and is the summer home to many marine creatures. A 90-minute ferry ride from Black's Harbour, New Brunswick brings you and your vehicle to Grand Manan, a unique island of cliffs and tidal flats with functioning fishing villages where life runs to the pulse of tide and wind.
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