Things to do
With so much to see and do around Brier Island, well you might just never leave!
Brier Island is designated as an IBA Important Bird Area. Be sure to pack your binoculars so you won't miss out on the hundreds of Species of Birds who call Brier Island 'home'.
Click here for a PDF book THE BIRDS OF BRIER ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA by By Eric L. Mills and Lance Laviolette
Around the Community
Just a few steps from Brier Island Lodge you will find a multitude of nature and hiking trails.
The majority of hiking trails on the Island are privately owned or on Nature Conservancy of Canada land. The residents of Brier Island love their island and enjoy sharing the beauty of their home with visitors. Hikers and walkers are welcome to enjoy the trails with respect for the land and environment.
Most of the trails on Brier Island are unmarked and not maintained so conditions may vary. Lodge staff will be happy to provide you maps and details on current trail conditions for many great adventures.
Rare Bird Watching
Hundreds of Species of Birds
Bring your binoculars and experience the best of Nova Scotia bird watching along the Bay of Fundy!
As Brier Island is located on the Atlantic Flyway Migratory Route, many species of birds visit its shores and feed in off-shore waters making it a popular destination for watching numerous species of sea birds, shore birds and waterfowl.
With more the 170 species spotted (including rarities such as cattle egret, Western kingbird, scarlet tanager, Mississippi kite), Brier Island will surprise and delight the avid or casual bird watcher. Warblers, owls, hawks, eagles, petrels, gannets, ducks, shearwaters, phalaropes, turkey vultures, songbirds and many others can be found here at different times of the year.
The Fall migration attracts bird watchers from all over North America and Europe as it is one of the best times for birdwatching, especially raptors such as hawks.
Year round fun for the thrill seekers
Although Brier Island is a very calm and peaceful place during the spring, summer, and fall, once late September and October roll around the Island transforms into an exciting place, mysterious fog shrowding the tempest winds. Truly a beautiful site.
Pond Cove Beach
Experience a true marine eco-system in action at Pond Cove; one of Brier Island's most popular destinations.
A short walk winding through ecologically sensitive sand dunes leads to the spectacular Pond Cove Beach.
Sandy at low tide and rockier at high tide, the beach is a treasure-trove of natural wonders.
A few meters inland behind the beach is Big Pond and Little Pond. These saline ponds and the surrounding marshes are home to a wide variety of plants and a proliferation of birds.
Be sure to ask for directions at the front desk.
Up close and personal...
Seal Cove is a 20 - 30 minute hike along the rugged Atlantic coast from Brier Island Lodge or a 10 minute walk from the Coast Guard station located at Northern Light.
Low tide is the best time to find a party of grey and harbour seals basking on the rocks which form a horseshoe inside the cove. Check with the staff at the lodge for tide tables and directions.
A large portion of Brier Island is a nature preserve administered by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, helping to protect plants and maintain biodiversity.
The island's micro-climate allows for a proliferation of unique and rare plants varieties, including Bluebead Lily, Pink Ladyslipper, Fireweed, Yellow Iris, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Pitcher Plant, the endangered Eastern Mountain Avens, and 21 different varieties of orchids.
It's easy to immerse yourself in the incredible Geology of Brier Island.
Don't forget to try out rockhounding while you are staying on Brier Island.
The island consists of a Basalt rock formation with columns of basalt on the southern shore while the north shore features dolomite with veins of quartz and agate.
Shingle and cobble beaches yield agate, jasper, zeolite and amethyst for the avid collector. Columnar basalt, reminiscent of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, can be seen in dramatic form at Northern Point and Greenhead.
The famous Balancing Rock is a natural wonder which attracts the attention of thousands of visitors each year.
Located on Long Island, just outside of Tiverton, it provides a well marked trail leading to the edge of St. Mary's Bay where this spectacular vista awaits you.
Be sure to ask our staff for information on how to visit this remarkable attraction.
Grand Passage Hydro Project
Ever look out on the harbour and wonder "What IS that thing out there?"
Sustainable Marine, is a renewable energy company on a mission to help communities achieve energy independence and fight climate change by harvesting clean energy from the waters around them and create transformational socio-economic benefits.
The passage between Brier and Long Island on the Digby neck provides an ideal environment for testing and evaluating the performance of tidal energy platforms.
Check out these local businesses and service providers for your unique vacation needs.
Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises Ltd.
1-902-839-2995 or toll-free 1-800-656-3660
Bay of Fundy Inn
1-902-839-2346 or toll-free 1-800-239-2189
Bay of Fundy Guest House
1-902-839-2346 or toll-free 1-800-239-2189
Brier Island Bird Migration Research Stationwww.bsc-eoc.org/national/bibs.html
Brier Island Trail Society (BITS)
A group for news and information about Brier Island Trail Society (BITS), a volunteer group committed to building and maintaining trails on Brier Island. BITS is a registered, non-profit society, formed in 2017 to support Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) restore a bog, drained in the 1950's, on Brier Island.
Brier Island NS Group
Conserving Brier Island
This group will act as a hub for information, photos and updates about the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) conservation work on Brier Island, including work being done to restore the Big Meadow Bog, a degraded wetland habitat that provides critical habitat for the imperilled Eastern Mountain Avens.
Save An Island Lighthouse
This is the official Facebook site for the committee and volunteers of SAIL https://www.facebook.com/groups/1536220636628043/
Brier Island Seasalt Company
Brier and Long Islands Historical Society
Westport Recreation Auxiliary
SHOPS & WORKSHOPS
R. E. Robicheau Ltd. General Store & Gas Bar
Nova Scotia Liquor Store Outlet at R. E. Robicheau Ltd. General Store & Gas Bar
The Ice House Giftshop
Westport Branch Library
17 Second Street Westport, NS B0V 1H0
Westport Post Office
291 WATER ST WESTPORT NS B0V 1H0
Westport Church of Christ
Minister: Craig Glavin
Contact 902-839-2913 or 902-839-2000
Service 9:15 am Sundays
Westport Baptist Church
Contact 902-839-2258 or 902 839-2511
Services at 11 am Sundays
Seal Cove Brier Island
Grand Passage Light and Alarm- AKA-Northern Lighthouse
Pond Cove Beach and Nature Preserve
Brier Island Light & Alarm - AKA Western Light
OUR NEIGHBOR FREEPORT
The Village of Freeport NS
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 92 Freeport NS
School Street Market
Freeport Fire Dept (Nova Scotia)
Any Body Yoga
Whale of a Time Camping
Beautiful Cove Cottage
Islands Consolidated School