Just 45 minutes from Saint John, the Connors Brothers Nature Preserve offers a slice of heaven for outdoor lovers. So if you’re looking for a short hike, head over to Pea Point Lighthouse for classic Bay of Fundy views. Remember, you can only access the lighthouse at low tide—don’t get stuck on the island!
Connors Brothers Nature Preserve covers 100 acres of land with about 2 kilometres of coastline. It’s no wonder the Pea Point Lighthouse hike is becoming well-known. As travellers explore the area by the Grand Manan ferry, they often discover the wonders of this nature preserve. Though please be respectful of the land and waters, and those who call this place home. Moreover, leave this place better than you found it.
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About Pea Point Trail
Location: Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
Distance: 2.5 km out and back
Elevation: 60 m elevation gain
Time: 45 mins – 1 hour
Dog-friendly: Yes (leash recommended).
Features: Connors Brothers Nature Preserve is 100 acres with nearly two kilometres of coastline. You’ll take a rugged forest trail to reach the lighthouse on Pea Island, only accessible at low tide. While the nature preserve is undeveloped, the trail is in good condition with ribbons, new stairs, and some signage. When you visit, you’ll see small islands close to shore and the lighthouse beside the infamous Bay of Fundy.
Directions to Connors Brothers Nature Preserve
The Connors Brothers Nature Preserve is located near the fishing village of Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick. From Saint John, head west on Route 1 for about 62 km and take exit 60 toward Blacks Harbour. Then turn left onto Route 176 and drive close to 10 minutes through the village. Finally, turn left off of Wallace Cove Rd as if you’re heading to Grand Manan ferry terminal. The parking area will be just around the bend on your left.
Pea Point Lighthouse Hike
If you love rugged coastal hikes, you’ll enjoy the short trek to Pea Point Lighthouse. Start by entering the forest on the pine-needle path by the beach. Take a few minutes to pause for peak-a-boo views of Bay of Fundy coves and islands. After about 600 metres, you’ll arrive at the low tide crossing for Pea Island. Watch your step walking across the kelp-covered rocks on the ocean floor. Climb up the right side of the island on the old stone boat launch. Finally, follow the trail across the wooden bridge to the lighthouse and beyond.
Overall, the 2-km out and back trip takes less than an hour. For a longer loop, return on the Connors Brothers Nature Trail and exit at the upper parking area. Follow Wallace Cove Rd down to your parked vehicle.
Sturdy hiking shoes and trekking poles are helpful as you journey up and down through the forest. You’ll find a handrail or two for the steep sections, and a staircase replacing old log stairs.
Interestingly, the original Pea Point Lighthouse was lit on January 1, 1878. Back in those days, the keeper lived on the property to maintain the lighthouse. Today, continuous white light helps ships find their way in the harbour, but the lighthouse remains permanently closed to the public. The current lighthouse was built in 1965.
Read more: Barnaby Head Trail in New River Beach Provincial Park
Beachcombing Near Pea Point
The Connors Brothers Nature Preserve shoreline is a local favourite for beachcombing. Travellers awaiting the Grand Manan ferry often stumble across this cove. After visiting Pea Point Lighthouse, why not spend some time searching for coastal treasures? It’s best to visit at low tide; otherwise, you won’t have much beach to explore.
Know Before You Go
Parking: There are two parking areas for this trail.
Toilet: No outhouse or toilet available.
Garbage: Pack out what you bring in. Don’t leave any garbage, fruit peels, and dog poop. I carry this smell-proof pack out bag.
Trails: While the trails are well-maintained, they can still present hazards like roots and slippery rocks. I recommend sturdy footwear.
Pets: Dogs are permitted in the park. Please pick up after your pet.
Tide: If the tide is high, you won’t be able to cross to see the lighthouse. Check Blacks Harbour tide chart before heading out.
Read more: Split Rock Trail: One of the Best New Brunswick Hikes
What To Bring
Even though the Pea Point Lighthouse hike isn’t very long, you’ll want to bring hiking essentials like water, snacks, first aid, and some extra layers (including a rain shell).
The nature preserve is undeveloped with rugged trails. Wear hiking boots to trek along the rocky shoreline and the forest terrain. And you may want to bring hiking poles for extra balance.
Another pair of socks is always a good idea on New Brunswick hiking trails. To carry it all, the Osprey Hikelite is my go-to daypack.
Pea Point Trail Map
New Brunswick Hikes on the Coast
Looking for more East Coast hiking options? Here are some New Brunswick hikes that you won’t want to miss:
- Split Rock Trail: One of the Best New Brunswick Hikes
- Barnaby Head Trail in New River Beach Provincial Park
- Sam Orr Pond Trail in the Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve
- Ganong Nature Park Near St. Stephen, New Brunswick
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