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New Brunswick Island Hopping: Deer Island

East Coast Mermaid Island Hopping to Deer Island

One of my favorite things about living in New Brunswick is the number of magical, otherworldly islands accessible by ferries. Seriously, we are so spoiled to live here.

“I never want to live anywhere that I can’t island hop on ferries on the weekends.” – East Coast Mermaid

From Grand Manan (forever one of my favorite spots on the planet) to Campobello to Deer Island and more. Summer road trips are simply more exciting when a ferry ride is involved, am I right?

Deer Island Ferry ViewDeer Island Ferry View 2

Deer Island is accessible from Letete, New Brunswick (about 15 minutes from Saint George and 55 minutes from Saint John) on a FREE ferry that departs the island and mainland nearly every 30 minutes.

See ferry schedule here to plan your Deer Island adventure.

It’s a short 20-minute ferry ride and TOTALLY a great summer adventure for anyone looking to do a little exploring or interested in planning a day trip.

Did I mention it’s a FREE FERRY RIDE? 

Deer Island Ferry View 3

Deer Island Ferry View 4

Crystal on Deer Island Ferry

Deer Island Ferry Passing

Deer Island Ferry View 5

Deer Island Ferry Waves

Deer Island Map

Now, you may be thinking – what is there to do on such a small island? But trust me – simply driving around the island is a treat and there are so many beautiful views and spots for Instagram-perfect shots.

Here are a few things to explore on the island!


There are a number of cute island gift shops to browse but make sure to stop by and see the Pickle Guy. Located across the street from the 45th Parallel Restaurant and Motel, the Pickle Guy has the sweetest little shop and operates on an honour system. Pick what you want, jot down your order, and leave your money in the cash box.

Pickle Guy Deer Island

Pickle Guy Store

I brought back a few goodies for D + I and they are SO delish. I absolutely recommend the WOW sauce.


We had a picnic lunch packed so we weren’t looking to eat at a restaurant on the island BUT I was intrigued by advertising that mentioned Herman the Lobster at the 45th Parallel Restaurant, so we pulled in to check it out.

Bad News: Herman hasn’t been around for a few years.

Good News: We discovered this absolute gem of a restaurant and motel.

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We had a great chat with the owner and will definitely be back to dine at the restaurant, taste some of the pies I spotted inside, and the motel looked absolutely sweet for anyone looking to overnight on the island.


My favorite spot on Deer Island is without a doubt, Deer Island Point Park. It’s also the location of the Campobello Island ferry when it’s running. It’s currently not operating yet this season. 

Deer Island Lighthouse

Campobello Island Ferry

Deer Island Point Park is home to a beautiful campground and is the PERFECT spot for a picnic – which is exactly what we did! There’s no entry fee if you’re stopping by for a picnic and everyone is super friendly in the park.

You get beautiful views of Campobello Island, Eastport, Maine and if you’re lucky and the tides are in your favour – the Old Sow Whirlpool.

Deer Island Point

Deer Island Point 2

Deer Island View

When it’s time to head back to the mainland or continue on your adventure, trust me when I say, you’ll feel a little tug at your heart as you sail away on the ferry.

But I can promise you this, you will always have a spot in your heart for Deer Island 💙

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