The journey from Bowdoin College to Kent Island can take as long as nine hours, in total, and includes a 4.5-hour drive, a 1.5-hour ferry ride, and a final 45-minute boat ride to the island. Non-Canadian visitors to the island should bring their passport because Kent Island is in the province of New Brunswick, just over the Maine-Canada border.
Though it can be a full day's journey, the drive from Brunswick to Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick, rolls through blueberry barrens and is particularly beautiful in the fall. The large car-ferry to Grand Manan is a great time to spot sea birds, seals, porpoises, and even whales. From Grand Manan, visitors board the island boat, “Ernest Joy,” to travel the final six miles to Kent Island, a ride that takes roughly 45 minutes.
If you'd like to make a visit to Kent Island, please coordinate with Ian Kyle or Patty Jones.