Deer Island, New Brunswick

Old Sow Whirlpool
Old Sow Whirlpool

The smallest inhabited island (45 sq. km) among the Fundy Isles, Deer Island is lined with many herring, lobster and salmon fishing villages and home of the Old Sow Whirlpool. Visible three hours prior to high tide from Deer Island Point Park, the Old Sow Whirlpool is the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. Popular activities on Deer Island include beach combing, bird watching, fishing, nature walks, and sea kayaking.

Population: 851
Industries: Fishing

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Getting to Deer Island

Two government ferries run between L’Etete, New Brunswick and Deer Island, New Brunswick daily.

  1. L’Etete to Deer Island: Departures every half hour between 6:30am and 5:00pm and every hour between 5:30pm and 10:30pm.
  2. Deer Island to L’Etete: Departures every half hour between 6:00am and 5:00pm and every hour between 5:00pm and 10:00pm.

There is no toll for this ferry.

For more information pertaining to the Deer Island ferry service please visit

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    How are the winters there?

    Nancy McCathie

    I have a question about any medical facilities that may or may not be on Deer Island. We are looking to relocate and purchasing a busines in the area and this is a concern.
    thank you for your time

      Mike Postma

      There is a clinic on the island that’s open 5 days a week. They have a full-time nurse and a doctor available once per a week. The closest hospital is in St. Stephen.

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