A bustling farming community once thrived on Grenadier Island, but today it’s mostly the summer people who remain. The bustle of activity on the island is now made by boaters, hikers and paddlers who fancy the warm sandy beaches, old fishing holes, vivid past, and abundant opportunities for observing wildlife.
If the weather is fair, a circumnavigation of Grenadier Island is a splendid full-day paddle that brings you past extensive marshlands alive with noisy red-wing blackbirds, blue herons stalking prey, and perhaps an osprey circling overhead.
Several landing points along the shores of Grenadier Island allow you to rest or stretch your legs on the trail network that connects human life on the island. National park facilities at the distant eastern and western tips of the island, and in the central northern and southern bays offer a full array of amenities.
Awaiting you are quiet campsites, shaded picnic spots beside a sandy beach, and the historic picnic pavilion at the western head of the island where thesunsets are so peaceful.
Departure: From the west, the boat launch in the village of Rockport is the most convenient access point that will place paddlers only a short paddle upstream of the western end of Grenadier Island.
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