Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Region
It’s discovery from top to bottom in the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley region. Climb 300 foot cliffs overlooking waters where 15 species of whales come to mate, play and feast on plankton, then walk on the ocean floor when the tide drops the height of a four-storey building. With the taste of the salty ocean air still fresh in your memories, remember that lobster, scallops, mussels and smoked salmon complement the offerings of the area’s award-winning wineries.
Top 8 Bay of Fundy Experiences
- Coastal Hiking at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Advocate Harbour
- Whale watching off Digby Neck, Long Island, and Brier Island
- Walk on the ocean floor at Burncoat Head Park, Noel
- Tidal Bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River, Maitland to Urbania
- Sea kayaking at Advocate Harbour with NovaShores Adventures
- Bird-watching on Brier Island
- Visit the 300 foot sea cliffs overlooking the world’s highest tides, Five Islands Provincial Park, Lower Five Islands
Get to know the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Region:
Bay of Fundy Tide Times
A visit to Nova Scotia is not complete without witnessing the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy. Each day, twice a day, 160 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of it, creating one-of-a-kind adventures that literally can't be had any place else on earth! Looking to witness the tidal bore rolling in or experience the dramatic tides?
Visit our Bay of Fundy Tides page to view tide times and information on where the best place to watch are located.
Don’t Miss Annapolis Valley Wineries
Framed by two parallel mountain ranges, the Annapolis Valley is one of Canada’s best fruit-growing regions with several hundred varieties of apples being grown here. Home of the legendary Glooscap of the Mi’kmaq people, early European settlers farmed this soil and fished these waters. Today, the Valley's rolling fertile fields also include more than 20 types of grapes and an emerging wine industry. Be sure to visit a winery (or two) to discover Nova Scotia's award-winning wines that are receiving accolades from around the world.
- Domaine de Grand Pre, Grand Pre: Known for its Vintner’s Reserve label and its onsite restaurant Le Caveau.
- Luckett Vineyards, Gaspereau: Stop by to try the exciting Buried Red, Phone Box White and Rosetta Rose and enjoy lunch at Luckett’s Crush Pad Bistro.
- Gaspereau Vineyards, Gaspereau: Best known for its outstanding Rieslings, it specializes in fruit-forward, terroir-driven whites and earthy, robust reds.
- L’Acadie Vineyards, Gaspereau: Nova Scotia’s first certified organic winery and specializes in traditional-method sparkling wines.
- Blomidon Estate Winery, Canning: Has won national awards for its Chardonnay, L’Acadie Blanc, and Cremant.
- Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley: Features an innovative sparkling wine collection including their perennial sell-out Nova 7. Tours and tastings are private and by appointment only.
- Avondale Sky Winery, Newport Landing: This winery features one of the oldest vineyards in Nova Scotia and is housed in the magnificent former St.Matthew’s Church from Walton.
- Planters Ridge, Port Williams: The area’s newest winery and features sweeping views of fields originally planted by the New England Planters in 1760 and spectacular views of the Minas Basin.
- Sainte-Famille Wines, Falmouth: Known for its Marechal Foch and L’Acadie Blanc.
- Annapolis Highland Vineyards, Bear River: Features many award-winning wines including Pinot Gris, Geisenheim Riesling and Gamay, Lucie Kuhlmann, and DeChaunac.
- Bear River Vineyards, Bear River: Steep south-facing terraces form a “bowl” of heat to create a Mosel terroir, perfect for producing Baco Noir and Pinot Noir.
Wine Tour Operators
- Go North Tours: The leader in guided wine tours since 2009, offering daily departures from Halifax and Wolfville from May to November. Unique itineraries for small groups that include wine tastings, "behind-the-scenes" vineyard tours, culinary stops and gourmet cuisine.
- Grape Escapes: Provides a variety of day tours to Nova Scotia's wine country. Sip and savour your way through wineries and vineyards that show off our cool climate "terroir" and leave the driving to us.
- The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus: Hop-on, Hop-off Wine Tour on a traditional British double-decker bus. Departing three times each day, from downtown Wolfville and delivering guests to the participating wineries and between locations.
Best Photo Spots
Victoria Park, Truro
Nestled in the heart of downtown Truro, Victoria Park is a 400 acre natural park offering walking/hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, picnic and recreation areas, and more. If you’re up for the challenge, take Jacob’s Ladder, a 175 stair staircase, to the top of the park.
Fundy Title Interpretive Centre
Learn about the famous Bay of Fundy tides - the highest tides in the world - and the unique tidal bore that happens on the Shubenacadie River, twice every day. The Interpretive Centre staff will tell you about the "reversing river" and, if you time your visit just right, you can witness it firsthand on the Observation Deck.
The Blomidon Look-off Provincial Park, Arlington
Located on North Mountain just 12km (7.5 mi) from Blomidon Provincial Park, this roadside stop treats visitors to an absolutely breathtaking panoramic view of the Annapolis Valley and Minas Basin. On a clear day, you will literally gaze upon five counties at once!
Dating back to 1779, Hall’s Harbour has long been known for its picturesque and dramatic landscape that reveal the incredible Bay of Fundy tides. This small fishing hamlet is home to a harbourfront boardwalk with interpretive panels, a restaurant, lobster pound, and numerous artisans.
Digby Waterfront, Digby
The historic town of Digby is situated on the Bay of Fundy and is home to the world famous scallop fleet. Stroll the historic and Admiral’s Walk along the Digby waterfront, watch fisherman at work, experience fresh seafood, partake in a whale watching or kayaking adventure, and be sure to have your camera with you.
Cape Chignecto Provincal Park, Advocate Harbour
At Cape Chignecto, towering 180 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy while the world's highest tides lap at their base. Best described as a wilderness park, it has 29 km (18 mi.) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests and over 40 km (25 mi.) of wilderness trails.
Balancing Rock, Long Island
The Balancing Rock, an approximately 30 foot tall vertical column of basalt, balanced on its tip, is the most-photographed of Long Island's striking basalt formations. A well-groomed 2.5 km trail with a 235-step staircase leads visitors to a viewing platform that presents a picture perfect view of the Balancing Rock and St. Mary's Bay.