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 bottom of the ocean when the tide drops the height of a four-storey building. And with a taste of the ocean still fresh in your memories, here’s a reminder that lobster, scallops, mussels and smoked salmon complement the offerings of the area’s 11 wineries.
- Coastal Hiking at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Advocate Harbour
- Whale Watching off Digby Neck and Brier Island
- Tidal Bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River, Maitland to Urbania
- Sea Kayaking at Advocate Harbour with NovaShores Adventures
- Bird-watching on Brier Island
- Climbing tracks, zip lines and high rope courses at OnTree Park, Martock
- Ride the Bay of Fundy tides with Advocate Boat Tours
Get to know the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Region:
Framed by two parallel mountain ranges, the Valley is one of Canada’s best fruit-growing regions. Home of the legendary Glooscap of the Mi’kmaq people, early European settlers would also farm this soil and fish these waters.
Step across the threshold of history at Port Royal National Historic Site, featuring a reconstruction of an early 17th century French settlement. Costumed interpreters and period demonstrations recreate one of the first settlements in the New World.
Search for the ocean’s agile giants on a whale-watching cruise, and raft the boisterous waves of a tidal bore. Bike across historic Acadian dykelands in Grand Pré, our latest UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, and discover fossilized footprints of Coal Age creatures at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, yet another World Heritage Site.
Take a journey that rewards the traveller with the power of nature, and the pull of history.
Don’t Miss Experiences
- Hop-on, Hop-off Wine Tour aboard The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus
- Experience Mi’kmaw petroglyph’s at Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site, Maitland Bridge
- Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, one of the 5 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For
- Family fun at Upper Clements Theme and Adventure Parks, Upper Clements
- Lions, Tigers and Bears! At Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Aylesford
- Walk on the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park, Noel
- Visit Sable Island ponies at Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Stewiacke
- Discover Mi’kmaw heritage and legends at Glooscap Heritage Centre, Millbrook/Truro
- 300 foot sea cliffs overlooking the world’s highest tides, Five Islands Provincial Park, Lower Five Islands
- Walk where the dinosaurs roamed, Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro
- Record a Duet with Anne Murray, Anne Murray Centre, Springhill
- Visit the world’s most complete “Coal Age” fossil record, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Joggins
- Take a walk through Victoria Park in Truro which features two waterfalls, a trail system, and Jacob's Ladder, a 175 step climb to the top of a rocky gorge.
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.
- Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal
- Springhill Miners’ Museum, Springhill
- Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Port Greville
- Debert Military Museum, Debert
- Colchester Historeum, Truro
- Mastodon Ridge, Stewiacke
- Watson Smith & Sons Tinsmith Shop and Hardware Store Museum, Shubenacadie
- Lawrence House Museum, Maitland
- Haliburton House Museum, Windsor
- Shand house Museum, Windsor
- Prescott House Museum, Starr’s point
- North Hills Museum, Granville Ferry
- Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Greenwood
- Admiral Digby Museum, Digby
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Communities
Follow Nova Scotia’s Fundy seacoast through time, from early Acadian settlements to present-day fishing fleets.
Walk where Mi’kmaq cultural legend Glooscap is said to have controlled the tides with his magic, and hike where the dinosaurs once roamed.