100 billion tons of water move in and out of Canada’s Bay of Fundy twice a day. This has created a remarkable and unique seascape between Nova Scotia and neighbouring province of New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy tide, the highest in the world, is five times higher than the Atlantic Coast average with tides ranging from 3.5 meters (11ft) to an incredible 16 meters (53 ft) – twice a day, every day. This natural phenomenon provides opportunities to explore the landscape, ocean floor, and abundant marine life.
Explore Canada’s Bay of Fundy
Having caused steady erosion over millions of years, the tides historical impact on the terrain is evident. The waters have carved overhanging sea caves and cliffs, and low tide is a perfect time for fossil hunting. Nova Scotia vacations to the Bay of Fundy should include a stop at The Joggins Fossil Centre, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site located near Amherst and the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border on the Fundy Shore, where you will find the world's largest collection of 300 million-year-old fossils.
The nutrient-rich Bay of Fundy is home to amazing marine life. The finback whale, the world’s second largest animal, comes to the Bay of Fundy to feed and play along with Right, Minke and Humpback whales. A whale watching tour will give you a new definition for "awesome".
There are many amazing experiences to be found along the Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley. Visit the Cape d'Or lighthouse located on a panoramic point where the Minas Basin meets the Bay of Fundy, or spend an afternoon sunbathing on sands of Five Islands Park. Hike to the trails of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park to see the Three Sisters, one of Nova Scotia’s most famous rock formations, accessible only by boat or trail.
Ride the Tide
As one of Canada’s ecological wonders, the daily flow of water fluctuates from seabed to the height of a four-storey building every 12 hours and begs to be explored.
- Walk the seabed at low tide; it’s the perfect opportunity to beachcomb for sparkling amethysts and other marine treasures.
- Kayak the waters of the Bay as you experience the lively piping plovers and diverse marine life.
- Go tidal bore rafting in a zodiac and watch as the rising tide overpowers the outflowing river current, resulting in small tidal wave followed by rapids.
Vacationing along the Bay of Fundy
Exploring the Bay of Fundy area for several days? A Nova Scotia bed and breakfast, seaside inn, or cottage isn't far away, with many also offering exceptional restaurants with the freshest fare.