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 Burntcoat Head Park in Noel.
- Tidal Bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River.
- Sea kayaking at Advocate Harbour with NovaShores Adventures.
- Bird-watching on Brier Island on Digby Neck.
- 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.
Don’t Miss Experiences
- History by candlelight - Candlelight Graveyard tours, Annapolis Royal
- Walk where the dinosaurs roamed, Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro
- Visit the world’s most complete “Coal Age” fossil record, Joggins Fossil Cliffs and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Joggins
- Mi’kmaw petroglyph tour, Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site
- OnTree Park, Martock: Climbing tracks, zip lines and high rope courses.
- Guided canoe or kayak tour into the heart of the Biosphere Reserve with Hinterland Adventures.
- Cycle the Annapolis Valley, slow down time, wind down roads and linger over lunch. Choose from 22 self-guided rides for all levels on low-volume roads and trails.
- Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal: one of the “5 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For"
- The Wildflower Labyrinth at Tangled Garden, Grand Pre
- An Acadian Story, The Landscape of Grand-Pre UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand Pre
- Dulsing - Seaweed Cuisine: From picking, cleaning, dyring and preparing the world-famous snack known as dulse with Fundy Adventures.
- Family fun at Upper Clements Theme Park and Upper Clements Adventure Parks
- Lions, Tigers and Bears! At Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Aylesford. Time your visit to be there for big cat feeding time to see them interact with their owner who hand-raised them.
- Visit Sable Island ponies at Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Stewiacke
- Discover Mi’kmaw heritage and legends at Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre in Millbrook, near Truro
- Record a duet with Anne Murray, Anne Murray Centre, Springhill
10 Unexpected Discoveries
- Plankton Predators and Periwinkles, Gael Tours, Digby: Walk the ocean floor during this hands-on adventure. The low tides of the Bay of Fundy expose several zones of seashore life, including periwinkles and barnacles.
- Tidal Bay Wine: Tidal Bay is the first wine appellation for Nova Scotia. A crisp, aromatic white wine displaying the unique characteristics of our cool climate region, it pairs perfectly with the seafood we’re known for. Available at wineries throughout the region.
- Land the Lobster: Learn lobster fishing techniques such as measuring and claw banding, then try them for yourself.
- Clam Digging Adventure, Fundy Adventures, Digby: Get hands-on experience digging in the mud, searching for clams, and harvesting dinner. Savour the fruits of your labour steamed beachside.
- Partridge Island, Parrsboro: Partridge Island is actually a peninsula, but offers an incredible panoramic view from the beach and a great hiking trail and lookoff on the “island” itself.
- Dempsey Corner Orchard, Aylesford: Delight in a family harvest, savouring fresh cherries, blueberries, peaches, or apples at the U-pick, then enjoy the tea room, petting zoo, fish pond and apple driving range!
- Bear River: This tidal village on stilts is home to numerous artist studios, shops, and galleries. Visit a local winery and discover where some of the first grapevines in North America were planted.
- Walton Lighthouse: Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the Minas Basin and the world’s highest tides. Trail and picnic area on site.
- Harriet Irving Botanical Garden, Acadia University, Wolfville: Stroll around six acres of gardens that represent the nine native habitats of the Acadian Forest region. Medicinal, scented, and experimental gardens can be found on the property.
- Uncommon Common Art, throughout Annapolis Valley: This innovative project brings visual art directly to the community. The installations in this project are gifts from the artists to find, explore, talk about, and share.
- Port-Royal National Historic Site, Port Royal
- 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.