Bay of Fundy
Did you know that over 160 billion tonnes of water move in and out of the Bay of Fundy, every day, twice a day?
That’s more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers on our planet. It’s also home 12+ species of whales AND holds the record for the highest recorded tides in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. A visit to Nova Scotia is not complete without seeing this remarkable phenomenon and the unique seascape it has created.
When planning your visit, be sure to check the Bay of Fundy tide times by date so that you can explore low tide attractions such as Burntcoat Head Park and the beach at Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Burntcoat Head Park
Looking to walk on the ocean floor at low tide and witness the power of the world’s highest tides? Be sure to visit Burntcoat Head Park on the Bay of Fundy where you can find fossils, distinctive rocks and shells, and small species of sea life in pools of ocean water left behind at low tide as you walk around on the ocean floor. Be sure to watch the time and plan your visit with the tide times in mind!
Whale Watching on the Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is as popular with people as it is with whales. With over 12 species of whales – including the rare Right Whale - calling the Bay of Fundy home each summer and fall, be sure to reserve your spot on a boat or zodiac whale watching adventure to experience these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
Looking for a traditional Nova Scotia lobster dinner? Visit the charming fishing village of Hall’s Harbour for the “Lobster in the Rough” dining experience at Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound and Restaurant. Here, you'll pick your lobster, stroll the grounds and boardwalk while your meal is prepared, and then dine in the waterfront dining room or on the wharf where, at low tide you'll see fishing boats sitting on the harbour bottom, waiting for the tide to come in - sometimes as fast as an inch a minute, up to the 40 foot high tide mark. Is there a better way to eat lobster?
Tidal Bore Rafting
Ride the world’s highest tide on a tidal bore rafting adventure. Start your adventure with a scenic cruise up the serene Shubenacadie River to the mouth of the river. Watch for the tidal bore, the leading wave in the incoming water from the Bay of Fundy, and watch as it reverses the flow of the river which will send you cascading through 8 to 12+ foot tall white-capped rapids back down the river.
Bay of Fundy Trails
Some of the most popular and scenic trails in Nova Scotia are located along the Bay of Fundy. Check out Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve, Balancing Rock Trail, Partridge Island Look-off and Hiking Trail, and the trails in Blomidon Provincial Park and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
Take a step back in time – 300 million years, actually – when you visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the Joggins Fossil Centre and view displays of one of the world’s most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age”. At low tide, take a guided or self-guided tour to view rare fossils in the cliffs and scattered along the beach below.