In honour of Canada’s only nomination for the worldwide, “7 Wonders of Nature Contest” to be finalized this November, 2011, visit the Bay of Fundy. Best spots to check out the Bay’s famed tidal action include:
In Nova Scotia:
Tidal Bore Rafting Park & Cottages
Ride the tides here on a two-hour river trip. There are few places in the world where you can experience a tidal bore and the Shubenacadie River happens to be the only place in the world where you can raft up river. Within a few minutes drive visit the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaq Museum:
Several Glooscap legends tell how the Bay of Fundy was formed. Join staff at the Centre to learn about the Mi’kmaw culture and its unique relation to the Bay. Across the parking lot eat at the best highway stop in the province at The Saltscapes Cafe serving local favourites like fishcakes, blueberry shakes and fiddleheads by the folks who run the magazine of the same name.
Parrsboro Fundy Geological Museum:
As the Fundy tides washed away the sea cliffs, treasures of the ancient world appeared. See the fossils, minerals and some of the oldest dinosaur bones in Canada. While in the area, try the best in local nouveau cuisine at the Bare Bones Bistro .
Grand Pr© National Historic Site :
The Fundy tides were held back by dykes erected 400 years ago by the original French settlers (known as Acadians), creating a fertile agricultural area. Eventually the Acadians were deported ‘” you can find out why at Grand Pr©. Don’t miss lunch at the Domaine du Grand Pr© Winery where you can taste some local wines influenced by the unique Fundy micro climate and landscape.
At Gulliver’s Cove try the Fundy Cultural Experience clamming expedition with Wanda van Tassel who has lived on the Bay of Fundy for 40 years. She will share her passion for the land and sea and give you a first-hand taste of life on the Fundy.
For a top resort on the Bay, overnight at The Digby Pines Resort.
In New Brunswick:
Hopewell Rocks :
Thirty minutes from Moncton, walk on the ocean floor at the Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site, where the world’s highest tides are the most visible. Twice a day, 100-billion tons of sea water roll in and out of the Bay, rising up to a height of a four-storey building. You’ll walk on the ocean floor at low tide, where earlier in the day you were kayaking around the flowerpot rock formations at high tide with Baymount Outdoor Adventures .
St Andrew’s By the Sea:
Go whale watching with Fundy Tide Runners Whale Watching & Nature Tours on a 25-foot Zodiac Hurricane out to the Bay of Fundy, cruising between the islands of the West Isles archipelago on the way to the whale feeding grounds. Finback, Minke and Humpback whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals that are regularly encountered. While in New Brunswick’s favourite vacation town have dinner at The Rossmount Inn
and overnight at the Fairmont Algonquin . Save time to play the award winning golf course for a seaside challenge.
Travel to Saint John to tour the Stonehammer Geopark sites , North America’s first Global Geopark to be recognized by UNESCO.
Fundy Trail Parkway:
One of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas in North America is now accessible via the Fundy Trail. Watch whales feeding along coastlines carved by the highest tides in the world.
Fundy National Park :
Fundy National Park was created in 1948, the first national park in New Brunswick. Located along the Bay of Fundy coast in Acadian forest, it has 120 kilometers of walking and hiking trails.
For dinner with a view, head to the Cape House Restaurant at Cape Enrage , named “enrage” because of the angry tidal currents swirling around the base of the cliffs. Frommer’s refers to the area as “the best view in Canada.”