Nova Scotia is known for its stunning coastline, pristine wilderness and Halifax’s modern city landscapes. The Bay of Fundy, just off the coast of Nova Scotia, is currently nominated to be one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. If you’re traveling to Nova Scotia don’t leave the Bay of Fundy off of your list of must see sites.
During a recent visit to Nova Scotia I left my trip to the Bay of Fundy until the last day not knowing how remarkably beautiful and unforgettable the Bay is and was very happy I hadn’t skipped the trip altogether.
The Bay of Fundy offers the highest tides in the world, over 300 million-year-old fossils and 12 species of whales just off its 1200 kilometer long coastline. It provides one of the most exhilarating experiences for outdoor enthusiasts. You can easily see the Bay of Fundy during a one day trip outside of Halifax or whatever town you happen to be visiting in Nova Scotia
How to Get There
The Bay of Fundy offers several and often free small car ferries that connect the small Fundy islands to the mainland. Aside from the small ferries, Bay Ferries also manages a shortcut to the world’s highest tides. They offer a three hour Fundy-themed cruise across the middle of the Bay of Fundy on their Princess of Arcadia Ferry that links Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia. The ferry carries all vehicle types, including RVs and motorcycles. Walk on passengers are also welcomed.
Things to Do
Bring your camera! Along the ragged coast of Bay of Fundy you’ll discover the community of South Maitland, a once bustling center of shipbuilding in the days of sailing. Take a walk out to the Tidal Observation Deck above the Shubenacadie River to see amazing panoramic views of the ocean.
Go on a whale watching adventure. The water at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy from the ledges of Brier Island right up the Digby Neck is the feeding area for several species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins) and seals.
Head to the Fundy National Park of Canada to find fossils. Over thousands of years, the famous high tides of the Bay of Fundy have sculpted its ancient coast into rock formations and sea cliffs resulting in amazing fossil discoveries.
Watch the world’s highest tides. Visitors can view two high and two low tides during a 24-hour period. The time between a high tide and a low tide is typically just over six hours.
See the greatest vertical tidal effect. The tidal range is usually measured as a vertical distance: the change in the ocean’s elevation from high tide to low tide. The tide’s vertical change can be 15 m (50 ft) or more. The best way to see vertical tides is to visit small docks around Fundy Bay that empty at low tide and then completely fill about six hours later at high tide. Wharves along the Fundy Coast in Nova Scotia are a good location for viewing intense vertical tides. Walk the seabed at low tide and beach comb for sparkling marine treasures.
For a preview on how beautiful the Bay of Fundy is watch a sneak peak here: