Explore the world of nature in canada, The Bay of Fundy is renowned for having the highest tides on the planet!
A few years ago the Bay of Fundy, became Canada’s only entry in the global competition to determine the world’s seven top natural wonders, beating out such iconic Canadian sites as Niagara Falls, the Rockies and Gros Morne National Park. The Bay of Fundy was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America, along with the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, Niagara Falls, and the giant redwoods of California found in Sequoia National Park and Redwoods National Park. Renowned for having the most extreme tidal environment on earth (16.2 meters or 53 feet) the incredibly diverse Bay of Fundy extends approximately 270 km in a northeasterly direction between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Coastal rock formations, amazing tidal effects both vertical and horizontal, and unique natural scenery – these are just a few of the many features that appeal tourists to this beautiful corner of Canada. Moreover, the Bay is also a critical international feeding ground for migratory birds, the best site on the planet for ‘green’ tidal energy, and one of the planet’s most important plant and animal fossil discovery ecozones.
Bay of Fundy Tides
The Bay of Fundy tides are recognized as the greatest tidal range in the world. The tidal range is measured by the Canadian Hydrographic Service at 55.8 feet (17 m). The highest point ever recorded was 70.9 feet (21.6 m). This occurred in 1869 following a tropical cyclone and subsequent water surge.
One hundred billion tonnes of sea water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice daily – more water than the combined flow of all the world’s fresh water rivers. Fundy’s extreme tides create a dynamic and diverse marine ecosystem. The Bay is renowned for its coastal rock formations, extreme tidal effects (vertical, horizontal, rapids and bores) and sustainable coastal development. It is also a critical international feeding ground for migratory birds, a vibrant habitat for rare and endangered Right whales, and one of the world’s most significant plant and animal fossil discovery regions. The Bay of Fundy is located between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on North America’s east coast.
The tides of the Bay of Fundy are known as semidiurnal. This means that during a 24 hour period, there will be two highs and two lows. This happens every day. The time between each high and each low is around 6 hours. As noted above, during a 24 hour day the high and low tides will occur twice. Over this same period, there will be over 115 billion tons of water flowing in and out of the bay.
There are also added benefits to this unique tidal flow from the abundant dolphin and whale that inhabit the bay area waiting for the huge amount of fish and seafood to get washed along with the tidal flow, (not to mention the delicious lobster and fresh fish that Fundy’s fisherman collect) to the impressive coastal rock formations carved from the tremendous water pressure applied to it over millions of years.Just take a drive along St. Martins, or go to Hopewell Rocks in Fundy National Park and you’ll get some terrific views of the rugged coastline below and even get the chance to kayak the bay at high tide with Baymount Outdoor Adventures:
Alternatively you can take a boat tour from the quaint but historic town of St. Andrews right on the Bay of Fundy, and watch whales frolic in all their natural glory with Fundy Tide Runners or check out the lobsters with Lobster Tales Cruises.
New Brunswick’s coastline is a pleasant alternative to Quebec, an undiscovered gem for many people seeking adventurous new outdoor pursuits. It has a wealth of water based sports and land based hiking, and for lovers of good food, some world class cuisine at prices well below those of its more illustrious US neighbours.
The Bay of Fundy is a natural wonder as far as I’m concerned and always will be.
Things to do in Bay of fundy
Water sports activities
A great way to experience the Bay of Fundy is to ride the tide. What you should do is to walk the seabed at low ride, and admire at sparkling amethysts and other marine treasures. Kayaking is another water activity that is popular in the Bay of Fundy. This will enable you to experience the lively piping plovers and spectacular marine life.
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
Found near Amherst and the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, on the Fundy shore, the extraordinary Joggins Fossil Center is another ‘must explore’ site for any Bay of Fundy vacation, featuring the world’s largest and most complete fossil record of life in the ‘Coal Age’ with a collection of 300 million-year-old fossils. In 2008, the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the awesome cliffs and the award-winning visitor center, including static and dynamic displays, are truly the jewels in the world’s Carboniferous Period crown.
Adventre touring to Fundy National Park
With two distinct faces: the Fundy coastline with its amazing tides and inter-tidal zones, and its interior backcountry of Acadian forests with many hiking and mountain biking trails, the stunning Fundy National Park invites nature and adventure lovers to its coastal wonderland to experience picture-perfect natural beauty, discover the richness of the Acadian forest and learn the secrets of the Bay of Fundy’s world-famous tides.
Enjoy in Fundy shore & Annapolis Valley
There are many great activities to be found along the Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley as well. One of them is the visit to the Cape d’Or lighthouse located on a panoramic point where the Minas Basin meets the Bay of Fundy. Another must-do activity is to visit the fascinating Five Islands Park to relax and sunbath on its wonderful sugary sands. Those who enjoy culinary adventures will surely find the Bay of Fundy an ideal place to try awe-inspiring cuisine with lobster and scallops, mussels and smoked salmon, at marvel at the Annapolis Valley’s award-winning wines.