The Bay of Fundy in Canada—which is located between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick—is home to the most dramatic high tide on Earth. Most days, the tide surges about 40 feet, but has been known to swell as high as 53 feet. Depending on the time of day, visitors can explore dramatic arches and stacked rock formations during low tide, or kayak atop undulating waves during high tide.
Nature enthusiasts consider the Bay of Fundy to be one of the most rugged landscapes in North America. During low tide, visitors can literally explore the seafloor. Burntcoat Head Park is the ideal spot for visitors to hunt for fossils, search for purple sea stars and crabs in shallow tide pools, or eat lunch at a picnic table that is submerged in over 40 feet of water twice a day.
During high tide, thrill-seekers can kayak over the same spot where they walked along the seafloor hours before. Kayakers rave about the Bay of Fundy’s jagged rock formations, mysterious sea caves, and abundant whale population. Visitors who are seeking an adrenaline rush can attempt to ride the tumultuous tidal bore on the Shubenacadie River. A tidal bore occurs when the high tide rushes in across a river. A handful of tour companies offer tidal bore rafting adventures which include sliding down a natural mudslide and frolicking in the mud.
During the summer months, whale watchers flock to the Bay of Fundy to search the horizon for the rare right whale. Several family-owned companies offer eco-conscious tours which allow visitors to see whales up close. Onlookers can also view whales from atop one of the Bay of Fundy’s towering sea cliffs. There are few travel experiences more memorable than spotting a family of whales swimming in the sunshine.
The Bay of Fundy is the ideal travel destination for those who yearn to see the full power of the sea in all of its glory. The Bay of Fundy is home to countless hiking trails, scenic vistas. and an extensive fossil record that can be viewed at various places throughout the bay. Depending on the time of year, visitors can take a run on the seafloor at low tide, or eat gourmet food at a special event on the ocean floor before the high tide rushes in. The powerful ebb and flow of the Bay of Fundy never fails to thoroughly thrill nature lovers.