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Bay of Fundy
Situated on Canada’s east coast, the Bay of Fundy is known for its extreme tides. Twice a day the tide advances and retreats by as much as 52 feet (16 meters), leaving land previously covered by sea exposed and vice versa. The scenic lighthouse-dotted coastline, whale-inhabited waters, and quaint fishing villages add to the bay’s appeal.

The Basics
You can witness the Bay of Fundy’s extreme tides along Nova Scotia’s Fundy Shore at places such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Joggins Cliffs, where the erosion of coastal cliffs has revealed 300-million-year-old fossils. Saint John and Moncton, both in New Brunswick, also make good home bases, with nearby tide-viewing sights such as Reversing Falls and the Hopewell Rocks. 

Many whale-watching tours take place on the bay, as do rafting excursions on tidal bore rapids—where inflowing rivers meet the outflowing tides, creating waves. Food tours of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick allow visitors to taste fresh Bay of Fundy seafood. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bay of Fundy is a must for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. 
  • Check tide times before you go; note that times vary for different locations along the bay.
  • The intertidal zone (the area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide) is often muddy, so wear appropriate footwear.

How to Get There
The Bay of Fundy is situated between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The nearest international airports are in Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, and Halifax. Ferries run across the bay, connecting Saint John, New Brunswick with Digby, Nova Scotia. 

When to Get There 
The best time to visit he Bay of Fundy is from June through October, when boat tours run most frequently. To fully appreciate the extreme nature of the tides, try and visit the same location at peak high tide and again about six hours later, at peak low tide. 

Where to See the Ocean Floor
At low tide, the exposed ocean floor is accessible at several locations along the coast, including Joggins, Parrsboro, and Grand-Pré in Nova Scotia and St. Andrews, Alma, Hopewell Rocks, and Dorchester Cape in New Brunswick. If you want to walk on the uncovered ocean floor, plan to arrive about an hour before low tide. That way, you’ll have time to explore before the tide begins to creep back in.

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Whale & Nature Watching

Whale-Watching: Nova Scotia is one of the top destinations in eastern North America for whale watching, in terms of both the variety of species that can be seen and the sheer number of whales. The warm waters of the Gulf stream pass close by the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, creating an up welling of organic material, which in turn leads to plankton that attracts whales. From spring to late fall, the mouth of the Bay of Fundy is a feeding ground for some of the largest whales on earth, including fin whales, humpbacks, and the extremely rare Atlantic right whale. Smaller minkes, dolphins and porpoises are also a common sight. Whales are abundant in all of the coastal waters of Nova Scotia as they journey to and from their feeding and calving grounds. Don’t miss your opportunity to observe these beautiful giants in their natural habitats.
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Bay of Fundy / Hall's Harbour

The Bay of Fundy's shape and prevailing ocean currents conspire to create the highest tides in the world.Experience what happens as 3,680 billion cubic feet of water pour in and out of the "funnel" not once but twice each day. Boats and even ocean-going ships can be stranded high and dry. Vast tidal flats are waiting to be explored. That's how Hall's Harbour began in 1779 - as a pirate base for local scalawag Samuel Hall, his native Mi'Kmaq girlfriend and a band of cutthroat Yankee privateers. They would prey on the Planters and Loyalists to the British Crown. Finally, remember that this is a real fishing village, one that takes its living from the sea - not one created to please tourists. The fishermen and other village folk are usually busy with their work, but you'll find that they will often take the time to pass time the with visitors to their community. Why not come and spend some time with us?
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Saint John New Brunswick Roots Tour

Explore Canada’s beautiful Maritime provinces on this 6-hour St John and New Brunswick tour. Head along the Kingston Peninsula to Reversing Falls and enjoy beautiful views over the Kennebecasis River. Travel through rolling farm country and sample locally produced delicacies. Explore the vineyards of Gillis Winery on the banks of the St John River, and learn of the organic grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils. Gain insight into the wines’ delicate flavors during a tasting session. Then, visit St John’s Old City Market — Canada’s oldest farmers’ market.
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Bay of Fundy Food Tour in New Brunswick

Set off from St. John or St. Andrew in New Brunswick for this 8-hour food tour, which includes round-trip transport. During the day visit Granite Town Farms in St. George, well known for its blueberries, and try an appetizer at the award-winning Port City Royal in St. John. You’ll also get to visit one of Canada’s oldest open-air markets, St. John City Market, and sample smoked and candied salmon at the True North Seafood vendor stall. Plus this tour wouldn’t be complete without going to Spa Chance Harbour for views of the Bay of Fundy.
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