The Bay of Fundy, home of the highest tides in the world, provides a wide array of outdoor activities for every skill and ability level. From a leisurely walk along the ocean floor to an invigorating kayak trip along the rugged but picturesque shoreline, the Bay of Fundy offers adventures for all comfort levels.
Walk on the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park
Burntcoat Head Park is the site of the highest recorded tides in the world. At low tide you can easily make your way down the staircase to the seabed where you can explore. Look for fossils, carefully examine ocean life in the tidal pools, join a guided tour for expert insights, or simply marvel at the incredible scenery. A mere six hours later the mudflats where you once stood will be covered in up to 42 feet of water. Walking trails, a replica lighthouse, picnic area and scenic viewpoint of Cobequid Bay round out the experience. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes and sunblock!
Not Since Moses Run
If you thought walking on or exploring the ocean floor was a one of a kind experience, how about running a race on the ocean floor? You are literally outrunning the tides as the conditions are only ideal for this race for just a few hours. Lace up your running shoes (that you don’t mind getting muddy) and head to the village of Five Islands where you can participate in a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) or 10-kilometer event (6.2-mile). Cliffs which have been sculpted by the sea and soon to be underwater provide a magnificent backdrop.
Tidal bore rafting
One of the most fun and exciting ways to experience the Bay of Fundy tides, and found only in Nova Scotia, is riding the tidal bore. When the Bay of Fundy’s incoming tide meets the Shubenacadie River, excitement ensues! The rolling waves created by the tidal bore, ranging from eight to 20 feet, create the perfect roller coaster on water. Board a Zodiac raft, hold on tight, and prepare for the thrill of a lifetime as your expert guide skillfully maneuvers the raft through the waves. Afterwards, continue the adventure by mudsliding down the smooth and slippery mud of the river banks. Yes, you will need to bring a change of clothes!
Dig for dinosaurs
Not only is the Bay of Fundy famous for high tides, but its shoreline cliffs near Joggins are home to the world’s most complete fossil record of life 300 million years ago and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It may be hard to believe but in pre-historic times lush forests covered the area. Explore the rocky shoreline with an experienced guide from the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro where you’ll travel to a dig site by boat and uncover some of Canada’s oldest fossils.
Dining on the ocean floor
So, you’ve explored the seabed, rode the tidal bore, and dug for dinos. Now what? How about enjoying a gourmet meal on the ocean floor? Yes, we mean a multi-course, white linen gourmet meal. Hosted at Burntcoat Head Park by The Flying Apron Cookery, guests will enjoy an intimate 3-course meal consisting of local seafood, cheeses, and beef all paired with Nova Scotia produced beer and wine. But, be warned this is an extremely popular event. Plan many months in advance to experience this once in a lifetime meal.
Kayak the Bay of Fundy coastline near Cape Chignecto
The Bay of Fundy’s coastline is rocky, rugged and dramatic. Embark on a paddling excursion ranging from a day trip of a few hours exploring the fabled Three Sisters rock formation, coastal caves, and sea stacks, to a two- or three-day overnight paddling and private island camping adventure. Regardless of your trip length, you will see striking cliffs, experience the spectacular coastline from a unique vantage point on the water, and see the juxtaposition of the blue/green waters against the orange cliffs. Keep an eye out for sea birds and marine life with several species of coastal bird and seal sightings being common.
Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre
All this exploring of the Bay of Fundy may leave you wanting to know more. Visit the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre for a detailed explanation of the tides and local history. A tidal observation deck overlooks the Shubenacadie River and provides the perfect vantage point to view the tidal bore phenomenon first hand if you time your visit right.
In addition to incredible tides, the Bay of Fundy is also home to several species of whales during the summer months, including the rare right whale. Step aboard a whale watching tour boat departing from Digby Neck or Brier Island and head off the Bay of Fundy coast to look for whales. Your knowledgeable tour guides will point them out and answer your questions with May to September being the best time for viewing. Seeing a whale up close in its natural habitat is truly an indescribable experience, so be sure to bring your camera!