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The Bay of Fundy is home to world’s highest tides, up to 56 feet. The effect of the tides can be seen throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Whether you want to ride the tides or walk the ocean floor, there is an experience for everyone.
5 Ultimate Ways to Experience the Bay of Fundy
These are some of our favorite ways to experience the the world’s highest tides featured in the video above. Here are a few things to consider when planning your Bay of Fundy trip:
– There are two high tides and two low tides about every 25 hours.
– Tides are higher when there’s a full moon or new moon.
– Many activities are seasonal operating from May/June to September.
1. Ride the Tidal Bore and the Standing Waves
The best way to experience the Bay of Fundy is to go on a rafting tour. We went on a 2.5 hour rafting tour with Morgan at Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures and had an amazing time. As Joe said “one of the highlights since we’ve been on the road…” You can get an idea of the rafting tour by checking out the video at the beginning of this post.
If rafting isn’t an option, you can watch the tidal bore from the platform at the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre.
2. Walk the Ocean Floor at The Hopewell Rocks
The Hopewell Rocks is one of the most iconic places to experience the Bay of Fundy. There is an ever changing 6 hour window around low tide when you can walk the ocean floor. If you have time, go on the hour long guided tour to learn more about various rock formations. To experience high tide and low tide, plan to spend the entire day or take advantage of the two day admissions.
3. Fundy National Park
Although we didn’t stop in Fundy National Park, the drive through the park was stunning. Known for waterfalls and incredible views, the park offers many trails, overlooks and camping opportunities for an extended stay.
4. Reversing Falls in St. John
Another effect of the tides can be seen in St. John at the Reversing Falls. The falls are a series of rapids created when the tide from the Bay of Fundy is forced through the narrow gorge and over underwater ledges in either direction. You can view the falls from the bridge or take a short path down to Fallsview Park.
5. Relax at St. Andrews by-the-Sea
St. Andrews is a small quaint town associated with the Bay of Fundy. For a more relaxing pace, take a stroll down the pier to watch the boats come in or stop in for a tour of Sheriff Andrews House. In the afternoon, the ladies serve complimentary tea and cookies to guests. Joe really enjoyed the ginger crisps made from a 130 year old recipe.
Where to Stay Near the Bay of Fundy
We ended up parking overnight at Walmart in an RV. Below are some other options.