Province/Territory: New Brunswick

World’s highest tides. Fresh-caught lobster. Friendly local "Maritimers".

  • 12 species of whales
  • 100 billion tons of water in and out, twice daily
  • 373 minutes for water to flow each direction

Walk on the ocean floor without needing to hold your breath at this Marine Wonder of the World and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Pause to wonder how it’s possible that just six hours ago you were paddling a kayak near the tops of nearby towering rock formations and the water was 14 metres above the wet ground where you now walk, looking for rare stones and fossils. Realize you can’t stay too long because in just over six hours from now all 100 billion tons of water will have rushed back into the bay, all part of the world’s highest tides.

Whitewater raft on the waves that rush up nearby rivers—called tidal “bores.” Catch a jet boat ride across the swirling waters of the bay. Along the coastlines, fall in love with the friendly locals in one village after another in two different provinces. Examine whale skeletons, then dine on fresh halibut and chips in Saint John, New Bruswick. On the Nova Scotia side of the bay, hike to Cape Split for a birds-eye view of the bay’s swirling, ever-changing waters. Take up residence at a cottage in Margaretsville. Dine on a just-caught lobster, another reminder that nearby active waters are filled with wildlife. Get close to that wildlife—including possible sightings of some of the dozen whale species, dolphins, and birds like puffins, albatross, and heron, on a wildlife watching tour—available in either province. Allow yourself to admit that Mother Nature has created a great “wonder” on Canada’s east coast.

Outdoor adventure

  • Walk the Ocean Floor with a guide at the Hopewell Rocks.
  • Explore the "flowerpot" rocks by kayak with your guide along the route to Staircase Cove and Shepody Bay.
  • Ride the tidal bore rapids at Shubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting Park and Cottages.
  • Touch the ocean and hop in a kayak to follow your guide to both traditional and non-traditional fisheries and be treated to a shore lunch of Bay of Fundy smoked fish and organic produce.
  • Go rappelling and sea kayaking at Cape Enragé, called the “#1 view in Canada” by Frommer’s travel guide.

Arts & Culture

  • Learn about New Brunswick culture and nature on a guided tour.
  • Explore cultural history at Moncton University's Acadian Museum.
  • Sleep in the historic B&Bs of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, one of North America's oldest settlements.
  • Visit the oldest operational lighthouse on mainland New Brunswick, on duty since 1840, at breathtaking Cape Enrage.

Food & Drink

  • Taste just-caught fresh lobster at Hall's Harbour Lobster Pound.
  • Sink your teeth into classic fish & chips at Saint John City Market.
  • Sample famous Digby scallops in the Nova Scotia town they're named for.
  • Explore local wineries of nearby Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Search for Whales by Zodiac™ with Fundy Tide Runners Whale Watching.
  • Visit Grand Manan Island in the bay to see Jurassic-era lava floes.
  • Take a geology tour of the ocean floor on a search for fossils, zeolites and semi-precious stones.
  • Check out the New Brunwick Museum's extensive collection of skeletons in the Great Hall of Great Whales.
  • Go bird-watching among the marshes and cliffs formed by the powerful tides at Sackville Waterfowl Park.
  • Walk or hike. Interesting possibilities include the Fundy Trail in New Brunswick, and and Glooscap trail and very long Cape Split trail in Nova Scotia. Always ask locally about conditions and safety!

Weather

  • Spring in the Bay of Fundy area (mid March) brings temperatures from freezing to the comfortable low teens. As the temperature increases, so does your chance for water-based tours and activities.
  • From mid June through mid September, warm days are the norm across the Bay of Fundy region with July and August daytime temperatures around 18°C, although it may be cooler on or near the actual water. It’s the perfect time to play on the Bay of Fundy's rafting tours.
  • Fall arrives in mid September, bringing gradually cooler temperatures into mid-December. Early- to mid-fall is the time to experience the region's countless leafy trees in their dazzling show of autumn colours.
  • Winter can bring freezing and icy temperatures.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts
  • Deep: The Bay of Fundy extends 151 km (94 mi) inland between NS and NB • Wide: 52 km (32 mi) wide at the entrance
  • Tides: 100 billion tons of seawater flow in and out every cycle
  • High & Low: The average time between low and high tide is about six hours, 13 minutes
  • Cities: Saint John and Moncton, NB, and Digby, NS
When to go
  • Summer warmth, especially July and August, is the perfect time to experience the Bay's watery spray in a raft or boat.
  • Whales are generally in the bay from June through October.
  • Autumn brings a magnificent splash of natual colour as the leaves make their annual change.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • A car is best for making the most of your time in the region. Roads are generally excellent, but always check locally for road conditions.
  • Bus tours are possible for seeing the region. Starting from Moncton, try Road to Sea. Starting from Halifax, consider Aberdeen Bus Tours.