Have you ever heard of the Tidal Bore? This is a natural phenomenon that occurs twice daily on Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy. The phases of the moon actually determine the height of the tidal bore. The best part is that you can ride the Tide Bore on a zodiac.
The incoming tides on the bay are extremely strong. They actually reverse the flow of several rivers that empty into the bay during low tide. The rivers don't really have the time to fully empty.
High tide occurs and causes the reversal which results in the Tidal Bore (or wave). Basically the outgoing waters and the incoming collide. The rivers eventually fill and the bore subsides.
The height of the Tidal Bore and the height of the tides themselves are linked to the phases of the moon. The bore and the tides are at their highest when the moon is closest to the earth. And at their lowest when it is further away.
Luckily for us Fisheries and Oceans Canada maintains a website which tells us the predicted times for high and low tides as well as the times for the tidal bore. You'll see on the website that you can indicate the date as well as the place along the bay where you want the information.
You can see the changing tides all along the Bay of Fundy. But remember that to see low and high tides at the same place will mean that you'll need to stick around for about 6 hours.
Check my Bay of Fundy map below to see the location of the spots I mention here.
You can actually walk on the ocean floor at low tide in Joggins, Wasson Bluff, Five Islands and Burntcoat Head. If you do visit these areas be sure to check the tide schedule beforehand. If your timing is good you could see both the low tide and the incoming high tide or vice-versa.
Watching the changing tides from atop cliffs that overlook the bay is awesome. Check out Cape d'or, Partridge Island, Cape Split and Blomidon Park. Hiking in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park or along the Bay of Fundy coastline between Advocate Harbour and Economy will also give you super views.
Some folks opt for the more adventurous way to see the Tidal Bore. That is, on a zodiac. Fundy Tidal Bore Adventures in South Maitland offers these tours.
This looks awesome but be warned that you will get wet and dirty and these boats go fast. But it will be a thrill and everyone loves it.
There are many places to stay along the Bay of Fundy. Once you decide on your planned activities I suggest that you check their location on my Bay of Fundy map. Then you can check the closet town and its accommodation options on Trip Advisor.
Nova Scotia has a wide variety of places to eat. From fine dining, family restaurants, pubs and pizza spots. There is something for everyone.
I suggest you check my Where to Eat page for some tips on how to find a restaurant in your location.
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