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Bay of Fundy
...the thrill of the tidal bore...

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). The rivers then fill and the bore subsides.

a river emptying at low tide

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.

Hall's Harbour at high tide
Hall's Harbour at low tide

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.

Where to see the changing tides?

You can see the changing tides at several places 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 to see the location of these spots.

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.

walking on the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head

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.

view of the Bay of Fundy from Cape Split

Where to see the Tidal Bore?

The Tidal Bore can be best viewed in Maccan River, River Hebert, Truro and South Maitland.  My Bay of Fundy map will help you locate these places along the bay.

Some folks opt for the more adventurous way to see the tidal bore.  That is, on a zodiac.  There are several tour groups in the Hansport and Maitland areas that offer tours. 

These tours looks awesome but be warned that you will get wet and dirty and these boats go fast.  But it will be thrill and everyone loves it. check tour groups on viator/trip advisor

enjoying the incoming Tidal Bore


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.  Then you can check the closet town and its accommodation options on Trip Advisor.

Some major spots along the bay include Parrsboro, Truro, Wolfville, Windsor and Digby.

This awesome spot can be considered a great day trip if you are in the Halifax, Windsor or Truro areas.  These links will lead you to Trip Advisor which is my 'go to' place for accommodations.  You'll see a map on these pages so use the 'zoom-in' if you wish to see what is available closer to Noel.


There are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity of this location.  I suggest you bring a picnic lunch or have a meal along the way before you arrive.

If you coming via Maitland I suggest you stop at Canada's Oldest General Store, Frieze & Roy.  This store looks really cool.

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