Unbelievable Tides in the Bay of Fundy

  • Hopewell Rocks at high tide

    World's Biggest Vertical Tide Change

    Twice each day, more than 100 billion tons of water move in and out of the Bay of Fundy, in what is the world's highest tide – five times higher than the Atlantic Coast tide change.  Your best bet to see this dramatic change is at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. Nicknamed the "Flowerpot Rocks" for their reddish formations topped with greenery, the Hopewell Rocks are one of the region's top attractions, especially during high tide by kayak.   

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada.

  • Hopewell Rocks at low tide

    Hopewell Rocks - Walk on the Ocean Floor

    When the tide goes out, you'll have the unique experience of walking on the ocean floor, where you can see the flowerpot formations up close and beachcomb for marine treasure.  Visiting the Bay of Fundy is one of many great ways to discover Canada.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada.

  • Daniels Mudflats in the Bay of Fundy, near Hopewell Rocks

    Get Messy at the Mudflats

    Just a stone's throw from Hopewell Rocks, you'll find Daniels Mudflats – but only at low tide. This expansive muddy area makes up its own unique ecosystem where you can spot several species of migrating shore birds each summer, including thousands of semipalmated sandpipers.

    Photo courtesy of Andrea Schaffer

  • Whale watching in the Bay of Fundy

    Whale Watching on the Bay

    As you get away from shore, you'll find yourself surrounded by waters where up to a dozen species of whales call home. Whether you're basing yourself in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia, set aside some time to head out on a whale watching expedition during your stay.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada

  • St. Martins Caves at low tide

    Exposed Marine Caves

    Each time the tide drops, the water level falls 53 feet  – the equivalent of a five-story building – exposing the ocean floor as well as several marine caves. Near the town of St. John, you'll find the St. Martins Sea Caves, a series of sandstone caves created by hundreds of years of erosion.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada.

  • Kayaker in St. Martins Cave at high tide

    Go Spelunking in the Bay of Fundy

    While you can go spelunking in the caves at low tide, once the waters begin to rise again, you'll have to explore them by kayak. Either way, keep your eyes peeled for shore birds digging in the mud for their dinners.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada.

  • Hiking the Fundy Trail

    Hike the Fundy Trail

    One of the best ways to get out and explore the Bay of Fundy coast and its dramatic tides is by hiking or biking the Fundy Trail. Beginning in St. Martins, New Brunswick, the trail extends for 10 miles (16 kilometers) along the coastal clifftops. Visiting the Bay of Fundy in winter? Try cross country skiing the trail instead.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada.

  • Low tide at Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia

    Charming Maritimes Communities and Delicious Seafood

    Most people come to the Bay of Fundy for the stunning natural views, but the entire coastline is dotted with charming maritime communities, each begging to be explored. Whether you're wandering through St. Martins in New Brunswick or checking out the grounded boats during low tide in Hall's Harbour, leave yourself time for a seafood dinner, pulled right from the nutrient-rich waters of the bay.

    Photo courtesy of RobNS

  • Walton Harbour Lighthouse

    Beautiful Lighthouses

    Many of the Bay of Fundy's best lookouts also happen to be the sites of the Canadian Maritimes' most beautiful lighthouses. Since these structures are strategically placed on clifftop outposts, they make for perfect tide viewing and are incredibly photogenic.

    Photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis

  • Cape Enrage, Bay of Fundy

    Bay of Fundy One of Many Reasons Nova Scotia is Unique

    Beautiful Nova Scotia is hard to beat for a vacation destination.  From rocky coves near Halifax to amazing tides at the Bay of Fundy to Cape Breton's magnificent shoreline and beyond, it offers one natural surprise after another.  

    Photo courtesy of Tango7174