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Making the Most of the Fundy Tides

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Making the Most of the Fundy Tides

Hi There:

We will be in NS and want to see the Fundy Tides. I've got two questions though. What city is a good base to visit them from. Also, we would like to visit Hopewell Rocks in NB. Is there a good quality boat tour that goes between the two provinces?

Thanks for your help!

gxp
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1. Re: Making the Most of the Fundy Tides

Not aware of any cross Fundy boat tours. There is a ferry from Digby NS to Saint John NB.

http://www.acadiaferry.com/

I would drive down from Moncton NB to Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, and then on to Alma and Fundy National Park. Seeing the tides in Alma, a picturesque village is nice.

http://www.villageofalma.ca/

If you have time, a naturalist led walk in the park out on the tide flats is very interesting.

www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nb/fundy/index.aspx

There is tide times there too.

There is more Fundy information at:

www.bayoffundytourism.com/travel/ferry.php

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2. Re: Making the Most of the Fundy Tides

A great place to see the full effects of the Fundy tides is Advocate Harbour in Nova Scotia. The large tidal harbour here will give you excellent photo opportunities as the fishing boats float to the top of wharf at high tide and settle onto the ocean bottom at low. Those fishermen really have to know how to tie a boat up! Advocate is the host village for the spectacular Cape d'Or and Cape Chignecto atractions. At Cape d'Or you can take in a operating lighthouse and fog horn situated on a picturesque basalt spire that hooks far into the tide of the bay. Three major tidal currents meet here to create the awesome Dory Rips - best to get there a couple hours before the top of the flood tide.

Then at Cape Chignecto, Eatonville day use entrance, you can do the easy walks to view the legendary Three Sisters, sea stacks that tower 100 ft above the sea bottom, or 130 feet at low tide. On the way to the day use park at Eatonville you can do the walk on the ocean floor at the beautiful sea cliff framed Spicers Cove. At low tide there is a huge red sand beach that can be walked for miles. Fantastic photos with the large beach and towering cliffs - that at high tide drop right into the ocean - so check those tide times if you are going for a walk as the cliffs cannot be scaled.

Great thing about the Advocate Harbour area is that everything is clustered together. Unlike Hopewell, this is a wilderness area off the beaten tourist routes so lots fewer tourist, no big paved parking lots and no tour buses - just beautiful Nova Scotia nature . There are no boat tours between the provinces, other than the ferry on the southern part of the bay where you wil not see the big tides. Check out more about the Advocate destination at www.bayoffundytourism.com where if you want to find out what you can do in the area go to the "things to do" page. www.fundyfun.com is another good site. Advocate is just over a hour from Amherst at the entrance to Nova Scotia, or three hours from Halifax, 21/2 from the airport.

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3. Re: Making the Most of the Fundy Tides

If you are up for it, I would highly recommend rafting the tidal bore on the Shubenacadie River. Our family had a blast. We used: www.tidalboreraftingpark.com

We also enjoyed sea kayaking at Hopewell Rocks. We found the tides very impressive to watch from there although that's in New Brunswick.

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4. Re: Making the Most of the Fundy Tides

Hi Sealegs3,

Welcome to the NOVA SCOTIA TRAVEL FORUM.

I just recently returned from a trip to The Maritimes (6-1/2 Days) where we spent 4 of those days fascinated by the Bay of Fundy Tides... from the Maine / NB Coast (Campobello Island thru to Moncton... and then the NS North Shore Wolfville to Digby). The Bay of Fundy is HUGE... aprox 250 Kms from one end to the other… the tides and the geography are very different from one end to the other... as is the landscape, tide times, height of tides, etc. One can certainly get a "general" idea by seeing them in one spot (such as Hopewell Rocks)... but for the full effect one truly needs to see them from a variety of angles.

Personally, I would say, like the rest of Canada one cannot look at setting up a base-camp… the best way to experience our amazing scenery is to become one with it by getting up close and personal, and moving around.

Places of interest for us (where we saw amazing things on the Bay of Fundy) included… Campobello Island – Deer Island – St Andrews (drive across the Ocean Floor) – St Martins (Sea Caves) – Alma – Waterside (Salt Marshes) – Cape Enrage (Red Cliffs) – Hopewell Cape (Flowerpots) – and Moncton… and that was just the NB side of the Bay! Equally as much to see on the NS Side (which we also did).

As others have said, the tides are an evolving thing… a place can look incredibly different from High & Low Tide.

In our case our days looked like this…

Lubec Maine to NB... Campobello & Deer Islands – Saint John – St Martins – Bay of Fundy National Park – Alma – Waterside

NB... Waterside – Cape Enrage – Hopewell Rocks – Moncton

NS... Blomidon Look-Off – Minas Basin – Bay of Fundy NS – Annapolis Royal – Digby

Digby NS – Ferry to Saint John NB – St Andrews NB – Maine Coast

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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