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where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

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where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

We will be spending one night in Digby, Annapolis Royal or Wolfville. Most likely Annapolis Royal.

Where is the best place in this area to view the tides?

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1. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

Wolfville would be the best area. A 15 min drive will take you to Halls Harbour which is a popular place to observe the change in the tides & enjoy a lobster dinner at the same time.

www.hallsharbourlobster.com

Check with the Wolfville Tourist bureau re: the tide times.

This is also an informative website

www.thehighesttides.com

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2. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

That is very good information, thank you.

Can you tell me where in Wolfville would be a good place to watch the tides (in the event we decide not to do Hals Harour)?

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3. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

You cannot really see the tides in Wolfville.

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4. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

Can you see them from Annapolis Royal?

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5. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

No. You need to be in or near Minas Basin at the eastern end of the Bay of Fundy. On this map I have marked some good places to go. My favorite is Advocate Harbour.

http://goo.gl/maps/vGHbu

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6. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

If you are going to Wolfville then only 1/2 hr drive to Hall's Harbour to view

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7. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

Another place to see the tides near Wolfville is Blomidon Provincial Park and go down to the beach. You will see signs posted there warning you about the tides and how you should be careful not to get trapped if the tide is on its way in. The beach there is nice and you would be right under the iconic red cliffs of Blomidon. It would be best to go when the tide is out but coming back on its way in to see the change. I actually prefer this location to Halls Harbour, although Halls Harbour is nice too. There is a little restaurant at halls Harbour so if you time your visit with the tides you could watch the tide roll out or roll in while you eat.

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8. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

In fact, you can see the rise & fall of the tides at the Wolfville Waterfront Park.

The tides flow in the river from the Minas Basin.

It's the same place that you can access the walking trails on the dykes.

The Wolfville Tourist centre is across the street from one of the parking lots.

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9. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

There isn't much to see with water slowly moving up a beach and then going back out. What is exciting to see is what those tides can do - the spectacle of the tidal rips like the 'Dory rips' at Cape d'Or or Cape Split, or the coast carved into towering sea stacks by the differential erosion of the tides on the geology of the coastline like at Cape Chignecto with the legendary Three Sisters formations or in NB at Hopewell. Or to really get into it, to ride the tidal bore, or kayak the tides with experienced guides that can explain what is going on around you. It is also interesting to walk out across a tidal beach at low tide if you can find ones like the red sand beach at Spicers Cove at Cape Chignnecto and see the difference in height from the low tide mark to the high water mark, but that means going to a specific beach at a low tide time and coming back at the high - or to watch the fishing boats rise with the tide at wharves like those found at Halls Harbour or Advocate Harbour. But if you plan just to head to the Bay of Fundy and see the tides, well, you just might find it a bit disappointing as to see the effect you have to spend some time along the shores of the Fundy and have a good idea what the tide timings are, which are different throughout the bay. If the largest tides on this planet intrigue you I would highly recommend you go to a place on the Bay of Fundy where you can really experience the full effect of a phenomenon where the volume of water is said to equal the volume of all the fresh water rivers in the world combined - flowing in and out every 6 hours. It is a true wonder of nature!

Best place to see the tidal rips, a coast carved through erosion of sea cliffs into a strange world of towering 'sea stacks', walk the ocean floor on sand beaches (not mud like in a lot of the upper bay) and see the fishing boats rise and fall in a tidal harbour, all in a compact area where you dont have to spend a lot of time driving around, that also has spectacular rugged scenery - you will not find a place that can match the Cape d'Or/Cape Chignecto area at Advocate Harbour. But - it is off the main tourist routes!

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10. Re: where to watch tides Annapolis Royal or Wolfville area

Thank you all for the great suggestions. I think we may do Halls Harbour, Bloomidon Provencial Park, or Burnt Cove.

I don't know if we will have time to drive over to Advocate Harbor since it is not enroute back to Halifax.