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F is for Fundy, the Bay of Fundy that is, where you’ll find the highest tides in the world!
We’ll tour through historic Halifax as we make our way to the Glooscap Trail and the Maitland area of Nova Scotia, on the shores of Cobequid Bay, Minas Basin, and the Shubenacadie River. While not as well known as other destinations in Nova Scotia, it is certainly worth the trip!
According to Mi’kmaq legend,
Glooscap was a God-like man who lived in the high bluffs of Cape Blomidon overlooking the Bay of Fundy. He was created by the Great Spirit Creator and brought to life with a lightning bolt striking sand. Glooscap brought wisdom and knowledge to the Mi’kmaq people and created the Bay of Fundy by smashing an evil beaver’s dam.
You will experience unparalleled vistas of stunning, natural, scenic beauty not found elsewhere in Nova Scotia. We’ll visit the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Center and Tidal Observation Deck where you can learn about the highest tides in the world and the unique Tidal Bore. From here, you will be able to stroll the easy-to-walk nature trail. The nature trail has a number of self-interpretive boards. Learn about the impact of Fundy’s tides along the Shubenacadie’s river flats.
Our first stop on your excursion, will be at the Tidal Bore Rafting Park - a restroom stop, and you may get the opportunity to see " tidal bore rafters" heading out to ride the bore or arriving back from bore rafting - there is always the opportunity to see the bald eagles that nest in the area.
At Maitland's Dawson Dowell Park, you'll be able to walk out on a tidal look-off pier - this is also the area where the Shubenacadie Canal ended.
At Anthony Provincial Park, depending on the tide, you may be able to walk a very long distance to reach the salt-water of Cobequid Bay - the beach is red sand and there interpretative display panels telling the story of this area on the Bay of Fundy. Restrooms here too.
At Burncoat Head where "The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy. Burncoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia has the greatest average tide at 47.5 feet and an extreme range of 53.6 feet."". The opportunity to walk on the ocean floor that at some point will be covered with 47 to 55 feet of water at high tide.
The Tidal Bore is a natural phenomenon of the Bay of Fundy’s extremely high tides. In V-shaped bays and inlets, the incoming tide ‘piles up’ as it moves inland into the Shubenacadie River which creates a rippling wave of water which varies in height from a few inches to several feet. This wave is called the Tidal Bore. As an added bonus, if tide and the time of your visit are in sync, we can arrange for you to Ride the Bore.
For the next part of this truly amazing excursion, we'll tour along Route 236 to the Salmon River Tidal Bore Park near Truro. Again, with tide (the incoming bore) and time cooperating, you might see the Tidal Bore ‘up front and personal’ - it is a truly amazing sight! There is a short video (approximately 10 minutes long) which plays in the park's Information Booth which fully explains the Bay of Fundy's tides and the tidal bore as well. It is both interesting and informative and you’ll be glad you took time to view it.
Our final stop on this outing will be at the Glooscap Heritage Centre near the Salmon River Park. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Mi'kmaq heritage and the true story and importance of Glooscap, which is all interwoven with the Bay of Fundy and its tides. We allow a full hour to explore this “hidden treasure of Nova Scotia." Following our visit, we return to Halifax. A rest room stop will be made as well.
Departures (Local Time)
9:00 AM (Hours: 6)
Choose Child / Adult Pricing
Cost Per Person (Adult)
Tour Cost: $131.00
Tax/Other Fees: $14.00
Total Cost: $145.00
Cost Per Person (Child)
Tour Cost: $121.50
Tax/Other Fees: $13.50
Total Cost: $135.00
Remember to bring your camera.
At the cruise ship pier. The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.