The Best of the Bay of Fundy

Get to know the phenomenon that is the Bay of Fundy 

Breathtaking sea cliffs, exciting wildlife, and the world’s highest tides— if you haven’t seen the Bay of Fundy, now is the time to knock it off your Maritime bucket list. Known as one of North America’s Seven Wonders, the Bay of Fundy is home to some of the world’s rarest marine life, ancient minerals and of course—those high tides. This natural wonder can be seen from both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which makes it the perfect destination next time you ride the ferry.

The Low-Down on those High Tides

hopewell rocks
Photo: @paradisaical

Don’t know where to catch the tides? No worries! There are many different locations to get spectacular views on both sides of the Bay. We recommend checking out the Tidal Bore—a natural phenomenon caused by outflowing rivers flowing back upstream as the tide comes in which creates some seriously big waves! The Tidal Bore is best seen in Moncton, New Brunswick along the Petitcodiac River or Nappan, Truro, South Maitland, and Parrsboro in Nova Scotia. No matter what type of tide you’re hoping to see—horizontal, vertical, tidal bore, rapids, whirlpools, and rips—take a look at the tide chart in the communities that you are visiting to check times and make the most out of your trip!

Dolphins, Porpoises & Whales, oh my!

whale jumping out of the water
Photo: @victoriamarinaw

The natural structure of the Bay of Fundy creates a protective environment making it an ideal home for many different marine wildlife species. With most returning to the Bay for the summer months—there’s a good chance you’ll see a whale or two! In fact, there are at least 12 different whale species, including humpbacks, minkes and even the endangered northern right whale calls the Bay of Fundy home. That’s not all—you’re likely to see an array of different sea-life such as dolphins, porpoises, seals, and many more! We can’t wait for you to see them for yourself.

Want to know more about Fundy’s inhabitants? Head to the Fundy Aquarium Ecozone—also known as the aquarium without walls. This “aquarium” can be seen where the Bay of Fundy meets the Gulf of Maine—and is full of fascinating marine life. Many whale species frequenting this area travel in small groups and live close to the water’s surface—meaning you’re almost guaranteed to see them rolling, breaching, jumping, tail slapping, and showing off on one of Fundy’s whale tours such as Mariner Cruises on Brier Island in Nova Scotia or Jolly Breeze in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. Tours run May through October.

Fantastic Fossils

Photo: @stitcher_girl

The Bay of Fundy isn’t just old–it’s ancient. In fact, when visiting, you may find fossils, minerals, and semi-precious stones dating back hundreds of millions of years. The massive tides of the Bay of Fundy have helped wash up some of these minerals and shape its towering sea cliffs. Get up close and personal with some of Fundy’s most stunning sea cliff’s when you visit Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick by kayak and paddle around its flowerpot rock formations. Or grab the whole family and make your way to Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia for a fun and education-packed day where you can view ancient dinosaur and reptile fossils from the shores of Fundy. Pitch a tent and stay the night at Fundy National Park and hike its many scenic trails. No matter where you end up—you’re bound to have a good time at the Bay of Fundy.

Ready to explore the Bay of Fundy? You can see the stunning views, magnificent marine life and more on the MV Fundy Rose’s observation deck. Leave the road behind, relax and enjoy the many onboard amenities when you plan your next ferry adventure!

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