The Bay of Fundy is a bay on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine.
The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal range in the world. Rivaled by Ungava Bay in northern Quebec, King Sound in Western Australia, Gulf of Khambhat in India, and the Severn Estuary in the UK, it has one of the highest vertical tidal ranges in the world. Finally, The Guinness Book of World Records (1975) declared that, indeed, the Bay of Fundy, at Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia, has the highest tides in the world. It averages about 50 vertical feet…
As the tide goes out, mud flats appear:
Today the caravan convoys to the Hopewell Rocks to see the effects of the tides. We arrived about 2 hours before low tide to give us a chance to walk on the ocean floor. The main “beach” was about 1 mile long – an easy walk from one end to the other. Along the way were amazing rock outcroppings, arches, towers, and “flower pots”.
After checking out the Visitors Center we walked through the woods to the bluffs overlooking the bay below:
At the first overlook we get a glimpse of what we will be experiencing:
We descended this staircase to reach the ocean floor. At high tide this entire structure is mostly under water:
These are the “Flower Pots”; these trees grow out of virtually solid rock:
At low tide the “beach”, which is actually the ocean floor, is quite muddy:
A rare photo of the two of us:
And some of our other intrepid caravanners:
Just about at low tide the ranger came down and gave his talk. We walked, again, from one end to the other as he explained the rocks, the birds, the towers, and the flower pots.
Once the tide starts to come in the rangers will place themselves at either end of the “beach” and herd the tourists back to the stairs up. The tides will rise at the rate of about 5 vertical feet per minute, so once the floor is covered, you’re under water quickly.
After all this excitement we needed lunch. We drove south to the tiny town of Alma for some fish and chips…
By the time we returned to The Villa we were exhausted… But I have things to do…
Since internet service in Canada is mostly non-existent, I went to the local Starbucks to catch up on writing and finances. It was nice to be able to work on the computer like it is supposed to be. Next, I went to the local New Brunswick Provincial Liquor store. I restocked the larder, so to speak, and called it a day.
Happy hours ensued, and an enjoyable time was had by all.