Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy is home to the most extreme tidal environment on earth. The highest tides in the world are found here within the Bay's Minas Basin. A billion tonnes of water flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy every 12.5 hours. That's enough to fill the entire Grand Canyon! It's more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers in the world and at its peak the Fundy tide can reach as high as a 5-story building. As a result Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy is also the best site on the planet for "green" tidal energy.
With extreme tides comes extreme adventure! The Shubenacadie River empties into the Bay of Fundy and is the only place on the globe where visitors can experience the exhilaration of tidal bore river rafting. Along with the highest tides in the world, the complexity of the Bay of Fundy's marine ecology has been compared to that of the Amazon Rain forest. The Bay is home to a diverse array of mammals, fish and birds including 12 species of rare and endangered whales. For this reason the Bay of Fundy is one of the best birding and whale watching destinations in North America.
The Fundy tides have carved a masterpiece to explore with endless coastal hiking and amazing sea kayaking. The powerful tides have also revealed numerous world-renowned dinosaur and fossil discoveries in Nova Scotia including one of the most significant dinosaur discoveries in North America near Parrrsboro and the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site: Joggins Fossil Cliffs.
Combined with endless natural wonder the Bay of Fundy is steeped in fascinating heritage and culture. From the Mi'kmaw legends of Glooscap and the first European settlement in North America, to the plight of the Acadians and the bustling age of sail - the Bay of Fundy is a treasure trove for history buffs. And those who enjoy a great culinary adventure will not only find sensational seafood, but will marvel at the Annapolis Valley's emerging wine industry featuring over 10 local wineries!
Where in the world can you go and see the ocean disappear twice a day?