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Everything to do in the Bay of Fundy

Aubrey Higgins2020-05-04

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Canada is a beautiful country, with an ever-changing landscape spanning from coast to coast. One of Canada’s most beautiful treasures is located along the East Coast, and that is the Bay of Fundy.

If you haven’t visited the Bay of Fundy, you’re missing out. A prime example of East Coast beauty, the bay touches the coastlines of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the edge of Maine.

A location rich in both personality and natural phenomena, the Bay of Fundy is your next ideal Canadian travel spot. What makes it so ideal?

We’ve put together a list of the amazing attractions you’re going to want to see yourself, all located within the Bay of Fundy.

1. Some of the Best Whale Watching

Best Whale Watching

There is no sight more breathtaking than a whale breaching the surface of the water. With the whale watching season spanning from Spring to Fall, there are a potential 12 species of whale that frequent the bay and provide incredible sights to tourists.

The abundance of krill and other fish swept in through the strong currents create an ideal breeding ground and nursery for whales, dolphins, seabirds, and seals.

Some species of whale you may potentially see throughout the season include Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Blue Whales, and the North Atlantic Right Whale. While the season covers seven to eight months, August is the best time to visit as far as whale watching goes.

2. The Incredible Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park

Nestled in between Saint John and Moncton, Fundy National Park is a stunning place for families to get out and experience nature. With campgrounds, hiking trails, coastal viewpoints, boating, kayaking, and three incredible waterfalls, the possibilities are endless.

A stop at Fundy National Park is also featured on our Hopewell Rocks and Bay of Fundy tour from Saint John. There is even a golf course for the golfer in the family!

3. Picturesque Campobello Island & the Roosevelt Summer Home

Picturesque Campobello Island & the Roosevelt Summer Home

This rocky island is a part of New Brunswick but also hosts the historic Roosevelt family summer home. From 1905 to 1921, US President Roosevelt and his family summered in his original childhood home found on the island.

The 34-room cottage is open to the public for guided tours as well as the Tea with Eleanor program, where staff relates personal stories from Eleanor Roosevelt whilst guests dine on tea and cookies. Also, worth seeing on the island are Herring Cove National Park and the classic East Quoddy Lighthouse.

4. The Stunning Hopewell Rocks

Hopewell Rocks

The most dramatic example of the tidal forces in the Bay of Fundy can be found at Hopewell Cape. At the cape, numerous rock pillars have been carved up by the water over the years, and at high tide, appear as small islands covered in vegetation.

At low tide, these massive stone pillars stand as high as 21 meters from the ocean floor. There is nothing else like it, and it’s breathtaking to see in person. Commonly referred to as flowerpot Rocks, these famous rocks can be visited on our Bay of Fundy and Hopewell Rocks Tour

5. St. Andrews by the Sea & the Huntsman Marine Science Centre

St. Andrews by the Sea & the Huntsman Marine Science Centre

A vacation retreat for over 100 years, this incredible town offers numerous activities and attractions, including beautiful summer homes as well as Kingsbrae Garden. With over 50,000 perennials, Kingsbrae Garden is one of Canada’s largest horticultural attractions.

If vacationing with the kids, the Huntsman Marine Science Centre is an excellent place filled with kid-friendly activities to help learn more about marine life and local habitats.

They can even meet, and feed, sea animals not seen in any other public exhibits.

6. Ride the Waves of the Shubenacadie River

North of Halifax, the tidal forces of the Bay of Fundy create walls of water that rush upstream and can even be experienced first-hand through the local river and rafting tours.

This is an unforgettable experience as you feel the power of nature underneath your boat.

7. The Fascinating Joggins Fossil Cliff

Thousands of years of tidal erosion have revealed 15 kilometers of coastal cliffs playing host to the world’s most complete fossil record of life on Earth from 300 million years ago.

The constant tides reveal more and more fossils of plant and animal life dating back to when the first animals moved from living in the water to life on land.

8. Cape Enrage

Cape Enrage

This place is so beautiful, photos of it look like they belong in a gallery, Cape Enrage is somewhere you don’t want to miss.

The lighthouse at Cape Enrage was originally built in response to the reef at the base of the overlook, which causes violent seas and has caused numerous shipwrecks.

The lighthouse itself is a place worth visiting, but additionally, there is an outdoor activity center, rock-climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and a 600-foot zipline.

9. The Reversing Falls Rapids of Saint John

The Reversing Falls Rapids of Saint John

This is truly a natural phenomenon and the best place to witness the power of the tidal forces in the Bay of Fundy. The high and low tides yield an 8-meter difference in sea level, causing absolute chaos in the water.

When the tide is in, it creates massive whirlpools and forces the river to change direction with a waterfall that flows upward. Once the tide ebbs, the river returns to its natural course and the falls flow over the ridge in the other direction.

Tourists can look down at the falls from Skywalk Saint John, offering an 8-meter extension from the cliff and an unforgettable point-of-view, or experience them on a See Sight Jetboats sightseeing tour

See Sight Jetboats sightseeing tour
Other memorable experiences in the Bay of Fundy include vineyard and winery tours, boat and kayak tours, museums, and endless natural sites to take in.
If you’re interested in visiting the Bay of Fundy, check out our Saint  John Tours.
 
Skywalk Saint John
This is not your normal vacation, but a great place to bring your family, experience some of Canada’s best attractions, and remind yourself of just how incredible the natural world can be.

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