This is New Brunswick nature in its grandest setting
Some places simply beg for superlatives. Biggest. Highest. Deepest. Grandest. And others? Others defy language, and rather beg you to let the feelings of the place wash over you. Welcome to New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy region.
A visit to this special place will reward you with the world’s highest tides plus billion-year-old coastlines and every kind of experience: wet, wild, and sophisticated. Bike, hike, or drive along the Fundy Trail; rappel down craggy cliffs at Cape Enrage; set up camp at Fundy National Park. If you want to swim, New River Beach Provincial Park and Herring Cove Provincial Park are perfect spots for a dip. And vibrant city life is at the centre of it all in Saint John—the only city on the Bay of Fundy. This is a place that not only feeds your sense of adventure. It nourishes your soul.
The highest tides in the world
Here, your capacity for wonder isn’t just filled. It overflows. The tides in the Bay of Fundy can rise an unbelievable 16 metres (52.5 ft.), with 160 billion tonnes of seawater gushing in and out of the bay twice a day. They are best experienced at The Hopewell Rocks, where you can walk around giant sea stack monoliths at low tide then watch the tide rise up around them. Come high tide, you can weave a kayak around the very rocks you were gazing up at.
The power of the tide is also visible in Saint John at the Reversing Rapids. At low tide the Saint John River empties into the Bay of Fundy, causing a series of rapids and whirlpools. As the tide rises, it slows the river current for a brief period—called slack tide. The Bay's tide continues to rise, gradually reversing the flow of the river; rapids form again, peaking at high tide. Watch this unique phenomenon from the lookout point near the bridge in Fallsview Park, or get a bird’s-eye-view from Wolastoq Park.
Another place where you can experience the effect of the tide is the tidal bore in Moncton. When the quickly rising waters of the Bay of Fundy tide meet the Petitcodiac River, it pushes against the river’s flow, causing the water in this otherwise placid river to roll back upstream in a wave that ranges in height from three cm (one in.) to 75 cm (30 in.) and at speeds up to 13 km/hour.
Some memories loom larger than others
Hold your breath and wait for it—as whales breach, your jaw might drop. Sail the Bay on safe vessels guided by experts who know just what to look for. Simply choose how you want to get out into the playground where these majestic creatures live. Our whale-watching guides have plenty of options for you to choose from, including a sailing vessel, catamaran, cruiser, and speedy zodiac!