Bay of Fundy - Canada
Have you ever seen an ocean disappear before your eyes? In the Bay of Fundy you can experience this not only once, but twice a day. Nova Scotia’s most impressive natural phenomenon is caused by one of the highest tides in the world, which sees the Atlantic Ocean fill the bay’s Minas Basin before emptying, leaving some coast entirely dry for large parts of the day. This gives you the otherworldly opportunity of walking on the sea floor at low tide. Not only this, but the bay is home to tidal bores, a phenomenon in which the incoming tide forms a wave of water that travels upstream, against the rivers natural current. This gives visitors one of the only chances in the world to experience exhilarating tidal bore river rafting, as the incoming wave propels kayaks and boats upstream. The high tide has also created several impressive geological features, not least the Hopewell Rocks formation, a set of huge rock stacks in various fascinating shapes. Fundy is the perfect setting for coastal trekking and sea kayaking, and also provides opportunities for whale watching where it meets the Atlantic.
Where is it?
The Bay of Fundy runs in the gulf between the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, on the Atlantic coast of North America.
What is it?
The bay is known for having one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, and is one of the only locations which produce tidal bores as the tide races up various rivers in the gulf.
Best time to visit?
The tidal bores are not seasonal so can be seen all year round, but travel from May to October to avoid the bitterly cold Canadian winter.
Hopewell Rocks are the best known geological feature in the Bay of Fundy, but the Three Sisters are much larger sea stacks and are still in a wild pristine environment. They are slightly harder to get to as a result, but their remote location makes them all the more impressive, as they jut sharply out of the coastline.