Experience the Phenomenal Bay of Fundy

From Waterfront Park, located in downtown Wolfville you can explore one of the world’s most dramatic and dynamic coastlines. Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast. 

Each day 100 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle -- more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers. And the water level at high tide can be as much as 16 metres (52 feet) higher than at low tide. 

Wolfville experiences the Bay of Fundy's record setting tides each day as water fills and drains from the Wolfville Harbour, which is the world's smallest harbour.

But perhaps the most spectacular display of the tides on our planet occurs at Cape Split, on the southern side of the entrance to Minas Basin (Cape Split may be reached by a pleasant two-hour walk along a popular hiking trail from the village of Scots Bay, which is a 30-minute drive north of Wolfville). Here at the time of the mid-point of an incoming tide, for a considerable distance the forest on the towering cliffs is filled with a hollow roar produced by the turbulence of the waters surging over the submarine ridges below. The currents exceed 8 knots (4m/s), and the flow in the deep, 5 km-wide channel on the north side of Cape Split equals the combined flow of all the streams and rivers of Earth (about 4 cubic kilometres per hour). Three hours later the spectacle pauses, and then begins flowing in the opposite direction.

For more information on the Bay of Fundy and the Fundy Shore region please see Bay of Fundy Tourism.