Canada has a lot of natural wonders. One of the most amazing among them is the Bay of Fundy. Is it known for having the highest tides in the world.
The bay lies between Canadian provinces New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. A rural community of Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia, is a place where officially the highest tides in the world are recorded, the difference in water level reaches 16.3 m (53.5 feet). And what is interesting, the tidal cycle is 12.4 hours, which means that the interval between low and high tide is about 6 hours. Over this period. over 115 billion tonnes of water flows in and out (which equals to about 46 million Olympic-size swimming pools).
I have always dreamed about seeing this natural phenomenon myself since I first learned about it when I was in elementary school. And during my trip to Halifax I had the perfect chance! It was only a few hours away!
First, I drove to a town of Canning, where I was told is a good place to witness the tide. In my opinion it is quite mediocre. I have googled a little bit and I have found what seemed to be a perfect place. A village called Halls Harbor.
A short drive, and there it is! Exactly what I wished to see. Fishing boars lie on an ocean bed during low tide in a tiny harbor. I could only imagine what it looks like at high tide!
The village is really nice, small and remote. But despite this, it has a lot to offer, from restaurant with fresh lobsters to gift shop and a free WiFi on a street! As a bonus, they have a webcam that streams live on the Internet. Enjoy 😉
As the interval between tides is about 6 hours, I started waiting. Here on the Internet is official 7-day tide prediction, height and time.
In the meantime I explored the area properly, and prepared to shoot a timelapse of this amazing phenomenon. The result you can see here:
This is definitely once in a lifetime experience!
Another interesting phenomenon around the Bay of Fundy is co-called “tidal bore”, where a wave front of water “bores” its way up a river against its normal flow. Unfortunately I was not able to see it myself during this trip, and it is another reason to visit Atlantic Canada again!