Experience the highest tides in the world on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. About 100 billion tons of water move in and out of the bay twice a day.
Burntcoat Head Recorded the Highest Tides in the World
Burntcoat Head on the Glooscap Trail, Route 215, in Nova Scotia are where the highest tides in the world are recorded. At the park in Noel there is a reconstructed lighthouse with detailed information on the tides. The shoreline is worth a visit. The bay rises and falls 16.3 meters which is more than 53 feet vertically from low tide to high tide in one cycle. Each of the two daily cycles takes 12.5 hours. The high tide occurs one hour later each day.
Watch or Ride the Highest Tides
The tidal bore is the headwaters of the incoming tide. It sweeps up the river as a standing wave and rapids. On Route 215 near Maitland, you can ride the tide on river rafts and feel the power of the water.
River Runners is one of the premier tidal rafting operators in Maitland, Nova Scotia. On the ride you will experience the incredible natural forces of the tidal bore. Your guide will lead you through the rapids and the story of the powerful bay.
To see the tidal bore, go to the Fundy Tide Interpretive Center and walk out to the overlook pier. You’ll meet folks from around the world. Nearby are the banks with the mud sliders and in the air will be the bald eagles. Stop by Maitland’s Frieze & Roy general store. It opened in 1839 and is the oldest continually operating general store in Canada.
Forest, High Tides and Shipbuilding
With wood from the forest and the tides providing a natural dry dock, Maitland was a major shipbuilding center in the late 19th century. The largest wooden sailing ship ever built in Canada, the William D. Lawrence, was constructed near the W.D. Lawrence House in Maitland. Today the house is a museum and if you walk around Maitland you’ll see many other homes from the shipbuilding era. W.D. Lawrence, the shipbuilder, was a protégé of Donald MacKay, the famous Boston builder of the “Flying Cloud” and other Yankee Clipper Ships in the 19th Century.
Go visit the East Hants Historical Society on Route 215 in Selma and read the diaries from the shipbuilding days.