The Bay of Fundy is one of the world’s great natural wonders – so much so that in 2009 it was designated as Canada’s entry for the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It beat iconic places such as Niagara Falls and the Canadian Rockies.
Statistics about the Bay of Fundy are mind boggling; it has long been recognized that the world’s highest tides are found here, but few know that 160 billion tons of water flows in and out of the bay every day. That’s more than the output of all the rivers in the world combined. That volume of water flow has great consequences, from creating unique geographical features to making the bay a haven for the largest whales on earth.
The starting point is the city of Moncton, which has a number of must-see attractions. They include Tidal Bore Park, where you can learn and observe firsthand the effects of the rising tides. Not related to the Bay of Fundy, but on every visitor’s must-see list is Magnetic Hill, where your car will be pulled uphill in defiance of the forces of gravity and nearby Magnetic Hill Zoo with a world class collection of big cats.
Leave Moncton by crossing the Petitcodiac River and following Highway-114, which has wonderful river views as it widens near the head of the bay. Next stop: the world famous Hopewell Rocks. Depending on the tide you can either walk on the ocean floor amid these amazing flowerpot formations or kayak between them in twenty feet of water. If you want to do both, spend the time waiting for the tide to change at the nearby Albert County Museum.
The Bay of Fundy is a famous birding hotspot and there is no better place to view thousands of migrating shorebirds than Mary’s Point. If you’re looking for something a little more strenuous you’ll find it at Cape Enrage where you can rappel down the sheer cliff face, zipline over it or just enjoy one of the finest views on the Bay of Fundy. The Cape House Restaurant here is the place to try New Brunswick fiddlehead ferns, a gourmet wild vegetable.
Just when you think the scenery can’t get any better, you come to Fundy National Park with some of the finest hiking and camping to be found anywhere. Don’t miss the trail to Dickson Falls or the photogenic covered bridge at Wolfe Point.
The last stop on this tour is the prettiest town in New Brunswick, St. Martins, where you can see two covered bridges at once. It is the entry point to the Fundy Trail Parkway, one of the world’s great scenic coastal drives.
After St. Martins it is a short drive to Saint John and the start of more adventures.