The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s largest tidal fluctuation with an average fluctuation of 14.5 meters. While the local Native American people once attributed this to a giant whale swishing his tail, we now know this is due to the depth of the bay and its funnel shape. Experiencing this tidal fluctuation would be the highlight of our day, but by no means the only thing we saw that day.
We started the day with a wonderful 45 minute hike to Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park. As we descended into this cool valley, we could actually feel the temperature drop. The valley where the falls were was so lush and green, and the boardwalks made the hike easy to experience the area. Dickson Falls itself is not a massive waterfall, but it certainly is beautiful tucked up into this wonderful forest setting.
Leaving the National Park, we made our way around to Cape Enrage, a beautiful area of towering cliffs housing the Cape Enrage Lighthouse. Lighthouses are essential guides on the coast, and this one looked out over an area which is known to be very violent during big storms (hence the name). On our visit though the skies were blue and the sun was out and we enjoyed visiting the lighthouse and learning about its history and the history of the people who watched over it.
After lunch, the tide was finally out and we made our way down to the namesake formations in Hopewell Rocks National Park. What an amazing experience to hike along the ocean floor where only six hours earlier or six hours later we would be deep underwater. Making our way through these majestic, tree covered rock formations left us all in awe. Some of us chose to explore further down the beach, while others chose to look more deeply on a ranger guided tour. All of us took plenty of photos.
As the tide started its twice daily return, we made our way back to the cliff tops and set off on our way. The Bay of Fundy was once a finalist for the New Seven Wonders of the World. After spending the day exploring the area, it is easy to see why.
To experience the unique landscape of Fundy National Park, and discover the numerous rivers and waterfalls of the area, join our 13 day New England & Canadian Maritimes tour.
Author: Michael - Hi there! My name is Mike Harding and I am originally from Washington DC. I attribute much of my love for travel to entirely too many trips to the Smithsonian as a child. For a kid who grew up in the big city though, I spent a lot of weekends out in the woods camping and hiking. It was out in the wild that I realized that I wanted to spend my life outside. I went to University and studied Wildlife Management and American History, and I guess when you put those two passions together you end up with a Tour Leader. I have spent 9 wonderful seasons working for Grand American Adventures all over the USA and Canada. I consider it a real privilege to show people around my home continent.