Fundy Fun Facts

THE HIGHEST TIDES
In 1975 The Guinness Book of World Records listed Burntcoat Head (57 km away) in the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin as the site of the greatest average tide of 14.5 m (47.5 feet) with an extreme range of 16.3 m (53.6 feet).
ALL THE RIVERS ON EARTH
At mid-tide, the flow of water into or out of Minas Basin through narrow Minas Passage near Parrsboro is the same as the estimated combined flow of all the rivers on Earth: a million tonnes of water per second.
VOICE OF THE MOON
At the mid-point of an incoming perigean-spring tide, at Cape Split the turbulence in the immense tidal current fills the forest on the towering cliffs with a hollow roar — a sound that has been called the Voice of the Moon.
EVEREST OF TIDAL POWER
Minas Passage is the best site on Earth for generating electrical power with in-stream tidal turbines. At mid-tide, the current near its north shore reaches 8 knots (15 km/h). At the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site near Parrsboro, the current may be seen along with displays of tidal power technology.
ONLY ONE IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
At Annapolis Royal, near the south coast of the Bay of Fundy, is the Annapolis Tidal Generating Station, where a large, 20-megawatt, single turbine has been providing electrical energy to Nova Scotia since 1984.
SMALL BOATS BEWARE
At spectacular Cape d’Or near Advocate, at the mid-point of an incoming perigean-spring tide, tidal turbulence rises up in frightful fury, particularly if accompanied by a strong southwest wind.
NOVA SCOTIA BENDS
As 9 to 16 billion tonnes of water flow into Minas Basin twice daily, the surrounding countryside tilts slightly under the immense load.
FUNDY FLYWAY FOOD
In mid-summer, small, shrimp-like animals (Corophium volutator) and marine worms (Polychaetes) living in the biologically-rich, intertidal sand and mudflats of Minas Basin and Chignecto Bay are a crucial food source for hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds.
FUNDY FOSSIL HOT SPOTS
Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wasson Bluff near Parrsboro
Blue Beach near Avonport
BEST PLACES TO SEE A TIDAL BORE
Here at Fundy Discovery Site on the Salmon River
Tidal Interpretive Centre (in South Maitland) on the Shubenacadie River
Tidal River Park on the Maccan River
Tidal Viewing Park in River Hebert
BEST PLACES TO SEE THE HORIZONTAL RANGE OF THE TIDES
Burntcoat Head Park, Noel (site of the highest recorded tides in the World)
Five Islands Provincial Park or Five Islands Lighthouse Park
Evangeline Beach, North Grand Pré
Blomidon Provincial Park, Blomidon
BEST PLACES TO SEE THE VERTICAL RANGE OF THE TIDES
Parrsboro Harbour (great for horizontal range as well)
Halls Harbour
Port Williams (south end of the bridge)
BEST PLACE TO EXPERIENCE TIDAL RAPIDS
Tidal river rafting excursions on the Shubenacadie River

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