The Bay of Fundy is well known for having the highest tides in the world and host to the tidal bore phenomenon. We want you to get “down and dirty” on the bay and truly experience all it has to offer.
We have created three day-tours which will take you along the Hants County Bay of Fundy shoreline. For each of these tours, you will be joined by a local guide who has intimate knowledge of the area. It is a fantastic opportunity to really see, learn about and experience this fascinating part of the world.
We will meet with our local guide at the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Centre in South Maitland. Tour the interpretive centre, stroll along the trail to the Observation Deck which offers spectacular views of the Shubenacadie River and if timing is right, we may see the tidal bore arrive. This area is abound with wildlife and is super for birdwatching.
Leaving South Maitland, we’ll head to Maitland to Frieze and Roys for refreshments. Frieze and Roys “Opened in 1839, this gem on the shores of the Cobequid Bay was around before confederation and is Canadas "Oldest Continually Operating General Store”!” We’ll relax and chat with your guide about the local area and finalize details of our tour. The weather can have a dramatic influence on what we choose to do for the day so this offers the perfect opportunity to tweak our itinerary.
Weather permitting, we’ll head to Burntcoat Head Park, perhaps stopping at some scenic vistas, parks or museums along the way. Burntcoat Head Park is where the highest tides in the world were recorded, “In 1975 The Guinness Book of World Records listed Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia as the site of the greatest average tide of 47.5 feet with an extreme range of 53.6 feet.”
With your guide, you can stroll along the ocean floor and acquaint yourself with some of the creatures (some unique to this area) who live here. Learn about the local area, geology and native lore which surrounds the area. This guided walk is for a moderate level of fitness and takes approximately 2 hours.
Following our ocean floor stroll, we’ll head to Walton for lunch. Here, you can visit the beautiful lighthouse which offers stunning views and if you are brave enough to climb the stairs, earn your Lighthouse Keeper certificate.
It’s a beautiful spot to end our Discovery Tour before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Naturally, on the Bay of Fundy
We’ll begin our trip meeting with our local guide at Walton lighthouse. We’ll become acquainted with our guide, learn about this beautiful little gem of a lighthouse and also about the surrounding barium mine - During its operation it was Canada's largest barite mine and one of the largest deposits in the world.
A short drive will take us to Blue Raven Farm where we will visit with “Ancient horses living on an ancient landscape” - Norwegian Fjord Horses. Here, we may accompany the owners and the herd for an unforgettable walk to their beach on the Bay of Fundy! “This ancient land and seascape offers a spectacular experience, topped off by having a herd of Fjord horses around you.”
We’ll lunch in Walton, following which, we’ll explore some of the organic farms in the area and learn about “woofers”. As we head towards Maitland, we may pop into parks, museums or meet with artisans along the way. If time allows, we may go ‘rock hounding’ to see if we can find some fossils, amethyst and other natural treasures or perhaps enjoy a short river stroll to beautiful waterfalls. The choice is yours.
Around every turn, we’ll encounter dramatic views of the Bay of Fundy and learn about the local area, its history and folklore. This is a shoreline that has a lot to offer, get to know it with a local guide and you’ll be a local in no time.
This is a tour where you can learn to appreciate some of the great things the Bay of Fundy shoreline can offer in a gentle, unassuming way.
We’ll meet with our local guide on the shores of the Avon River in Newport Landing, a site where New England Planters landed in 1760. Visit the quaint Avon River Heritage Museum featuring exhibits on New England Planters, Acadian settlers, local house histories, family histories, and Avon River ecology. It also houses an art gallery, café and gift shop offering unique, local products.
A short drive or moderate stroll will take us to Avondale Sky Winery. Enjoy a vineyard tour of this gorgeous winery and don’t forget to ask us about the intriguing story of the building itself and our harvest table. Take some time to sample award winning wines and browse their delightful gift shop.
We’ll head to Summerville to lunch at The Flying Apron Inn and Cookery. Indulge your taste buds with fine food, local ales and wines. The menu changes weekly to reflect the current harvest - most of the menu ingredients come from within 15minutes of the restaurant! Save room for dessert which will be a taste sensation!
A leisurely drive following the coastline will take us to Cheverie Beach. Enjoy a beach walk and explore the Wetland Bird Sanctuary, you never know what you’ll find or see. Continuing along the coastline, we may pop into Walton Lighthouse and Burncoat Head Park. We’ll have a final rest stop in Maitland at the “Oldest Continually Operating General Store” in Canada, before heading back to the city for the evening.
As with all Blue Diamond Tours, each of the above tours can be customized to your interests. For those who are feeling adventurous, you may wish to include Tidal Bore Rafting or Mud Sliding. For those looking for a more relaxed pace, you may want to include more museums, artisans or parks. We will work with you so you get the Bay of Fundy experience you want to remember.
"Fjord horses" By Inge Burr
"Sea creatures" and "Rock chair" By Nancy Pick