|St Andrews on the sea|
|Home moved here in 1760s from Maine|
|Covered bridge in St. Martins|
|Alma Beach high tide, looking to|
where I was standing in the other
picture now in 36 feet of water
|Alma beach low tide, looking in|
from edge of water (3/4 mile out)
The big draw at Fundy National Park is the extreme tide, the largest high-low tide variation in the world. We went directly to Alma Beach where, at low tide, you can walk out 3/4 mile on the tidal basin. Then when the tide is high, that same place where you stood is in 40 feet of water.
|Boats in harbor at low tide|
Thus the desire to get there at low tide. We made it about 30 minutes after low tide so we got to experience the walk out on the basin. I went all the way to the waters edge. By that point it was over an hour after low tide and the tide was coming back in quickly. It comes in so fast you can literally see it moving and get a sense of how the tide rises around 40 feet (it varies) in 6 hours. Along the shore, docks have fishing boats sitting high and dry on stands. When the tide comes in it lifts them up and they are ready to go.
|Boats close to high tide|
|"Flower Pots" about 4 feet below|
|"Flower Pot" - lower tide, about|
half way down
The next morning we went back to Hopewell Rocks to see, and walk, the shore with the tide down. We got to the famous "Flower Pot" rock formations (called that because of the plants growing on top) about when the tide was a little more than half way down. The water was low enough to walk around the rock formations and be able to compare how things looked then versus when the tide was high the evening before.
|Daniels Flats near high tide|
|Daniels Flats near low tide|
This is the best link I could find trying to explain the giant tides in the Bay of Fundy. http://www.greatcanadianparks.com/nbrunswick/fundynp/page4.htm
Our plans from there were to see the Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia and visit some old seaport towns east of Halifax so we drove to a hotel near Halifax to use as our next base for exploration. This was a pretty easy and picturesque drive around the Bay of Fundy, over rolling hills, and into Nova Scotia. We checked into our hotel and then drove downtown to check out the waterfront and get something to eat. We found the city to be clean and nice with a great mix of old and new buildings. Halifax is the oldest city in Canada but it doesn't show it.
|Lunenburg Solomon House - 1775|
|Saint Johns Anglican Church - 1754|
|Halifax clock tower|
|Fishing in the Bay of Fundy|