Top Things To Do in The Bay of Fundy

Ocean View

Views that inspire in all directions.

Flying into Toronto after a week touring the Bay of Fundy, I felt it. And, it took me by surprise.

I felt the difference between a city with a manufactured rhythm and a place where the rhythm is naturally created by the 12 hour cycles of the ocean tides.

I took a deep breath and re-entered  Toronto while wondering whether a cottage on The Bay of Fundy could make sense in my life.

The Bay of Fundy – a Natural Wonder Perfect for Solo Travelers

The Bay of Fundy is a special place in so many ways that it is shortlisted as one of the New7Wonder of Nature. I went to have a look thanks to New Brunswick Tourism and Tourism Nova Scotia. The final list of Seven will be announced in November. Between now and then, I’ll write a couple of posts a month to share with you why you definitely want to go there and, hopefully, inspire you to help them with the cause by voting for The Bay of Fundy.

Lobster on a plate

The seafood is fantastic - I enjoyed it daily.

Top Things to Do

In this post I’ll give you the top things to do around the Bay of Fundy by theme. Over the next few months, leading up to the vote, I’ll go into each them in more detail.

  1. Adventure travel – from hiking to ziplining to sea kyaking and horseback riding, there is lots around the Bay of Fundy for the adventure traveler. But, top of the list has to be riding the Tidal Bore. I had no idea what to expect. I thought it was like rafting but, other than than the fact that you’re riding in a zodiac and you get wet in wild water, it’s nothing like rafting. Watch for the post on that experience on Solo Traveler.
  2. Food and Wine – I ate great food and drank local wine around the Bay of Fundy every single day. From road side stops for excellent lobster rolls to fine dining restaurants overlooking the ocean, I had great food. I also discovered a few surprisingly good wineries when there – they don’t export to Ontario.
  3. Music – Maritimers are known for their music. I stepped into the heart of the music scene in St. Andrew’s by the Sea when I met Jamie Steel. He’ll show up in a post on music as well as one on how to meet the Right Locals.
  4. Geology and Paleontology – Who knew? There is lots to dig around the Bay of Fundy. For those into rocks and fossels, there is the Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and the geopark in and around Saint John, New Brunswick.
  5. Marine experiences - This is no surprise but some of the activities were. Of course, you can go fishing and whale watching but have you dug clams with a man who has done so for 40 years? He’ll teach you the technique. Add to that dulce harvesting and you have a Fundy Experience.
  6. Spectacular Scenery - If all you want is to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery the Bay of Fundy is your place. Everywhere you look as you drive around the Bay offers beautiful scenery. I’ll give you an itinerary soon.
  7. History – This history around the Bay of Fundy starts with the Mi’kmaq people. Moving forward in time, Europeans were there in the 1600s. The City of Saint John was the first incorporated city in Canada and it’s right on the Bay. In the 1800s the region was alive with summer resorts and private retreats.
  8. Acadian Homecoming – In the Expulsion of 1755, the Acadians (french speaking) of Nova Scotia were removed from the area by the English. Consequently, there is an Acadian diaspora all over the world. The Grand Pré National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the Acadian settlement and is a destination for those with Acadian heritage including the cajuns of Louisiana.
  9. Hospitality of the People – There are no people in the world like those from the Maritimes. Happy, relaxed and helpful, it’s important to take the time to mingle. Go to Slocum and Ferris in the Saint John City Market. I’ll give you more details soon.
  10. Flora and fauna – How can I forget the pleasure of watching deers in the wild or enjoying the beauty of the wild flowers – I was particularly taken with the fields of buttercups punctuated by stands of wild irises that we rode horseback through.

As I’m sure you can tell, I’m quite smitten with the Bay of Fundy. I’ll be writing more over the months leading up to voting it one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Have you had a Bay experience? Please share in the comments below.

Spectacular rock outcroppings on the sea

Walking on the ocean floor at the spectacular, environmentally curious and ecologically necessary Hopewell Rocks.

There are Two Ways to Vote for the Bay of Fundy

  1. Online for free through the website votemyfundy.com which takes you to the voting page of the New7Wonders.com website. You will be asked to choose your favorite 7 finalists
  2. Vote on any Canadian cell phone by texting FUNDY to 77077 ($0.25 per text)
  • solotraveler

    Lovely!

  • solotraveler

    You know, having been to Saint John numerous times I’ve only heard of the reversing falls, never seen them. Thanks for adding it to the list.

  • John D. Wentworth

    Reversing Falls Restaurant, Saint John

  • John D. Wentworth

    Presently live in Fairhaven, Deer Island from Apr to Oct .. have travelled the world and found many, many places that are beautiful in their own way.  None are any nicer than right here .. plan is to be here full time come next year!!  Can’t wait!!

  • Dani

    I visited the Bay Of Fundy on my trip to the east coast of Canada last year….incredible! Such beautiful nature everywhere you look! I enjoyed visiting the Hopewell Rocks to see the tides, just amazing…

  • solotraveler

    Alas, I didn’t make it to Grand Manan – and I’ve heard so many good things. Another time. I will be back.

  • http://gmsurfsidemotel@nb.aibn.com Holly Cheney

    Did you have a chance to visit Grand Manan Island? To “Harry”, a great place to sit back and watch the “20 something” foot rise and fall of the tide in my backyard on 5 acres overlooking the ocean is the Surfside Motel in North Head. You can catch a glimpse of osprey, bald eagles,whales from the comfort of your lawn chair, enjoying your favorite beverage! Best Lobstah Rolls and Chowdah in the east are just up the road at the Back Porch Cafe!

  • http://www.wanderingeducators.com wandering educators

    oh i want to hear more!!! i tried to vote but their site is down. nevertheless, i SO WANT TO GO NOW. thank you!

  • Lana

    I was looking for ideas to get away from DC heat in August.. Your article inspired me to look into Bay of Fundy! Do you have a recommendation on a hotel there? Thanks!

  • solotraveler

    Oh, there is lots more to come. :)

  • http://atravelerslibrary.com Vera Marie Badertscher

    Thanks so much for this info. I’m currently planning a trip to Nova Scotia for August, so your ideas will come in handy.

  • http://www.travelyourself.ca/1 Cailin

    I am excited for all of your posts coming soon Janice! Even though I have grown up so close to the Bay of Fundy I actually haven’t spent much time there aside from tidal bore rafting last year.
    I’ve been dying to see Hopewell rocks! Maybe that is where I will go this year :)

  • solotraveler

    Cape Enrage would be one place to go. They have a new restaurant there and the food is fantastic. I had the pheasant cannelloni. It was delicious. Here’s the link: http://www.capeenrage.ca/en/plan-your-trip/restaurant There’s also a zip line there and a light house. Great views and you can walk on the ocean floor when the tide is out.
    I hope you get there and enjoy.

  • Harry

    I was wondering if anyone had any good advice on a spot to eat and drink while watching the tides. Dramatic views would be a plus.

  • http://geneslens.com Gene Bowker

    WOW.. that lobster makes me hungry. I had some great lobster when I visited my now wife at her home in Eastern Maine.

    The Bay of Fundy looks incredible and makes me want to take a trip up to Canada soon.

  • http://bayoffundy.com Mike Postma

    Great article Janice! I run a Bay of Fundy website/blog and have taken up the challenge to publish one reason to visit the Bay of Fundy every week, for an entire year. I just published reason #25 this week and should ultimately end up with 52 unique reasons. Check out the list so far (you might find something for your next trip): http://bayoffundy.com/articles/52-reasons-to-visit/

    I am always looking for more reasons to visit the Bay and music actually wasn’t on my list yet. But it is now, thanks to you! I’ll definitely keep a close eye on your Bay of Fundy posts to come! Also if you’d ever be interested in doing (or receiving) a guest post on the Bay of Fundy, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Cheers, Mike

  • solotraveler

    The bay is amazing. And what also stuck me is how fantastic the seafood is. That cold ocean water really makes a difference.

  • solotraveler

    Yes, I stayed just around the corner from Ship’s Company Theatre. Their season hadn’t started otherwise I would have taken in a performance. As for receiving visitors – that would be a yes.

  • lee

    i need to pull out my atlas, have been living in the south too long

  • http://www.pact.ca Lucy White

    Hey Ms T,
    Yes, I do believe there is room in your life for a Bay of Fundy cottage especially if you’ll rent to inlaws-by-marriage-once removed :)

    And, Parrsboro is home to Ship’s Company Theatre which yes, performs professional theatre on the last of the Minas Basin ferries. Check it out at http://www.shipscompany.com
    Lucy

  • Kat McArthur

    Love the Bay of Fundy!! My favorite spot is Two Rivers. It’s all good.

  • solotraveler

    This is great. I love the additional tips as there is so much to do around the Bay. Dulse – sorry, my husband loved it but it’s not my cuppa.

  • Sally

    There’s also Cape D’or Lighthouse and Cape Chignecto, the Provincial Park.
    My parents were both born in/near Advocate, Nova Scotia! I’m glad you mentioned Dulse! Did you get to taste it? YUM!! Also, did you dip your feet in that Bay Of Fundy? Icy!!
    Looking forward to your future posts!!

  • solotraveler

    I did hear of Joggins Fossil Cliffs but didn’t get there. Thanks for adding it to the list.

  • Rachel

    Hey, LOVE your post. I pretty much live and work on the Bay of Fundy on the Nova Scotia Side, so I know what you mean! It’s an amazing place. I just wondered if you had heard of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs/Centre on your travels of the bay of Fundy, it’s another Wonderful spot for fossil hunters and museum goers! I hope you come back, and look forward to reading more posts! :)