22145
New Brunswick/Nova Scotia

Bay of Fundy Circle of Tidal Wonders

Experience the rich culture, charming villages and incredible tidal waters and geology of the Bay of Fundy, and voyage into the fascinating history of this beautiful region.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22145RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,599
Print All
Map details are not available for this location.
View Map
Expand All
11 days
10 nights
23 meals
9 B 6 L 8 D
DAY
1
Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
St Martins, NB
D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Upon your arrival at the Tidal Watch Inn you will be greeted by the hosts or Group Leader at the reception desk. You will receive your room assignment and welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We will meet in the hotel dining area for a welcome reception. Meet and mingle with your fellow participants while enjoying local appetizers and non-alcoholic punch; other beverages available for purchase.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room overlooking the Bay of Fundy, enjoy a dinner featuring fresh, local cuisine, plus coffee or tea; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All transportation will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The

DAY
2
Highest Tides, Walk to Sea Caves and Tidal Fishing Harbor
St Martins, NB
B,L,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: Hike approximately 2 miles; A shuttle is available to skip or shorten portions of the hike. Ocean floor is uneven and can be wet. Entering the caves requires the crossing of creek. Please bring appropriate footwear.

Breakfast: At the Inn, enjoy a daily hot entrée and a cold buffet including cereal, bread, fruit, coffee, tea, juice, water.

Morning: Setting out from the hotel with an expert naturalist, we will walk through the village and past historic homes to a tidal fishing harbor where boats sit in the mud at low tide. The walk continues past the harbor through a covered bridge to a spectacular beach dominated by sea caves carved into red sandstone cliffs. Walk the ocean floor at low tide to explore the caves and learn about the geology of the area. Learn how the Bay of Fundy's mighty tides shape the landscape of the area and influence everyday life in the village. The walk continues up to trails on top of the cliffs. Enjoy spectacular views of the Nova Scotia coastline across the Bay of Fundy.

Lunch: Lunch at Tidal Watch Inn

Afternoon: In a lecture on the beach and in the classroom, our naturalist will introduce us to the science of the highest tides in the world, how they have shaped the coastline and the life of people around the Bay over the centuries.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the inn. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: An evening concert highlights the Celtic influences of the early settlers.

DAY
3
Walk the Ocean Floor at Hopewell Rocks, Peticodiac River
Moncton
B,D
Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown

Activity note: Timing for the activities of this day may be adjusted for tidal predictions. Access to ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks is via a long staircase. For those with mobility concerns, the Rocks and tide fluctuations can be observed from a viewing platform near the top of the staircase.

Breakfast: At the Inn, enjoy a daily hot entrée and a cold buffet including cereal, bread, fruit, coffee, tea, juice, water.

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we will travel via motorcoach through rolling countryside and past Fundy National Park to our final destination at Hopewell Rocks. Arriving at Hopewell Rocks walk the ocean floor with a naturalist. Tides permitting, explore the distinctive flowerpot rocks, sandstone formations topped with trees carved from sea cliffs.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Continue exploration of the Hopewell Rocks Park, observing the movement of the tides. Travel along the tidal Petticodiac River which is devoid of water during the low tide. As the tide rises in the River it creates a Tidal Bore at the city of Moncton. Arrive at the hotel in Moncton.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Isthmus of Chigneto
Moncton
B,L
Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown

Activity note: Timing for the activities of this day may be adjusted for tidal predictions.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: We will travel to the Isthmus of Chignecto, the land bridge between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to visit Fort Beausejour - Fort Cumberland National Historic Site, with a Fort Beausejour expert. Fort Beausejour was built by the French in 1751 to defend their interests in the region. Learn about the struggle between France and Britain and later between Britain and the American colonies for North America. Step back in time to an era when England and France were caught up in a tug-of-war for supremacy in Acadia.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Cape Jourimain Nature Centre

Afternoon: We will explore the shore of the Northumberland Straight and see the difference with the Bay of Fundy. Walk their trail, enjoy the view of the Confederation Bridge or check out their indoor display about the first inhabitants of the area, its history and wildlife. Drive back to Moncton and check itsTidal Bore Park. If the tides allow we will experience this natural phenomenon that occurs when the record high tides of the Bay of Fundy rise up through the dry river bed Observe the incoming tidal wave from the comfort of an observation deck. The rest of the afternoon has been set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Moncton. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site
Truro
B,L,D
Hampton Inn

Activity note: Walk approximately 1-1/2 miles over sandy and uneven terrain on the beach.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Hotel

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we will travel into Nova Scotia down scenic back roads for a field trip to Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the other side of the Bay of Fundy, with commentary by the Group Leader. Explore the cliffs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to some of the world’s oldest reptile fossils, which were found in the upright trunks exposed by the tides of the Bay of Fundy. With a presentation and an expert led walk through Coal Age fossil forests, discover ancient river channels and trace fossils made by meter long insects. The Interpretation Centre features the world’s largest collection of 300-million-year-old fossils as well as exhibits of trilobites, brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods and fish fossils from around the world.

Lunch: Lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Afternoon: After lunch continue on a scenic journey along the coast to the beautiful town of Parrsboro to visit The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) where experts will discuss the Bay of Fundy’s phenomenal tidal energy. FORCE is Canada’s leading research center for in-stream tidal energy. Nova Scotia continues to be a world leader in tidal energy and is becoming known the world over as a center of marine excellence. The momentum around tidal energy continues to build; harnessing the immense tidal power potential in the Bay of Fundy. After leaving the Ocean Research Center travel past Five Islands Provincial Park on the north shore of Minas Basin to the Masstown Market loved by locals and visitors alike. Visit the Bay of Fundy tidal interpretive displays housed in a Lighthouse overlooking the Minas Basin before arriving at the hotel in nearby Truro.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will return to our hotel.

DAY
6
Ride Tidal Bore, Lawrence House, Millbrook Centre
Truro
B,L,D
Hampton Inn

Activity note: Timing for the activities of this day may be adjusted for tidal predictions. Tidal Bore Rafting will be a high tide activity . All gear for rafting is provided for us including floatation devices, rain gear, and wetsuits. Do not wear light coloring clothing that could become stained by the iron in the water. Please wear comfortable, closed toed shoes and bring a change of clothes. There are washrooms, changing rooms, and showers available. Towels will be provided.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our day will begin with an opportunity to experience the highest tidal range in the world. Setting out from the hotel, we will ride to where the Minas Basin meets the Shubenacadie River, creating the Shubenacadie River's Tidal Bore - a natural phenomenon seen in very few parts of the world. Aboard stable Zodiac boats, local experts will lead our field trip over the tidal bore while explaining local history and geology. While riding the bore, keep an eye out for bald eagles that are commonly spotted along the river. The tidal bore is a phenomenon caused by the rise of the tides above the river, pushing upstream and creating a wave ranging from a ripple to several feet in height. This wave – referred to as the Tidal Bore – pushes up the Shubenacadie River, creating tidal rapids, whirlpools, cross-currents, and eddies that can last up to three hours.

Lunch: A picnic at Lawrence House Museum just across from the Tidal Bore

Afternoon: Your adventure on the Shubenacadie River finishes in mid afernoon. Visit the nearby Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaw Museum to gaze at the 40-foot statue of Glooscap and to learn about the Mi'kmaw - the Aboriginal group of Nova Scotia. The Glooscap Heritage Centre is dedicated to the celebration of Mi'kmaw heritage. Native Mi’kmaq legend holds that the god Glooscap created the islands while fighting with the giant beaver that dammed his medicine garden in a local village. The mud, sticks, and stones are said to have trapped the beaver and turned it to gold.

Dinner: Dinner at a Truro Restaurant. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Grand Pre National Historic Site, Blue Beach Center
Digby
B,L,D
Admiral Digby Inn

Activity note: Ride is approximately 1-1/2 hours. Walk up to 2 miles on uneven terrain of the beach and ocean floor.

Breakfast: Admiral Digby Inn

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we will ride to the beautiful beach community of Grand Pre. At Grand Pre National Historic Site, learn from an expert about the settlement of the Acadians from 1682 to 1755 and the events leading up to the famous Deportation. In all, some 6,000 Acadians were deported from Nova Scotia in 1755. In 1764, the British authorities finally permitted Acadians to return to Nova Scotia. Their former lands, however, had been settled by New England Planters, and they were forced to settle elsewhere – in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Québec. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow chose it as the setting of his epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, published in 1847. Longfellow’s poem became a rallying point for the Acadian people.

Lunch: At a local winery.

Afternoon: Just a few minutes down the road arrive at the Blue Beach Fossil Museum and Research Center. Enjoy an unforgettable walk through time exploring 350 million year old footprint beds, fossils of fish and plans. Learn how paleontologists explain ancient climates, landscapes and environments from clues in these rocks. Continue down along the coast in late afternoon to Digby to check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the Admiral Digby Hotel Restaurant overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Exploration of DIgby Waterfront

DAY
8
Port Royal Habitation Historic Site, Tidal Power Plant
Digby
B
Admiral Digby Inn

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning travel from the town of Digby to the Annapolis River-Basin shoreline to visit the only tidal power plant in North America, and one of only a few in the world. Learn about how this innovative generating station works and about the future of tidal power in Canada.

Lunch: Lunch and free time on your own in beautiful Annapolis Royal.

Afternoon: After lunch in Annapolis visit nearby Port-Royal Habitation, a National Historic Site that has been inhabited for thousands of years. With an expert led visit, learn why Samuel de Champlain believed this area was best suited for settlement. In the summer of 1605, French settlers built a beautiful settlement near the modern day town of Annapolis Royal in hopes of fulfilling the grand vision of a better world in Acadia. The French were greeted by the native Mi’kmaw people, who welcomed them and showed them how to adapt to the new climate. Christened Port Royal, it became the first European settlement north of Florida and served as a model for future exploration of the continent.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Digby

Evening: Free time to explore the Digby waterfront.

DAY
9
Transfer to Saint John, Digby Ferry, Reversing Rapids
St Martins, NB
B,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: The Digby Ferry crossing will be approximately 3 hours. The schedule may be adjusted for tidal predictions.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and transfer to the Digby Ferry, crossing the Bay of Fundy to the port city of Saint John. While crossing the bay, enjoy some free time and keep an eye out for whales and dolphins.

Lunch: On your own aboard the ferry.

Afternoon: Arriving in Saint John in midafternoon, we will enjoy a field trip to Saint John’s Trinity Royal Preservation district. Our expert led walk will take us past many historic sites and some grand examples of classic architecture. Explore Saint John's bustling harbor as you walk along the waterfront boardwalk and newly created Harbor Passage. Giant cruise ships now come and go from this busy port where the Loyalist settlers made their historic landing in 1783. A visit to the Reversing Falls once again allows you to experience another Bay of Fundy Tidal phenomenon – the Reversing Rapids. Tides permitting, watch tumultuous rapids form as the tide rises to overwhelm and reverse the flow of the Saint John River, a large river system known as the "Undiscovered Rhine of North America."

Dinner: Dinner in Saint John or St. Martins. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Depart Saint John for St. Martins and check-in for final two nights at the Tidal Watch Inn.

DAY
10
Quaco Musuem, Lighthouse Trails, Farewell Dinner
St Martins, NB
B,L,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: At the Quaco Museum in St. Martins, learn about legacy of British Loyalists and Shipbuilders, and how more than 500 sailing ships were built launched on the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy.

Lunch: At the Inn.

Afternoon: With a naturalist, we will explore the less traveled trails to the Lighthouse and to secluded tidal beaches known only to locals.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Inn. Coffee and tea included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Closing/wrap-up

DAY
11
Program Concludes
St Martins, NB

Activity note: Program concludes after breakfast. Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. Late check-out can be arranged as needed for those with flights departing later in the day.






Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback