We’re deep into Bay of Fundy territory and the tides here are dramatic and measured not just vertically with distances of up to 50 feet but also horizontally where the tides can go out up to 3 miles in some cases. These tides rule! The fishing boats are high and dry when the tide is out and they scurry out when the tide comes in and there is enough water to set them free. If you’re caught unprepared you may have to wait until the next tide change to get where you want to go.
This includes even roads. Some of them are built on top of sandbars and are therefore tidal dependent. We drove on one that provided us access to Minister’s Island for 5 hours at low tide. Many a horse and carriage were swept away on that sandbar by fast moving tides. Minister’s Island is where Sir William Van Horn, the President of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and builder of magnificent hotels across Canada, built a summer lodge in 1891.