Those Fundy Tides


Hopewell Rocks at high tide

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.


Hopewell Rocks at low tide approximately 35 feet difference




Scalloping boats of Alma, NB

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.


The sandbar road which is under 14 feet of water at high tide


The home from the late 1700’s of the original settler who was a Minister,  on Minister’s Island 


The dairy and massive barn on the farm of Sir William Van Horn


Covenhoven built in the 1890’s by Sir William Van Horn

8 responses to “Those Fundy Tides

  1. You guys picked a great summer to be in Canada! Weather here in Central FL continues to be sweltering. Glad to see you both look healthy and enjoying the exploration of new places. Enjoying the blog, keep up the good work.

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Hi Jerry, it seems we timed it just right, the weather in Florida sounds particularly bad. Stay cool and hello to Linda for us.

  2. Hmmm… Covenhoven?… Copenhagen? A striking resemblence, as is the dairy barn’s to northern European style architecture. You haven’t gone far since Campobello; if that is going to be your average daily travel, I understand how your trip will be three months. One thing in particular fascinates me about the high tides of the region, and, if I ever go there, will look for… whirlpools at the head of the Bay of Fundy. Is this on you agenda? Great contrasting images Jean!

    • sunandsandtravelers

      We did see some of those whirlpools as we were driving and hope to see more. We’re actually doing a big move today with all kinds of new things to see.

  3. Fred E. Miller

    Love seeing you 3 kids back on the road (Jean, Leonard and your little dog too)!!! I still need to check out the new digs next time you are back at home base.

  4. Dianna and Steve Schecter

    Oh my! Everything is so beautiful. I so wish we could have made the trip. But at least we get to enjoy all the beautiful pictures. And we love seeing the lady in red. She is so cute.

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Yes it would have been great if you could have made it, but this way you’ll get to decide which places you want to go to when you do your trip. :). Laia is indeed having a blast and making new friends everywhere.

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