Explore one of the world's most dramatic and dynamic coastlines, Atlantic Canada's Bay of Fundy. Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a 170-mile-long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada's east coast. Each day 100 billion tons of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle - more than the flow of all the world's freshwater rivers put together!
This tour will take you to St. Martins, one of the quaintest fishing villages in New Brunswick. Over the past decade, St. Martins has become known as one of New Brunswick's most beautiful seaside vacation resort communities. The village is a magnet for artists and photographers wishing to capture the unspoiled beauty of the area. A small community of artisans produces pottery, jewelry, paintings and sculptures. And there are a growing number of unique shops and galleries. Learn about this small community's wooden ship-building industry and see some of the highest tides in the world ebb and flow during your visit. At St. Martins you will have the opportunity to visit the twinned covered bridges, lighthouses, and even walk on the ocean floor - at low tide of course. Don't forget to visit the wave-carved sea caves in the sandstone cliff if the tide is low enough to allow access while you're there. It is a photographer's delight! There will also be an opportunity to purchase a mug of world-famous seafood chowder.
Back in St. John, you'll have an added bonus of also visiting the world-famous Reversing Falls, where the huge tides from the Bay of Fundy force the mighty Saint John River to flow in reverse, twice every day. The final stop on this tour will be the Old City Market. First opened in 1876, the Old City Market is the oldest continuing farmer's market in all of Canada. The roof of the City Market resembles the inverted keel of a ship, with hand-hewn timbers and dove-tailed joints that have stood fast for more than a century. From the market you will return to your ship pier.
Reviewer: Andrea Thornton
Overall, this was an enjoyable tour. The "narrator" was well versed in local knowledge and, despite the gloomy day, was able to interject enough lighthearted information to lift our spirits. We enjoyed the way she directed our attention to the Riverview area. On the way out, we saw the rapids flowing one way, and on the way back we were able to see them flowing upstream. The stop at the caves would have been more enjoyable a couple of hours later in the day. The cafe, famous for its clam chowder, was opened especially for us to sample their chowder and their delicious fish and fries. Unfortunately, we had just finished breakfast about 90 minutes before arriving at that spot and had little appetite for any more food. The only real negative aspect of the tour, was at the cruise terminal where the ship sponsored tours controlled the pick up areas. We had to go "searching" for our transportation. Not a huge problem but in inclement weather, it wasn't the best way to start one's day.
Reviewer: M Anderson
Great tour. Saw exactly what we wanted. The bus was excellent and so was the driver and narrator.
Our guide was a retired high school teacher who imparted a wealth of knowledge. The Reversing Falls was a fascinating places we visited in the morning and again in the afternoon to see the visual effect of tides on water flow. At the City Market, our eyes feasted on colorful local food, crafts and produce. There, one could purchase the Chicken Bones Candy and Dulse Seaweed that our guide shared with us. At St. Martins, we stopped to see two rare covered wooden bridges. During our visit, one could see the effects of tides as we noted the docked lobster boat in the water. Later the water level had dropped so much, the boat was now out of the water! Before our arrival at the seashore, our guide gave us a choice: Eat at the restaurant or explore the shoreline. We chose to eat and we had the best seafood chowder and biscuit ever. Though the Sea Caves was to be a highlight site, we were given no time to visit the Sea Caves ñ so disappointing.
Reviewer: Fred Krein
Great crew and well narrated sail
Reviewer: Fred Krein
Fascinating views and details of the Fundy Bay