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.
Lots of driving but got to see Lots of scenic beauty. The guide was great and provided lots of info. Amazing to see how far the tide retreats for low tide and some of the caves that are visible part of the day. Stopped at a restaurant when you could purchase lunch (most did) if you wanted and/or walk out on the rocks and into the caves since it was low tide. Much better than just a city tour.
Reviewer: Joni Plourd
Good tour, on time pick up and 16 of us with Jeremiah as our guide. He was knowledgeable and the tour was interesting. The city was not a pretty city with pulp mills, so a tour was a good thing. The weather was rain. Interesting tour of Bay of Fundy tides and definitely enjoyed St Martin's walk at the beach. Enjoyed our day.
Reviewer: Marie G. Midlaw
We enjoyed the tour very much. The weather actually helped in getting some great photos. I would ask the guide to give specific time to return to the bus. I got so taken with walking to the cave I didn't notice everyone had returned to the bus. Kept them waiting just a few minutes.
Reviewer: Colleen Higgins
Really nice tour comfortable bus and guide was great, informative, but didn't talk constantly. Highly recommend
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.