by Jim Gray
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It’s one of the seven natural wonders of North America. The Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, gets a hold of you, and doesn’t let go. With the highest tides in the world (it shares the title with Quebec’s Ungava Bay), its waters rise – incredibly – to the height of a five-storey building. Twice a day, more than 160 billion tons of water move in and out. With the tide in, you have the blue ocean. With the tide out, you have the red beach. It’s magnificent. It’s unforgettable.
Discovered in 1604 by the French, the Bay of Fundy has been compelling visitors for hundreds of years. You could spend weeks and months, experiencing its National and Provincial Parks, swimming from its sandy beaches, hiking along its dramatic coastline, climbing its striking cliffs and rock formations, and whale-watching, sea kayaking, and fossil-hunting.
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History abounds. On Campobello Island, connected to Maine by a bridge, an international park features the 34-room “cottage” that was the summer home of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his family from 1905 to 1921. In Kings County, Nova Scotia, the Grand-Pre National Historic Site marks the deportation of the Acadians by the British from 1755 to 1762.
For all its power and bearing, there’s peacefulness to Fundy, tucked away in Atlantic Canada, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. Throughout the region there are charming inns, cabins, and bed and breakfasts, and a pace that’s several notches slower than the fast lane - the Bay of Fundy life.
Originally published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles Winter/Spring 2017 issue.