Bay of Fundy

Experience the highest tides in the world!

Saint John is the only city on the Bay of Fundy, where the tides rise and fall by 8.5 metres (28.5 feet) twice daily. Watch the Saint John River collide with the Bay of Fundy's monstrous tides creating the Reversing Falls Rapids at various lookouts, including Wolastoq and Fallsview Park.


At low tide, the full force of the Saint John River rolls and swirls into the Bay, creating a series of whirlpools and rapids, while at high tide, the Bay of Fundy's tides rise, gradually reversing the flow of the river, forming rapids and standing waves. Between these two extremes comes a period of slack tide, where the two bodies of water meet with equal force, creating a brief period of flat calm. This is the only time sail boats and pleasure crafts can sail between the two. Visit the Plank at Reversing Falls to learn more about the phenomenon, the geology, and the history during a 13-minute film in theri rooftop theatre and take in the phenomenon from above on a 110-foo-thigh lookout.

Experience the Bay of Fundy's tides firsthand in the Saint John Harbour with a sightseeing cruise or thrill ride with See Sight Tours or a guided kayaking tour to Partridge Island with River Bay Adventures. Take in spectacular harbourside views along the Harbour Passage walking trail or while exploring the coastal trails at the Irving Nature Park. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life, including harbour seals, porpoises, and seabirds. 

Marvel at the waterfalls, ancient cliffs, and pristine beaches of the Fundy Trail Parkway, one of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Labrador and Florida. Drive, walk, hike or bike, exploring the lookouts and observation decks throughout this 6,323-acre park featuring a 30-kilometre (19-mile) drive hugging the southern coast of New Brunswick, connecting Alma, Sussex, and Fundy-St.Martins.


Explore the Fundy-St.Martins Sea Caves, carved by the power of the Bay of Fundy tides. Choose from a guided hiking or kayaking tour, or a unique Bay of Fundy tasting experience, with Bay of Fundy Adventures or take in stunning views from the Quaco Lighthouse. It really is phenomenal what the world's highest tides can do. 

Discover the incredible coastlines of the sheltered Musquash Estuary, exploring on guided hiking or kayaking tours with In-Step Adventures. Hike one of several seaside trails, including the challenging Split Rock Trail, or dip your toes in the black sand of the appropriately named Black Beach, the result of naturally occurring graphite deposits.


Head further south to explore the Fundy Isles with a guided hiking or kayaking tour with Eastern Outdoors or plan a beach day at New River Beach Provincial Park.

Relax along the Bay of Fundy shores with a day at Mispec Beach, or comb the shores for sea glass at Bayshore or Tin Can Beach.

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Land acknowledgement

The Saint John Region is situated on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’Kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati Nations. This territory is covered by Peace and Friendship Treaties signed with the British Crown in the 1700s. The treaties recognized the significant and meaningful role of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’Kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati in this province and the country with the intent to establish a relationship of trust and friendship.

Envision Saint John: The Regional Growth Agency pays respect to the elders, past and present, and descendants of this land, and is committed to moving forward in the spirit of truth, collaboration, and reconciliation.