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Travel Photo of the Week: Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy

By February 15, 2012

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This is the highest high tide you'll ever see.

Canada's Bay of Fundy experiences two high tides and two low tides per day, six hours and 13 minutes apart. The bay's shape and the pull of the moon's gravity upon the Earth combine to create the world's highest tides. For example, this morning's high tide (5:31 A. M. Atlantic Standard Time) at Hopewell Cape was 41.3 feet, while the low tide at 12:06 P. M. will be 4.6 feet. That's a difference of 36.7 feet! The tidal differences are even higher further up the bay, at Nova Scotia's Minas Basin.

The islands you see in this photo are Hopewell Rocks' famous Flower Pot Rocks, shown here at high tide. When I returned to this spot six hours later, the view was quite different.

Visiting Hopewell Rocks is a jaw-dropping experience. The Bay of Fundy is one of the true natural wonders of the world. Take our photo tour and see for yourself.

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Photo © Nancy Parode

February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am
(1) Newlyweds Guide Francesca says:

That is truly a natural wonder. The photo is amazing, and the difference in tides that you describe is astounding.

February 15, 2012 at 10:48 am
(2) Susan says:

I’ve been there, and it is an amazing area. Also, the Bay of Fundy has the best whale watching we’ve ever experienced.

February 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm
(3) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Wow that is a huge difference no wonder there are stories of getting caught or cut off by high tides!!!

February 20, 2012 at 11:04 am
(4) Tina Woodfield says:

Every picture I see of The Bay of Funday makes me want to be there…..it’s amazing !! Maybe next summer as this summer is already planned out.

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