East Coast Day #6 – Bay of Fundy, NB & Charlottetown, PEI

We are in for a long but super fun day. We are sad that Stephanie left last night but we are going to make the best of the rest of this week! Last night we went out with Charly’s friends and saw a band called the Mellotones. They were unbelievable and we had SUCH a fun time dancing all night. It was one of those nights that was so fun you didn’t want it to end.Today we are heading to the Bay of Fundy in a brand new province- New Brunswick! We aren’t staying in New Brunswick long, however. Charly is from NB and the Bay of Fundy is the main thing we want to see here so we added it into our road trip this week.The Bay of Fundy is fascinating…one of the natural wonders of the world. It has the highest tides in the entire world. You can go at high tide and kayak or swim but then over a few hours the water disappears and you can walk for forever on the ocean floor. It’s really neat and interesting so I looked up a bit about the tides…

“Tides are the periodic rise and fall of the sea caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun on the Earth. Fundy’s tides are the highest in the world because of an unusual combination of factors: resonance and the shape of the bay. The water in the Bay of Fundy has a natural resonance or rocking motion called seiche. You could compare this to the movement of water in a bathtub. Although the water in a bathtub sloshes from one end to the other and back again in a few seconds, it takes about 13 hours for the water in the bay to rock from the mouth of the bay to the head of the bay and back again. As the ocean tide rises and floods into the bay every 12 hours and 25 minutes, it reinforces the rocking motion…The bay’s shape and bottom topography are secondary factors contributing to Fundy’s high tides. The bay becomes narrower and shallower — from 130 m (426′) to 40 m (131′) — toward the upper bay, forcing the water higher up onto the shores.” (Bay of Fundy Tourism)

Pretty cool!!! It’s also a National Park here in Canada so I can cross another one of those off the list! As we drove through the park, we stopped in a small town called Alma for lunch. We had lobster rolls with a perfect view of low tide. It is SO weird seeing huge boats in the water…but without any water.We got to the Hopewell Rocks right at the end of low tide, paid the $10 entrance fee then walked to the stairs above the rocks. They are called Flower Pot Rocks and I’m sure you can see why! We walked down the stairs and spent some time down by the water. It was so nice and cool in the sand and we watched the tide go up even higher while we were there. We cut it pretty close to high tide so I’m really glad we were able to walk down on the ocean floor while we were here. If we had more time I definitely would have gone kayaking through the rocks!We left New Brunswick and headed to Prince Edward Island, another new province! Two in one day! PEI used to only be accessible by ferry. About twenty years ago they built the Confederation Bridge which connects PEI to New Brunswick. It’s the world’s longest bridge over ice covered water…12.9 km long! It’s so cool driving over the ocean. If you drive onto the island, you don’t have to pay the toll fee. If you drive off the island, you have to pay a toll of $47! It’s so expensive just to cross the bridge!! If you leave on the ferry, you just pay the ferry fee…$79 for a car and it brings you back to Nova Scotia.We drove to Charlottetown, our stop for the night and went out for a fun night on Victoria Row. We had PEI mussels and had fun watching a few bands. The one band was so good and we had the best time dancing all night! I love the live music on the East Coast!And that was our busy day! Tomorrow we are exploring Prince Edward Island and continuing on to Cape Breton. Thanks for reading!XoxoHales

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