Low Tide, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada

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The reddish water of the Bay of Fundy and the wide, wide tidal flats.

We spent the day today driving around the north shore of the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. For those of you who have heard of the Bay of Fundy, you'll probably remember that it has the greatest tidal variations in the world. We were told by the ranger at the Fundy National Park today, that the variations lately have been in the 12 meter (40 feet) range.

We spent long enough on the coastline to see the high tide in the early afternoon while we were having a great Fundy lobster lunch in Alma. Then we drove north and east and hiked around the Hopewell Rocks area for a few hours waiting for the tide to go out. Finally, as we skirted the cliffs above the Bay, we came around a bend to see the Daniel's Flats area below as the tide was almost at its low ebb. Stunning.

Also worth noting is the strange red cast of the water in the Bay. The underlying red mud flats tint the shallow water, it seems. Very unnerving to see red water. Biblically strange?

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3 thoughts on “Low Tide, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada”

  1. I love that view of the Bay of Fundy! The water is reddish-brown in that region because the Bay’s tides are so powerful (160 billion metric tones of water in and out twice a day!) that they stir up the mineral-rich silt and it never has time to completely settle. The rivers leading from the upper Bay often have the same colour near the mouths. The Petitcodiac River in New Brunswick is nicknamed the Chocolate River.


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