The Fundy Shore Eco Tour used to be a thing. I mean a great Nova Scotia attraction years ago, with branded signage and brochures.These days you may find the odd beat up sign, but you would look long and hard to find brochures/maps.
I did some digging-as I love to do-and managed to unearth one online. Why? Because I love that shoreline and want others to experience it. So selfless. So helpful.So full of sh**.
As I studied the old Fundy Eco tour map, I noticed that it needed a slight bit of updating.So, I did it.Please excuse the less than professional editing.
There are 32 points of interest listed and it’s not a do-in-one-day type of thing. Google Maps (as if I’d believe them) tells me it’s over 6 hours of straight driving alone-that’s no pee breaks, no Timmy’s, no selfie stops. Plan your trip accordingly.
* Please note that many of the museums and other attractions may only be open during summer months.
** Since this the Fundy Shore Eco Tour, there will be plenty of places to access a beach. Please check tide times and don’t make me come after you by wandering along the beach any later than 3 hours before high tide-dangerous! I have included tides for some areas but click here to find more . Choose your closest location from the drop down list.
Here’s what you can expect to find along the Fundy Shore Eco Tour
- Amherst Visitor Information Centre – 90 Cumberland Loop. Open year around but from Dec. to March it’s only open on weekends. here’s where you grab any extra information you may need such as a provincial road map and tidal bore times for #3 & 4
- Amherst Migratory Bird Park– Make plans for a hike around the 2.5 km interpretive trail and stop for a picnic atop the hillside overlooking the lake. Pets on leash, only to protect the birds and other wildlife.
- Maccan Tidal Wetlands Park I don’t have a civic address but coordinates are 45°43’40.5″N 64°15’13.5″W.This one is at the mouth of the Maccan River at the about 10 minutes from Amherst. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Tidal Bore times, if you didn’t stop by the Amherst Visitor Centre (VIC) are here.
- River Hebert Tidal Bore Park 1872 Highway 242, River Hebert. Tidal bores are rare phenomenon that occur only in a handful of places throughout the world. The bore arrives mid tide and reverses the flow of the outgoing river. At most it’s 12 inches in depth, but worth seeing because it is so rare and because of the speed in which it fills the exposed riverbed. River Hebert tidal bore times are here
- Joggins Fossil Centre. 100 Main St, Joggins. Designated as a Joggins a protected site under its Special Places Protection Act by the province of Nova Scotia, and in 2008 was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Book a guided tour along the beach or in a kayak, exploring the cliffs hewn by the Ice Age and the mighty Bay of Fundy tides. * Please note this area is somewhat remote and some places to not have cell service.
- Cape Chignecto Provincial Park-1108 West Advocate Road, Advocate Harbour, NS. This provincial park has what I consider the most strenuous hiking trails in Nova Scotia for a backpacker. It boasts a 55 km coastal loop that will make you cuss.All the campsites are hike in, and there are several bunkhouses you can reserve. The views of Refugee’s Cove for one, is stupendous. Also, if you decide to do a day hike at Eatonville, please check the tide times. Our plan was to do this last year, but we couldn’t access the trail due to the high tide.Check at the Visitor Centre at the park entrance.
- Cape D’or Look Off -1 Cape d’Or Road, Advocate Harbour. How to describe? it has a sort of ruggedly wild, yet serene beauty about it. If sleeping in a lighthouse is on your bucket list, or even if it isn’t here’s the place to do it.And I hear the food at the lighthouse is great, although I can’t say for sure-the door was open but the chef was no where to be found when we we there last summer.
- Spencer’s Island -I wish I have a civic address but have yet to find one. A gravel beach right of hwy 209 ,near advocate Harbour take a stroll and maybe you will find some sea glass or a nice piece of driftwood.
- Port Greville 8334 Highway 209, Port Greville. Take some time to explore the Age of Sail museum which preserves the history of local wooden ship building during the 1860’s through to 1910 , and the Port Greville Lighthouse, circa 1908.
- Fox Point Lookoff -off Route 209, Fox River. There’s a short but scenic trail, interpretive signage and a picnic area. You can also access the beach but mind the tide. Tide times are here.
- Wards Falls Hiking Trail-From Parrsboro, take highway 209, 7 km towards Diligent River. 100 meters past the second bridge crossed, turn right into a dirt lane. Turn right (possibly signed) and park in the clear area. 6 km round trip
- Fundy Geological Museum -162 Two Islands Road, Parrsboro. Want to lean about the world famous-that’s right-world famous dinosaur discovery made right here in Parrsboro in 1984-the largest in North America? Stop in. Gemstone and fossils enthusiasts and will love the museum too
- Partridge Island Interpretive Site 1155 Whitehall Road (Ottawa-House- By-The-Sea) You’ll find interpretive panels located on the beach to the south of the house-the house is worth a visit as well.
- Partridge Island Lookoff & Trail -1155 Whitehall Road, Parrsboro. Picnic area, 1.5-km hiking trail with a lookoff tower .Great views of Blomidon, Cape Split and Spencer’s Island.
- Five Islands Lighthouse-140 Broderick Lane, Lower Five Islands. This is a great area to get some fresh air, find a washroom, play on a playground, have a picnic-Views are gorgeous.
- Five Islands Provincial Park -618 Bentley Branch Road, Five Islands. Stunning views of the Bay of Fundy and offers hiking,beachcombing and clam digging ** please check with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada before clam digging – some areas have been closed due to high bacteria counts /toxicity. As of this writing, much of the Minas Basin is closed to harvesting all bivalves.
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- Cobequid Interpretive and Welcome Centre and Economy Wilderness Trail System-(Kenomee Trail System) 3246 Highway 2, Economy.The Centre is a great place to get information on the trail system-just so you know-some of these trails will kick your ass unless you are a seriously fit hiker- I am not. Even the one to Economy River Falls , although short, entails quite a climb down-and therefore back up.That said, it’s doable. (of course, I want to do them again now that I am very old)
- Bass River Heritage Interpretive Park-5666 Highway 2,Bass River. The museum depicts the community history, and the park offers gardens,picnic tables and interpretive panels.
- MacElmons Ponds Provincial Park 219 MacElmon Road, Lower Onslow. This is a favorite stopping place for us to stretch our legs, with a shortish trail that rims a pond, picnic tables, and toilets. This park is a wildlife sanctuary .It’s close to Tim Horton’s in Debert if you are dying for a double double.<
This photo of Truro Tidal Bore is courtesy of TripAdvisor
- Truro Tidal Bore Park and Interpretive Centre. I like this tidal bore the best, probably because of the angle with which you are watching it. Get more information at the Interpretive (Visitor Centre) but to plan your visit-because the tide waits for no man-this tidal bore’s times are here.
- Victoria Park- 29 Park Rd, Truro. This is a busy park. It has everything you’d want in a park- swimming pool, picnic tables, washrooms, trails, waterfalls, a Holy Well and lots of steps!
- Tidal Bore Rafting-This is wet salty fun. There’s no way you won’t get wet so make sure you bring extra clothes, towels and shampoo to wash the Bay of Fundy out of your hair. There are actually several spots from Urbania to Maitland to ride the bore. Some offer BBQs and hot drinks, cause you will be chilly by the time you get back
- Lawrence House Museum– 8660 NS-215, Maitland Learn about the ‘ Golden Age of Sail’ in this Victorian shipbuilders home. As for the rafting-see #22.
- Anthony Provincial Park-6889 Highway 215, Lower Selma This park’s picnic area overlooks Cobequid Bay.Interpretive signage will teach you about about early residents,shipbuilding and more.
- Burntcoat Head Park– 627 Burntcoat Head Road, Noel. This is another of my favorite spots. The highest tides in the world were measured here and that not withstanding, it’s just fun to clamber along the shoreline. There is a replica lighthouse staffed with knowledgeable people. Enjoy the grounds, take in a special event or have lunch on the ocean floor.
- Walton Lighthouse and Lookoff -119 Lorne Smith Road. Climb to the top of this last remaining original lighthouse in Hants Co. and enjoy the view. The take a stroll on the short trail to see another view from the Lookoff.
- Cheverie Causeway and Saltmarsh Trail-6500 Hwy 215, Cheverie This short trail looks over the marsh -about 1 km out and back. Across the road from the trail head is Cheverie Beach-great for walking along on the ebb tide. You’ll find some interestingly shaped hunks of gypsum, thanks to the mighty tide.
- Smiley’s Provincial Park-109 Clayton McKay Road, Hwy 14, Brooklyn. This is a popular camping spot for locals with an intertwining (and not always clearly marked) trail system. As it is inland, I am not sure why it’s included.
- Blomindon Provincial Park-3138 Pereau Road, Canning. This is another popular campground with scenic views great trails and a pretty nice beach in the picnic area off the bottom picnic area.
- Cape Split Hiking Trail-999 Cape Split Road, Scots Bay This length (13 km return ) is off putting for some people but it’s not a hard trail- just long with a couple of hills. It’s worth it for the view at the end. Tale your time and enjoy.Allow 4-5 hrs.
- The Lookoff-3374 Highway 358, Arlington. This spot is so well known, it needs no other introduction than ‘The Lookoff” On clear days you can see 5 counties, the Minas Basin and all the little farms below. If you are heading to Cape Split-this is on you way and you can’t miss the pull over viewing area.
- Baxter’s Harbour Falls. It’s seemingly without an address so…Take Exit 12, head straight through the lights on Middle Dyke Rd.,Turn right onto Hwy 221 (You’ll see signs to Baxter’s Harbour) Turn right on Baxter’s Harbour Rd, and drive straight until you see the water. Turn right and park along the dirt road or down in the picnic area. This shore line falls is last on our list, but certainly is not least. You don’t even have to walk the beach to see it-there is a teeny picnic area near the shoreline that it’s easy to view from. Of course, you can shimmy down the boat ramp and walk over to get a closer look
There.That’s it.That’s all she wrote.Although it does occur to me that one could add more places from Hall’s Harbour to Digby. But that’s for another time.