Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world! In this post, you’ll see 10 Bay of Fundy tides timelapse videos.
The tides in the Bay of Fundy are five to ten times higher than in the rest of the world.
Over 100 billion tonnes of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy every day. And it takes just over six hours for the tide to go from low to high.
The flow of water into the Minas Basin equals that of all the fresh water streams and rivers on earth combined. And that happens twice every day.
It takes 12 hours to see the tide complete its journey each day, but here you’ll see it multiple times in just minutes.
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10 Bay of Fundy Tides Time Lapse Videos
When the tide is out you can walk on the ocean floor. It’s fun to explore the tidal pools, there are often snails, crabs, and fish to look at.
There are also interesting rock formations to investigate. Some beaches have tidal pools big enough to swim in.
When exploring the shoreline in Nova Scotia it’s very important to know the local tide times.
It’s best to plan your adventure as the tide is heading out and make sure to be back before high tide. Otherwise, you could be left stranded.
After the tides time-lapse videos, I’ve included a video explaining what causes the tides and why the Bay of Fundy is such a special place.
Let’s start things off with a couple of videos from Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin.
1 & 2. Tide Timelapse Videos at Burntcoat Head Nova Scotia
While the Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world, Burntcoat Head is the location where the highest tide has been measured. It has reached over 16 meters, or roughly as high as a five-story building!
In the following tides timelapse video, you’ll see the tide go through 2 complete cycles in less than a minute.
Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse Video at Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia
Here’s the tide from a different angle. In the following video, you’ll see the channel between the mainland and the island (shown in the above video) drain, making it easy to walk to the island.
There is a staircase from the Burntcoat Head Lighthouse down to this area of the beach.
High to Low Tide Timelapse Video at Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia
For directions to Burntcoat Head please see the map.
3. Tides Timelapse Videos at Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia
Halls Harbour is another famous spot to watch the tide rise and fall. It’s especially cool to see the boats go from floating near the top of the dock to sitting on the ocean floor.
In the following timelapse video, you’ll see that happen at a few different speeds. Faster is better for me, let me know what you prefer in the comments at the end of this post.
Tides Timelapse Video at Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia
Halls Harbour is a charming little spot to visit. You can explore the beach, visit a few shops, and get something to eat at the lobster pound.
For directions to Halls Harbour please see the map.
4. Tide Timelapse Video at Blomidon Provincial Park
Blomidon Provincial Park is known for its hiking trails that overlook the Bay of Fundy.
In the following video, you’ll see the tide coming in at the beach in the park. This shows over six hours of tides in 21 seconds.
Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse Video at Blomidon Provincial Park
For directions to Blomidon Provincial Park please see the map.
5. Tide Timelapse Video at Waterfront Park in Wolfville, Nova Scotia
If you want to see the tide come in a little faster, visit Waterfront Park in Wolfville. There is a little basin that fills with water in just under 1 hr 30 minutes.
When we arrived at the little picnic park, the tide was completely out. I quickly set-up my camera and begin filming a time lapse. Here’s what it looked like when we arrived: a huge, empty mud puddle.
In the following video, you’ll see the basin fill. And here’s what we saw over the next 80 minutes.
Tide Timelapse Video at Waterfront Park in Wolfville, N.S.
It’s located off the Minas Basin and fills (relatively quickly) as the tide rises. So, the tide is not actually coming in faster, but you’ll get a similar effect.
Waterfront Park is located Harbourside Drive in Wolfville. For directions to Waterfront Park please see the map.
Wolfville has ten parks, including Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, College Park, Quiet Park, Acadia Park, Clock Park, Rotary Park, Willow Park, Sherwood Park, Olsen Pond Park, and Reservoir Park.
Many of these are connected by the town’s four principal walking trails.
This guy stands ready to give a welcome and some directions. From this park, you can walk or bike along the dykes or take the Rail Trail (the old railway tracks).
6. Tide Timelapse Video in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Parrsboro is located at the entrance of the Minas Basin on the Bay of Fundy.
In the following video, you’ll see the tide go out, come in, and go back out in less than two minutes. As the tide goes out you’ll see people and birds exploring the ocean floor.
Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse Video in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
For directions to Parrsboro please see the map.
7. Tide Timelapse Video in Kingsport, Nova Scotia
Kingsport is located on the shore of the Minas Basin. In the next tide timelapse, you’ll see the tide going out in less than 60 seconds.
This video makes it easy to see why knowing the tide times is important. Being trapped against a cliff as the tide comes in would be a scary thing.
Timelapse Video of the Tide Going out in Kingsport, Nova Scotia
For directions to Kingsport please see the map.
8. Tide Timelapse Video at Baxters Harbour, Nova Scotia
This video shows the tide coming in and going out in one minute.
I really like watching the shadows in this video. In the beginning, you’ll see them get shorter and at the end, they stretch across the bottom of the scene.
Bay of Fundy Tides Time Lapse Video at Baxters Harbour, Nova Scotia
For detailed directions to Baxters Harbour please see the map.
9. Bay of Fundy Sunset Timelapse (Morden)
I like the Bay of Fundy. Especially in Morden, a small village on the North Mountain (Nova Scotia).
There is a small monument (French Cross) where you can take a staircase down to the rocky beach. Or you can drive further west to a much larger – but still rocky – beach.
That’s where I shot this video.
Bay of Fundy Sunset Timelapse Video: Morden
This is the first timelapse video I made after returning to Nova Scotia. Morden is a special place for our family. We’ve spent many hours beachcombing and having bonfires on the beach.
How to get to Morden, Nova Scotia: To get there, travel north from Auburn (in the Annapolis Valley) and you’ll come to Morden. You’ll see the sign to Morden on the #1 Highway. The year-round population is small – like they could all fit into their community hall (capacity: 120). The summertime population spikes as the seasonal homes fill.
Want to make your own video? Here’s how I made this sunset time lapse.
What Causes Bay of Fundy’s High Tides?
Have you ever wondered what causes the tides? In the following video, you’ll see a brief explanation followed by interesting facts (and footage) about the Bay of Fundy tides.
10. Explanation of Bay of Fundy Tides
Would you like to make your own tide timelapse video? Learn how here.
There you have it: 10 amazing Bay of Fundy tide time-lapse videos.
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