9 Amazing Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse Videos: Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world! In this post, you’ll see 9 Bay of Fundy tides timelapse videos.

Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse Nova Scotia

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 flows 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.

Did you know? Some people make their living based around the tides.

Nova Scotia Bay of Fundy Tides

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.

Read more about Nova Scotia beaches.


9 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 to look at.

There are also interesting rock formations to investigate. Some beaches have tidal pools big enough to swim in.

Ocean floor at low tide in the Bay of Fundy

When exploring the shore line 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.

Nova Scotia Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

In the following video you’ll see the basin fill.

Tide Timelapse Video at Waterfront Park in Wolfville, N.S.

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Videos of the Bay of Fundy Tides

Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse videos

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.


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

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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

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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. At the beginning you’ll see them get shorter and at the end they stretch across the bottom of the scene.

Bay of Fundy Tides Timelapse Video at Baxters Harbour, Nova Scotia

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There is also a waterfall at Baxters Harbour, read about it and 27 other waterfalls in Nova Scotia.

For detailed directions to Baxters Harbour please see the map.


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.

9) Explanation of Bay of Fundy Tides 


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Would you like to make your own tide timelapse video? Learn how here.

There you have it: 9 amazing Bay of Fundy tide time-lapse videos.


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Dena Haines

Dena Haines is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. She and her husband (Bryan) co-founded WiseGuides.ca (Nova Scotia travel blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Dena also blogs at ClickLikeThis a GoPro tutorial blog she runs with Bryan.

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