The Bay of Fundy, a magnificent waterway surrounded largely by pristine wilderness, is famous for having the largest (or possibly the second largest) high tidal range in the world. Home to some of the earliest European settlements in North America as well as Fundy National Park, the Bay of Fundy is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the east coast of Canada.
The area around the bay was inhabited by Mi’kmaq tribes prior to the arrival of Europeans. The first French settlements were established here in 1605, and the bay was the site of numerous military actions between the French, British and American during the 17th and 18th centuries. Fundy National Park, which protects part of the bay, was established in 1948.
The Bay of Fundy is a large body of water which extends off of the Atlantic Ocean between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Although there are a few small cities along its shore, the area around the bay is largely undeveloped. There are many protected areas around the bay, including Fundy National Park, which protects a diversity of wildlife in the area. Among the well-known features of the bay are the Hopewell Rocks, huge sandstone formations carved by the tidal variations.
The Bay of Fundy is enormous, and open to many venues of exploration. One popular way is to travel on one of the many ferries that criss-cross the bay every day. There are walks with good vantage points in Fundy National Park and other preserves. One of the best places to witness the amazing tide change is at the small harbor in the town of Alma. Web: www.bayoffundytourism.com (official website).
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