I didn’t know what to expect when I woke up on my second morning in Halifax, Canada. The previous day, my plan had been ruined by the incoming snowstorm. I had to cancel my visit to the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy. I was hoping that the roads would be clear and I could make the drive today.
I went downstairs and grab the fresh yogurt I had picked up at the farmer’s market. I powered up my computer and checked the weather and road camera. Everything looked good so I decide it was worth the risk. I survived driving in Iceland in winter so I figured I could get myself to the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy and back to Halifax.
I expected the roads to by a little icy and slick as I worked my way out Halifax and on to Route 101. The roads were pretty much clear and free of ice as I drove across the Nova Scotia Peninsula. Despite the cloud cover, I enjoyed watching the snow covered trees as I drove. Occasionally, I would find a wet slushy patch on the road but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. 20 inches of snow overnight and looking at just the road one can’t tell. These Canadians really know how to handle the snow.
I didn’t rush the drive. Low tide was at 11:14 am. I had plenty of time and didn’t want a repeat of the Iceland car wreck. It took just over a hour and half to make the 91 km or 57 mile drive to Evangeline Beach. I stopped at a small coffee roaster called Just Us! Coffee & Tea House. They have a small exhibit on how coffee is produced. I ask for directions to Evangeline Beach and get a cup of Chai.
It was easy to find the beach from the Just Us! I followed the signs into a snow filled parking lot. I wasn’t surprised that I was the only car in the parking lot. The lot entrance had been plowed and the rest of the lot was full of snow. I was here to see the Bay of Fundy and a snow filled parking lot wasn’t going to stop me.
I parked in the cleared entrance and walked over to the wooden railing. From the railing, I could look out into the Bay of Fundy. I could see the water far in the distance. I glanced down at my watch and it was just after 11:00 am. This is low tide in the Bay of Fundy. I found a small snow covered staircase that lend down into the bay.
I couldn’t resist taking the stair case and walking out into the bay. I had about 5 hours until I need to worry about the tide coming in. The bottom of the bay was a mix of dark sand and mud.
I walked about a quarter of a mile out in to the bay. I couldn’t believe I was actually standing in Bay of Fundy. I spent about an hour checking out the rock formations and small tide pools. I didn’t find any really cool creatures but I enjoyed myself.
The wind picked up as I headed back to my car. I drove the rest of the way into Wolfville. I found a really nice local wine bar for lunch. I had some fresh Bay of Fundy Scallops wrapped in bacon with a local Nova Scotia wine.
I took a walk after lunch and found a small park that overlooked the bay. It had a gazebo and a statue of a man and a map of the bay. From where I was standing, the bottom of the way was almost 20 feet. It was hard to imagine that this would be full of water in a few hours.
From there, I checked out a local dairy farm and bought some fresh yogurt and ice cream. The only open local winery and I got to try some amazing Nova Scotia wines.
After my wine tasting, I check my watch and it was almost 5 pm. It was time to head back to Wolfville and check out high tide. I arrived back at the gazebo and found the small inlet I looked at earlier full of water. I was now only a couple of feet from the water.
On my way back across to Halifax, I stopped at Evangeline Beach. Water touched the 3rd step from the top of the staircase I had used to get down earlier. All I could see was water as I looked across the Bay of Fundy.
Have you seen the world record tides of the Bay of Fundy? What are you looking forward to see on your visit to the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy?