Tides in the Bay of Fundy

160 billion tonnes of water daily

Each day 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle — more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers!

When can you experience the Tides?

  • Visitors can see 2 extraordinary high and low tides every 24 hours.
  • The time between a high tide and a low tide is, on average, 6 hours and 13 minutes. As such, you can reasonably expect to see at least one high and one low tide during daylight hours.
  • Tide times move ahead approximately one hour each day, and tide times vary slightly for different locations around the Bay.
  • Check with the community you are planning to visit for accurate high and low tide times.

Are the Bay of Fundy tides a 50-foot wall of water?

The Bay’s tides do officially measure 50 feet in height but the tidal bore (just one of several ways to see the tides) is not a 50 foot wall of water twice a day. More information about the various tidal effects you can experience in addition to the bore below.

What kinds of tidal effects can be experienced around the Bay of Fundy?

There are actually 4 tidal effects. They are:

  1. Vertical Tidal Effect
  2. Tidal Bore
  3. Horizontal Tidal Effect
  4. Tidal Rapids, Whirlpools & Rips