Horizontal tidal effect

Horizontal Tidal EffectThis phenomenon occurs in many locations in the upper part of the Bay of Fundy but you need to allow 6 hours to appreciate it. Basically, it involves going to the same beach at both high and low tide to see the huge distance that the tide travels from high to low. If you are accustomed to the 1–6 foot tides in the rest of the world, this may not sound very impressive. However, with the volume of water we have moving in & out of the Bay (160 billion tonnes each tide) the horizontal effect can be a truly an amazing sight!

At low tide a vast expanse of the ocean floor is exposed. In the upper part of the Bay the tide can be a few miles away from where it was at high tide. And, of course, there is nothing like sea kayaking at high tide over where you were previously walking at low (see links).

Where can I go to see horizontal tidal effects?

In New Brunswick:

  • St Andrews
  • New River Beach
  • St Martins
  • Alma
  • Hopewell Rocks
  • Dorchester Cape

In Nova Scotia:

  • Joggins
  • Parrsboro
  • Five Islands
  • Grand Pré
  • Blomidon