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Walking tours along the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia


Explore the famous Bay of Fundy on this inn-based walking tour in Nova Scotia. 

The Bay of Fundy has tides as high as 50 feet - the highest in the world, and teems with so much life that hundreds of whales gather here to feed every summer. This adventure explores the coast in exciting ways. Begin with a hike along the Acadian dykes built to protect rich farmland from the tremendous tides. Float on inner tubes or swim in sun-warmed water near the small university town of Wolfville. Hike to a cliff-top view over the currents and whirlpools below, and descend to explore pristine beaches where agates and sparkling amethysts are the gifts of the wave-wracked rocks. 

Follow the shore of Minas Basin to Parrsboro, where Mi'kmaq legends tell of the mighty Glooscap’s magic. From Parrsboro, hike to waterfalls cascading off the Cobequid Mountains, or in Cape Chignecto Park. Take to the water in sea kayaks, for an amazing discovery of the Three Sisters, before a final visit to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently elected to the UNESCO list. This adventure takes you to less-visited parts of Nova Scotia, and teaches you about one of the natural world’s greatest phenomena.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Walking Tours
SEASON

July to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Experienced and professional your guides will share their knowledge of the area with you.

Caring guides make our adventures truly extraordinary. They possess not only the skills necessary to coordinate the many details of each trip, but, above all else, a genuine desire to care for your comfort and enjoyment. On most guided adventures, you can expect a team of one local guide and one who has travelled from our main office, with a minimum ratio of one guide to six guests.

On self-guided trips, one of our guides or drivers will be close at hand to meet your needs exclusively.

 

RESTRICTIONS

Daily walks/hikes are up to 18 km long over moderate terrain.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Not Applicable
TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Halifax. 

Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 13:00, day one. 

Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 16:00, day six.

Self drive tours require you to provide your own vehicle.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Nova Scotia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Guided tours include museum and park entrance fees, luggage handling, van support, maps and route notes.

Self guided tours include relevant notes and maps and car rental recommendations.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, warm jacket, shorts and other comfortable clothing, hat gloves.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Five nights accommodations are at various country inns and bed & breakfasts along the way are included on both the guided and self guided tours.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Most meals are included on the guided tours and include five breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners.

Breakfast included on the the self-guided tours.

6 day tour, available July - September
$2525.00 / per person - CAD
Guided tours. 2019: Jul 7-12; Aug 25-30; Sep 22-27. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $495.

$2395.00 / per person - CAD
Self guided tours based on double occupancy. Choose your own dates.

$1260.00 / per person - CAD
Self-drive tour. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include:

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Cancellations received in writing at least 60 days in advance of start date will receive a 50% refund of any deposit paid. Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days ahead will forfeit deposit. Cancellations within 30 days require full payment of the tour cost

6 day tour, available July - September

Day 1

7km/4 miles (1 hour) walk; and optional 90-minute inner tube float 
Meet your guides in Downtown Halifax at 13:00 for transfer to Wolfville. Start with an introductory walk on the Acadian dykes to historic Grand Pré, to see how early farmers controlled the Fundy tide to their advantage. Grand Pré was the centre of Acadian settlement in the area from 1682 until 1755 when the Deportation began. The site is recognized by UNESCO and you’ll have ample time to explore this historical landscape. Afterwards, visit the nearby wineries, and enjoy a refreshing swim or lazy float on an inner tube down the Gaspereau River, through apple orchards toward the sea. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips)
Victoria’s Historic Inn; or
Tattingstone Inn, Wolfville

Day 2

14km hike ~6 hours 
Hike out to Cape Split along the cliff tops of Scot’s Bay. Linger at “the Split” to contemplate the tidal power from your high perch on a cliff top meadow, or follow the alternative coastal route back to Scot’s Bay. Choose from several dinner choices awaiting you in Wolfville. BL
Same lodging

Day 3

Up to 6 km hike ~3 hours; Transfer is 3 hours.

Depart Wolfville by vehicle, transferring around the Minas Basin, with a one-hour stop at Burntcoat Head where the world's highest tides have been recorded. Walk on the ocean floor, tide permitting, then continue to Five Islands park for a hike up Economy Mountain and along Red Head. Finish in Parrsboro where you may have the option to attend a live performance at Ship’s Company Theatre. Note that Tidal bore river rafting is an alternative activity today, and is only available when the entire group wants it and tide times are appropriate; call us for more details if you or your group are interested. BD
Gillespie House B&B, Parrsboro 

Day 4

Up to 15km hike ~5 hours. Transfer is 90 minutes.

A short transfer takes you to hike the Kenomee Canyon and Economy River Wilderness Area - a deep river valley carved through mixed mature evergreen/hardwood forests, along cliff edges, to waterfalls, river crossings, and beautiful stairways. The Cobequid Mountains tumble to the sea all along this shore, and Economy Falls is one of the prettiest of many waterfalls along this shore. Finish with a walking tour at the base of Partridge Island to search for gems and fossils exposed by the ravages of the tides, and to enjoy the beautiful pebbly beach with its spectacular wealth of fascinating rocks and driftwood. A half-hour transfer to Advocate Harbour and Cape Chignecto Park, where your retreat tonight is a Lighthouse overlooking the Bay of Fundy, or in chalets tucked behind a beach littered with driftwood, and perfect for an evening fire. BLD
The Light Keeper’s Kitchen and Guest House, Cape d’Or;
Driftwood Park Retreat, Advocate Harbour (Self Guided & Self-Drive tours will lodge here) 

Day 5

Up to 9km hike ~5 hours; Optional sea kayaking available.

Hike along the beach (tide dependant) and up a long steep staircase into McGahey Brook Canyon in Cape Chignecto Park, looping back over the mountain to Red Rocks. From McGahey Brook Canyon there is an option to hike toward Refugee Cove and extend your hike up to 24km (this is a challenging section of trail, recommended for very experienced hikers). You can also choose the alternative, optional sea kayak trip to the Three Sisters. Either way, this area, near the outer end of Cape Chignecto where the land meets the rips and ferocity of the Fundy tides, is known for its fantastic shorelines. Back at your lodge, you might be able to enjoy what some say is one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. BLD
Same lodging

Day 6

Walking ~4 hours. Transfers 3 hours.

Spend the morning hiking in the Eatonville area, overlooking what now appears to be a beautiful, wild estuary, but was in recent history a remarkably bustling shipbuilding outpost. You will also see some dramatic sea stacks, fissures, cliffs, strands, and the Three Sisters. From there, follow one of Nova Scotia’s quietest stretches of road to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites thanks to the remarkable abundance of rare fossils accessible to anyone walking on the beach. For more intriguing information, visit their website here. Finish with a van transfer back to Halifax in time for dinner. BL