Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 8 – New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy

Wednesday, June 29

We’ll travel to the province of New Brunswick to see her most famous geological feature, the Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape (see video below). Tidal erosion has carved the sandstone rocks into fanciful free-standing sculptures that are decidedly top heavy. The rocks were once connected to the shore line.

Next we’ll witness the gradual rise (or fall) of the Bay of Fundy tides, an average change of 6 to 8 feet per hour. The Fundy Tides are the highest on earth and in some places rise and fall an astounding 40-50 feet. Twice each day one-hundred-billion tons of water flow into the Bay of Fundy. This creates the phenomenal Fundy Tides, which overpower the rivers flowing into the Bay of Fundy and reverse their direction two times a day.

City of Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia.

We leave New Brunswick to motor to the lively oceanfront city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The town was established in 1749 and is named after George Dunk, second Earl of Halifax (it was a great stroke of luck that they didn’t name the place Dunk, Nova Scotia). We’ll enjoy a three night stay at the ideally located waterfront Marriott hotel in the heart of downtown Halifax, our only urban destination on this trip.

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