World’s Highest Recorded Tides

Twice each day the Bay of Fundy fills and empties its 160 billion tons of water creating the highest tides in the world. In 1975 The Guinness Book of World Records listed Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia as the site of the greatest average tide of 47.5 feet with an extreme range of 53.6 feet.

Click here for tide schedule at Burntcoat Head Park.


So Much to See and Do

The Park has lovely picnic areas, walking trails, gardens and a replica lighthouse containing interpretive displays and a small shop to purchase locally made goods.

For the most dramatic effect of the tide, visit both at low and high tide. The six hours between tides can be spent enjoying the Park or exploring the local community. From the Interpretive Centre in South Maitland and the Historic Village of Maitland, to the Walton Lighthouse and the sweeping vistas around the Cheverie community, Highway 215 is rich in natural beauty and things to do.


Visitors should expect varied terrain on the ocean floor including sandstone, wet sand, wet seaweed and very slippery mud.  Sturdy washable footwear such as old sneakers, hikers, water shoes, or secure sandals with good grips would be best for your visit.  Visitors are asked to be mindful of their footing as they explore, and be aware of sudden changes in their walking surface.  We do provide a foot-wash station but please be aware that the mud can stain certain materials. 


"Brag of your country. When I am abroad I brag of everything that Nova Scotia is, has, or can produce, and when they beat me at everything else, I say, "How high do your tides rise?"

Joseph Howe, Politician for Hants County

1804 - 1873