Explore on Your Own

Ocean Floor Adventures

Burntcoat Head Park is a must-see Bay of Fundy attraction. A can’t-miss adventure on the ocean floor, this is the exact location where the world’s highest tidal range was measured for the Guinness Book of World Records! Before your visit, be sure to check the tide schedule for your safety.

You can book a guided tour of the shoreline from May to October on select dates, or you can explore on your own. The shoreline can be muddy, so sturdy shoes or boots that are washable or waterproof and you don’t mind getting dirty are recommended. The terrain can be uneven and sometimes slippery (flip-flops and crocs are not recommended). A foot wash is available at the top of the stairs.

Hours of Operation

Our lighthouse gift shop and washrooms are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from mid-May to mid-October. Park grounds are accessible after hours and in the off-season at your own risk. The ocean floor should only be accessed in daylight. Make sure you know the tide times. No overnight camping is permitted.


There is ample parking available once you enter the park. RV and bus parking is available in marked locations.


There is a walking path around the park. Part of the path is surfaced in crushed stone and the other in mulch. Getting from the parking lot to the lighthouse is fairly easy although there are some ups and downs in elevation. There are stairs to the ocean floor with railings. From the parking lot to the ocean floor is about a 3-4 minute walk.

A young girl in a blue dress skipping along the shoreline on the edge of the Bay of Fundy’s bare green and brown cliffs during low tides at Burntcoat Head Park in Nova Scotia, Canada during Family Ocean Floor Tours.
A young blonde tourist holding a magnifying glass while two other tourist women are holding a periwinkle picked up on the Atlantic Ocean’s floor under the Bay of Fundy at low tides. The tourists are exploring the organism at Burntcoat Head Park in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Please Tiptoe through the Periwinkles

When the tide is out, the creatures left behind are vulnerable. Please be respectful of the ocean life and leave things as they are, sometimes what looks like nothing is actually an important part of the ecosystem. Try to avoid wading in the tidal pools or stepping on the colonies of shells found on the ocean floor. What appears to be an empty shell could actually be home to a hermit crab.

Did you know a protected species calls Burntcoat Head Park home? The Atlantic Mud Piddock is an intertidal bivalve mollusc, whose population is limited to the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy, with the most accessible being at Burntcoat Head. Help us protect this species by not walking in the Piddock Protection Area (to the left of the stairs when you enter the ocean floor).

Find a Fossil, Leave the Fossil

Fossils are evidence of ancient life. Important fossils have been discovered at Burntcoat Head Park, including the skull of a strange, beaked archosaur called Teraterpeton and the backbone of a huge, lumbering dicynodont, creatures that lived and competed with the early dinosaurs.

It is illegal to collect fossils without a Heritage Research Permit. If you don’t have a permit, please leave the fossils in place. If you believe you have discovered a fossil, we encourage you to take a photo, note the location, contact the Fundy Geological Museum so it can be identified, and tell us too!

Two tourists, a man and woman exploring periwinkles and rocks, picked up on the Atlantic Ocean’s floor under the Bay of Fundy at low tides. The tourists are exploring the organism at Burntcoat Head Park in Nova Scotia, Canada.