Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit to explore the site of the planet's highest tides

Here at Burntcoat Head Park, we want you to have an amazing experience with the largest tidal range in the world. To make the best of your visit, a little bit of planning goes a long way! Scroll down to check daily tide times and explore our other pages to learn more:

Tide Times

Come explore the exact location where the highest tides in the world are recorded! Plan your visit to Burntcoat Head Park during low tide to walk on the ocean floor. 

If you are walking on the ocean floor, you must be aware of the advancing tide and its potential danger. There are areas where you could get stuck and be unable to return to the stairs at the entrance to the ocean floor. The ideal time to walk on the ocean floor is three hours after high tide to three hours before the next high tide. If you are unsure of tide times, please ask a staff member.

Tide times at our location for the 2023 season are linked below. You can also check the Government of Canada’s tide predictions.

How to plan your visit around tide times

Each day, billions of tonnes of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy. It takes about 12 hours for the tide to fully rise and fall – this means two low tides and two high tides every 24 hours. When planning your visit to Burntcoat Head Park, if you want to explore the ocean floor, find low tide times on the day of your visit.  It’s only safe to explore the ocean floor within the three hours before or after low tide. 

In our tide schedule for 2023, the first column on the left is the date (5/1/2023 = May 1, 2023). The remaining columns show the two low tide times for that date; one column for the first low tide of the day, and another column for the second low tide. Times are displayed in 24-hour clock format. 

How to figure out the best time to visit: for example, on May 1, low tide happens at 4:20 a.m. and again at 4:48 p.m. (16:48 in 24-hour time). The safe time to explore the ocean floor during daylight on May 1 is between 1:48 p.m. and 7:48 p.m. (three hours before and after low tide).

To truly appreciate the range of the world’s highest tides, plan to see both low and high tide. Calculating high tide is easy: simply add 6 hours to any low tide time, or visit the Government of Canada’s website for their predictions, including heights. It is important to look at the tide times for Burntcoat and not areas like Halifax as tide times and heights change based on location. 

Still need some help planning your visit? Our team is more than happy to help! Email us at or call 902-369-2529 (9am to 5pm from mid-May to mid-October) to get personalized advice.