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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.

Tide Table example:

How to Read our Tide Table

High and low tide occur at different times each day and water levels also vary. Tide tables show the daily predictions for the times of high and low tide, as well as the height of each tide. 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. 

In our tide table schedule for 2023, the first column on the left is the date (5/1/2023 = May 1, 2023). The remaining columns are the low and high tide times for each day. Times are displayed in 24-hour clock format.

There are two tidal cycles each day. The first two columns after the date are the LOW tide times for that day. The final two columns are the HIGH tide times for that day, followed by the predicted height of the tide (for example, on May 1, the tidal range is 12.2 metres/39.9 feet – wow!)

To explore the ocean floor, you should plan your visit as close to LOW tide as possible. It is only safe to explore the ocean floor within the three hours before or after low tide. For example: On May 1, low tide happens at 3:20 a.m. and again at 3:48 p.m. (15:48 in 24-hour time). The safe time to explore the ocean floor during the day on May 1 is between 12:48 p.m. and 6:48 p.m. (three hours before and after low tide).

Still need some help planning your visit? Our team is more than happy to help! Email us at burntcoat@easthants.ca or call 902-369-2529 (9am to 5pm in the on-season) to get personalized advice.