Keeping an Eye on the Tides

Click Here for the Tide Schedule for Burntcoat Head Park

Change to the date you are interested in and click the UPDATE button. You will see the two low tide times and the two high tide times in a 24 hour reading for each day.




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The World’s Highest Recorded Tides

Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy is about 400 km long and has an average depth of 75 metres.

From the moment the settlers arrived, the tides exerted great influence over their lives. Fishermen and sea captains had to schedule their departures and arrivals during mid high tide or their vessels would be grounded. Today beachcombers and leisure craft operators must be constantly aware of the advancing tide and its potential danger, especially in areas where the tide rises at 1 inch per minute. (2.54 cm)

Tides are periodic rising and falling of the earth's oceans in response to the gravitational attraction of the moon. The gravitational pull of the moon produces a bulge in the waters on the side of the earth nearest the moon.


This gravitational attraction is countered by the centrifugal force generated by the revolving earth-moon system, so that a bulge of water of equal size is created on the opposite side of the earth.  The movement of the bulge is impeded to some degree by land masses.

Lunar tides occur twice in a lunar day - once every 12 hours and 25 minutes.  During every tide in the Bay of Fundy, approximately 105 km³ of ocean water enter the Bay. Occasionally large tides of up to 150 km³ occur.  The tidal current, which travels about 2.5 knots off Digby Gut, increases to speeds of seven to eight knots as it spills into the Minas Basin.

The tides are a rich resource, especially for tide watchers.  Tides have also created a livelihood for clam diggers, dulse harvesters, and weir-fishermen, as well as providing a major feeding ground for fish and shore birds.




Tidal Bore Schedule in Maitland and South Maitland

A tidal bore is created when the tide coming in meets a river's natural flow to the sea.   In this area the tidal bore can be seen in Maitland at Dawson Dowell Park and at South Maitland Interpretive located on Highway 215 east of Maitland.


The bore in Maitland occurs approximately three hours after low tide at Burntcoat Head Park.  It is easy to see low tide at Burntcoat, the tidal bore in Maitland, and return to Burntcoat Head to see high tide.  Now that is called a tidal day!


For times of the tidal bore in Maitland and South Maitland click here.