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Posted by Jessica on Jul 28, 2010
Eleven Photos from the Bay of Fundy

I'll be the first to admit that I take Canada for granted, so much so that I call it "America's hat." Even though my first visit to Canada wasn't until my mid-twenties, it's such a familiar place for most Americans that many of us overlook it. As Jon Stewart says, the only reason many Americans think about Canada is as a place we could get more trees from once we've cut down all of ours.

For his part, Tim grew up on the border with Canada near Niagara Falls. He, more than any other American I've met, has a great appreciation of everything Canada. While I grew up on Mister Rogers, Tim grew up on Mr. Dressup. In high school he spent a fair amount of time skipping classes, opting instead for drives to Toronto with friends. In college he was disappointed to discover most of the bands he liked were Canadian and no one else had ever heard of them. And, of course, he has family who lives in Canada too.

(I say all of that so our Canadian friends don't disown us due to my "America's hat" comment.)

Since my inaugural visit to Canada when Tim and I took a road trip (our very first ever together) to Montreal in 2003, I've had the pleasure of visiting Canada a handful of times. And every time I'm impressed by its vastness, its beauty, and the number of Tim Hortons. Given Canada's largest fast food chain specialize in all manner of doughnuts, including Timbits (what we Americans refer to as doughnut holes), I think Canada is a country all Americans can get behind.

And so with visions of Timbits dancing in our heads (sorry, I couldn't resist), we headed to Canada earlier this year over the long Easter weekend. There we spent several days wandering the coast of the Bay of Fundy, marveling at the tidal flows, and taking in some rather gorgeous vistas.

For years I had seen photos of the Bay of Fundy and they always captured my attention. (Hopefully our photos below will do the same for you.) The area is home to one of the highest vertical tidal ranges in the world, which is a fancy way of saying it's a great place to see how much the tide goes in and out. If you wait long enough between tides, you can find yourself walking along a beach that mere hours before was the ocean floor. And it's one of the places in the world I very much wanted to see for myself.

Rather handy it's only a bit up north from us in Canada, eh?

'There's loads of farmland around the Bay of Fundy...and, of course, water too!

'This photo was taken at low tide – you can tell because the boats are on the ocean floor. Neat, eh?

'Low tide!

'High tide!

'This rock will be more than halfway submerged during high tide.

'The ever-clever Canadians call these rock formations flower pots since, well, that's kind of what they look like with all the trees and plants and what not sprouting off their tops

'This is a classic view of the Hopewell Rocks during high tide. These rocks are one of the favorite places to see the difference in the tidal range...

'...because you can so clearly understand how much the tide changes when you've seen the rocks in both high and low tides!

'During low tide you can explore the ocean floor, climbing through tunnels and between the flower pots that have been carved by the ocean over thousands of years.

'Reportedly the Hopewell Rocks have the world record for the highest average tides found anywhere, reaching upward of 46 feet...

'...but if you wait a mere 6-8 hours, you'll be able to enjoy walking along a beach that just hours before was the ocean floor!

August 3, 2010 at 3:57am
Oh, Canada!

It's on my list along with the long trip to Halifax. It will have to wait though, I've almost got Allen convinced on Alaska next year! That will include Western Canadian Rockies if I time it right.

August 3, 2010 at 11:52am
Janet – If you guys go to Alaska next year, make sure to have enough room in your bags for a couple of hedgehogs. We can fold up pretty small! :)
August 3, 2010 at 1:53pm
That's a pretty big hat! How does it fit on such a small body? haha

Glad you're discovering Canada! There's lots more up here to explore.

Mr. Dressup was way better than Mister Rogers! :)

August 5, 2010 at 11:54am

Mr. Dressup was way better than Mister Rogers!

Those there are fighting words! Mister Rogers for the win! ;)

August 9, 2010 at 3:52pm
Holy crap I thought that rock was a huge bear and thought RUN!

In NF they currently affectionately refer to Tim Hortons as TimmyHo's.
Sadly I've only ever been to the Ontario Province, but all that will change once we get our family passports!

August 13, 2010 at 11:27am
Why do I have a feeling that "Timmy Ho" may become my new nickname…
August 13, 2010 at 3:28pm

Why do I have a feeling that "Timmy Ho" may become my new nickname…

Muhahahaha! ;)

August 24, 2010 at 10:34pm
I love your Canada post! I am Canadian tho…(also, this is my first ever comment in your blog!)
August 25, 2010 at 12:27pm
Awwwww – Thank you, Julie! And welcome to HedgehogsWithoutBorders too! :)

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