Bay Of Fundy Nova Scotia

For just a moment, waters come to strange calm in the Bay of Fundy; 100 billion tons of seawater pause before gently reversing flow. In six hours and 13 minutes tourists will walk the sea floor some 50 feet below the spot where sea kayakers paddled. These are the highest tides in the world, best experienced at Hopewell Cape on Canada's east coast.

This ocean bay between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Maine has one of the world's most dynamic and dramatic coastlines and attracts millions of migrating shorebirds. Nutrient-rich waters are pantry and nursery for 12 species of whales and whale-watching tops options for interactions with nature. The geological landscape of awe-inspiring rock cliffs, tide-sculpted towers of sandstone, marsh plateaus, and beaches make this one huge natural destination that's easy to access and enjoy.

Country inns, B&Bs, resorts, hotels and campgrounds offer hospitality harkening back to the early 1600s when Samuel Champlain's Order of Good Cheer created great feasts by harvesting land and sea. Culinary options range from lobster at the shore to fine dining or coastal wineries. These offer a welcome repast after a day of adventure made up of jet boating Saint John's reversing falls, tidal bore rafting or river running at Shubenacadie, wilderness hiking along the Fundy Trail, or rappeling or ziplining at Cape Enrage.

There are also activities that require less adrenaline. You can explore gardens, lighthouses and historic sites; hunt semi-precious stones and three-million-year-old fossils or dinosaur tracks; and experience Acadian and Loyalist culture. The Bay of Fundy is a safe welcoming environment to both engage and recharge.

Julie V. Watson is the author of Frommer's Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, 9th Edition and a contributor to Frommer's Far & Wide: A Weekly Guide to Canada's Best Travel Experiences.