Humpback adoption program brier island whale watch. For assistance with your disney cruise, please call 800 95532. Planning a family vacation to nova scotia with 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Join petit passage whale watch for a three hour cruise to the waters of the lower bay in search of whales and seabirds. The orca can grow to a length of 7m 23ft and weigh 45,000 kg in the male and 6. By requirement, all bay of fundy recommended experience whalewatch companies meet or exceed the high standards of the whale watching code of ethics. Set sail on the bay of fundy for a memorable whale and wildlife watching tour.
North atlantic right whales rebound in bay of fundy cbc news. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore our diverse coast. The name is likely a corruption of the french word fendu, meaning split. New brunswicks expert whalewatchers will help you have the experience of a lifetime. Male killer whale, sept 26, 2014 about 17 miles east of grand manan, nb canada on sea watch tours with captain peter wilcox and mate durlan ingersoll. Although the bay of fundy whale watching season runs from june to october, the best month to see whales and other wildlife is august. The bay of fundy has a diverse ecosystem and a marine biodiversity comparable to the amazon rainforest. Nov 27, 2008 whale watching in bay of fundy, new brunswick. It is also a gateway to new brunswicks scenic villages and seascapes.
Home to over eight species of whales and a whale population that can exceed 300 at any one time, the bay of fundy is a fantastic destination for whale watchers. Bay of fundy whale watching tours are run out of st. Campobello island new brunswick bay of fundy whale watching. Our success rating for whale sightings averages close to 95%. Mariner cruises has been offering nova scotia whale watching and birding tours off brier island, in the bay of fundy since 1994. In some areas, when conditions align, there can be a vertical change of 16 metres 53 feet.
Jun 07, 2009 come to the bay of fundy and watch the highest tides in the world and then, six hours later at low tide, you can walk on the ocean floor. Bay of fundy ecosystem research, education and conservation. On a tour lasting several hours you might see minke, humpback and finback whales. The bay of fundy is located between the canadian provinces of new brunswick and nova scotia on the east coast of north america. Jul 08, 2016 the bay of fundy is known for having the highest tide changes in the world and is a rich feeding ground for many sea creatures. Andrews, a charming resort town on the bay of fundy, and home to the largest population of whale species. To make sure that seating will be available for the tour date and. Whale watching tours operate on both sides of the bay under a strict code of ethics. Situated on canadas east coast, the bay of fundy is known for its extreme tides. Interesting facts about the bay of fundy just fun facts. Whale watching tour on the bay of fundy off of brier island nova scotia. The bay of fundy ecosystem partnership is a virtual institute, open to both individuals and groups who are interested in the well being of the bay of fundy. Other whales occasionally sighted in the bay of fundy include the sei whale and pilot whale. Divers can explore the rocky ocean floor, which is rich with flora and fauna and populated with an abundance of wellfed sea creatures.
The bay of fundy is claimed to have the highest tides in the world. Find out all the fun things to do on the bay of fundy. This award is an earned designation and fundy tide runners is committed to sustainable tourism and quality whale watch experiences. The bay of fundy is one of the seven natural wonders of north america, and its easy to see why. The bay of fundy whales i n micmac lore, it was a giant whale, who angered the god glooscap and created such a splash with his mighty tail, that the water sloshes back and forth to this day. Boasting the highest tidal paddling experiences on earth, the upper bay of fundy offers many incredible and unique sea kayaking adventures. In actuality, the story of the tremendous bay of fundy tides is no less the stuff of legends. Dolphins and north atlantic right whale in the bay of fundy. By mac trueman telegraphjournal september 2704 it looks like last years change in bay of fundy shipping lanes could provide even more help to the highly endangered right whale than scientists had hoped for. The whale watching from halifax is iffy at best if you want to really experience the whales head to the digby neckbrier island area. The bay of fundy is a world renowned whale watching area, with tour boats sailing from both the nova scotia and new brunswick shores on a daily basis from june through october.
Our family of 4 will be camping at fundy national park august 1215 and during this time we would like to go whale watching and kayaking. One of the marine wonders of the world, the bay of fundy boasts the worlds highest tides, a distinctly scenic coastline, and one of the north atlantics highest concentrations of whales and seabirds. The scenic lighthousedotted coastline, whaleinhabited waters, and quaint fishing villages add to the bay s appeal. With chilly waters of an average temperature of 0 to 2 degrees celsius or 32 to 36 degrees fahrenheit, diving with a dry suit really is the best way to experience the wonder found under the bay of fundy. Choose a tall ship, whaling vessel, catamaran or speedy zodiac. Winding its way between the maritime provinces of new brunswick and nova scotia, the bay of fundy is 170 miles of craggy cliffs, thundering waves, and ecological wonders. Humpback whales like this one are frequently seen in the bay of fundy, but right whale sightings have declined dramatically over the. These studies will give everyone a better understanding of these animals and their habitat. Humpback, minke, and the rare north atlantic right whale are amongst the species to be seen here.
Twice a day the tide advances and retreats by as much as 52 feet 16 meters, leaving land previously covered by sea exposed and vice versa. It was my first time whale watching, and according to. Experience the incredibly diverse bay of fundy in its national parks, unesco sites, national historical sites, outstanding provincial parks, and museums. Liz gill goes whale watching in new brunswicks bay of fundy where the nutrientrich atlantic waters attract more than 15 species from june to november. Featuring cape split, lighthouses, and the highest tides in the world.
Andrews, grand manan and campobello island in new brunswick and out of various harbours near digby, nova scotia. Whales common to the bay can be up to 16m 52 ft in length and can weigh up to 40,000 kilograms 88,000 lbs. It holds a special place in the hearts of many canadians. I understand that bay of fundy is the best place for whale watching but what everyone seems to recommend is briers island. Andrews, youre on the international super highway for migrating whales. Come and explore all of what new brunswick bay of fundy has to offer, from the worlds highest tides experience to whale watching off the coast.
Some 350 million years ago, it was not glooscap, but rather the sun and moon who conspired to create. Kingsbrae arms is situated just up king street from the harbor where the excursions begin. It is estimated that between the gulf of maine and the bay of fundy, the whale population ranges between three and four hundred at any one time. Finback whales, minke whales and harbour porpoises are the first to arrive in the spring. Right whale freed from fishing gear in bay of fundy as the whales move around we need to keep addressing it and we also need to keep working with the fishermen because someone will. Divers keep in mind that when diving the bay of fundy, sometimes even in the sunniest and perfect surface conditions, the underwater world can be in complete turbulence. For more information about the bay of fundy, visit. Fundy national park camping guide back road ramblers.
She helps whale campers understand basic whale and marine mammal research during our friday morning sessions with her. Andrews, a charming resort town, board a 55foot power catamaran to journey among. October 20th is really very late in the season, so your chances of seeing whales arent all that good. Bay of fundy whale watching saint john shore excursions. Gael tours is teaming up with petit passage whale watch for a full day of excitement and discovery. Whales of the bay of fundy selfdrive canada wildlife. An afternoon over the bay of fundy, nova scotia, canada. Later in the week we decided to go on another whale watch tour out of pleasant bay cape breton, but it couldnt compare to the experience we had at ocean explorations. Meet the whales of the bay of fundy tourism new brunswick. Our signature experience, kayak the rocks occurs at new brunswicks tourism icon, the hopewell rocks park. Olson 1911 pointed out that fridtjof nansen, taking a very sceptical stance, was dismissive of the idea of vinland being located at nova scotia, partly because he held that the birdlife there would not match the extreme abundance which the saga describes on straumsey.
Sep 24, 20 the campobello island whale rescue team disentangles whales caught in fishermens gear and nets around the bay of fundy off the east coast of canada. Its home to the highest tides in the world, beautiful rugged shorelines, and a wonderfully diverse group of whales. Providing over 22 years of safe and enjoyable whale watching adventures and nature tours on the bay of fundy in new brunswick, canada. Beautiful beasts of the bay your catamaran will take you to the feeding turfs of eagles, seals and other magnificent animals of fundy. Although famous for the reversing rapids at the bay of fundy, saint john is also home to splendid victorian architecture, quaint shops and a vibrant arts scene. Whale watching bay of fundy area or off cape breton. The bay of fundy also has a nursery for the endangered north atlantic right whale. This distinctive jetblack, brilliant white and grey marked, huge dorsal finned male, makes this animal relatively easy to identify. Bay of fundy dolphins and right whale internet archive. Apr 11, 2008 come and explore all of what new brunswick bay of fundy has to offer, from the worlds highest tides experience to whale watching off the coast. Whale of a time family whale watch on brier island.
It is our goal to promote the integrity, vitality, biodiversity and productivity of the bay of fundy ecosystem, and to protect the social wellbeing and economic sustainability of its. These dramatic tidal surges force the oceans nutrients to the surface where they help produce healthy blooms of plankton. We invite you to join us for an exciting sea adventure from the whale watching capital of nova scotia. The orca whale orcinus orca the killer whale is the largest member of the dolphin family. Whale watching on the bay of fundy its a whale of time in the bay of fundy. Set sail on the bay of fundy with a marine biologist for an unforgettable whale and wildlife watching expedition. When you take part in a whale watching adventure on the bay of fundy you can expect to see minke, fin and humpback whales as well as the rarest large mammal on earth the north atlantic right whale.
The halifax tours might see a minke but it is rare to see much more while on the fundy you have the opportunity to see humpbacks, finbacks, right, minke and occasionally the huge blue. These whales were all humpbacks and can be found regularly in the bay. It is more than 200 miles 320 km long, and there are lots and lots of natural areas, provincial parks, and geological wonders to explore. You can sail from the mainland of either province, or you may choose to embark from one of the spectacular islands in the bay of fundy. Its waters are populated with up to 12 species of whales, an abundance of dolphins, porpoises, fish, seals, seabirds and more. The scenic lighthousedotted coastline, whaleinhabited waters, and quaint fishing villages add to the bays appeal. For more information about the whales, visit our bay of fundy whales section. The bay of fundy is a natural treasure, containing the worlds highest tides, an abundance of marine biodiversity, and rich coastal areas that support two million migratory shorebirds each year. Optional activities include sea kayaking and tidal bore riverrafting. Aug 26, 2010 whale watching tour on the bay of fundy off of brier island nova scotia. The bay of fundy is one of the richest marine habitats in the world and is therefore the summer feeding ground for many marine mammals, seabirds and saltwater invertebrates. The tides of the bay of fundy create unique conditions for whales and seabirds. And the draw of the worlds highest tides brings some of the worlds rarest whales to the waters of the bay of fundy.
And dont worry even if youve never tried sea kayaking before there is an experience for everyone. One of the things we want to do is go whale watching. Aug 30, 2017 we headed out into the bay of fundy for an outstanding experience with a number of humpback whales, including a mother vector and her calf. A whalewatching trip is a must on any east coast vacation. Come to the bay of fundy and watch the highest tides in the world and then, six hours later at low tide, you can walk on the ocean floor. Despite its name, the killer whale has never hurt a person in the wild. For diehard scuba divers, saint john new brunswick has a variety of shore diving places within an easy car ride of this industrial city. Two thirds of worlds 300350 remaining right whales feed in bay. Bay of fundy st andrews, new brunswick this is one of the worlds best whale watching regions because the massive tides of the bay of fundy have created such nutrient rich environment. Whales breached out of the water, flipped their fins and tails and swam up and under our boat. Any recommendations as whether it is better to go near digbybrier island area or to go off cape.
Fundy tide runners is proud to be a bay of fundy recommended experience as awarded by the bay of fundy tourism partnership. When you take part in a whale watching adventure on the bay of fund y you can expect to see minke, fin and humpback whales as well as the rarest large mammal on earth the north atlantic right whale. The bay of fundy whales in micmac lore, it was a giant whale, who angered the god glooscap and created such a splash with his mighty tail, that the water sloshes back and forth to this day. By adopting a bay of fundy humpback whale you support the ongoing research conducted by brier island whale and seabird cruises research division which includes rescue efforts by fundy east whale rescue.
A rare sighting would include the blue whale, sperm whale, killer whale, and beluga whale. The common whales in the bay of fundy are baleen whales as. The female and juvenile, at a distance however, can be confused with rissos dolphin, the false killer whale and even dalls porpoise. The humpback whale is the most common large whale in the bay of fundy. May 31, 2011 the bay of fundy is one of the richest marine habitats in the world and is therefore the summer feeding ground for many marine mammals, seabirds and saltwater invertebrates.1041 549 507 259 95 332 380 252 554 1464 194 1460 299 765 88 1169 1346 1015 660 729 700 1159 843 1327 1506 826 1237 1445 1089 1156 1145 522 419 460 574 1304