Big News in the Bay of Fundy

As I’ve mentioned before, we are so fortunate to live so close to the Bay of Fundy.  When I was in university, I had a chance to take a train from Amsterdam to Berlin to visit my “sister”, an exchange student who had lived with us while I was in Gr. 12.  On the train, I struck up a friendship with a boy from Iowa and  was stunned when he revealed that he had never seen the ocean!  It had never occurred to me at that time that there might be (many) people in the world who had never seen the ocean.  I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore!

Two days ago, NASA’s “photo of the day” was of a snow-covered Bay of Fundy.  Awesome!

We are located in Truro, at the "V" where the silt has built up.

The Bay of Fundy, right in the heart of Canada’s Maritime provinces, is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on the country’s east coast.  It is currently a Top 28 Finalist (Canada’s only representation) in the global “New 7 Wonders of Nature” campaign.

Last month, actor James Tupper (born in Nova Scotia), announced his support of the Bay of Fundy! James is well known for his current role as Dr. Chris Sands in the highly-rated NBC primetime medical drama “Mercy”. James Tupper is rated by US Weekly as one of 2009’s “Sexiest Stars” and recently made TV Guide’s coveted “Sexiest Men on TV” list.  (He is also married to actress Anne Heche who used to play the roles of twins “Vicky & Marley” on the long running soap, “Another World“.  I used to watch that show every afternoon with my grandmother when I was in high school, but I digress…)

James had the following to say about the Bay of Fundy:

I am so excited that the Bay of Fundy is representing Canada in the contest,” stated Mr. Tupper. “Through its online voting campaign so many more people will discover and appreciate the extraordinary natural wonder created by world’s highest tides.

While growing up on Canada’s east coast I spent my summers exploring the Bay of Fundy and as a child walking on the ocean floor at low tide was absolutely mesmerizing to me. To be able to explore the beach where only a few hours’ earlier tides were the height of a 4-story building…now that’s adventure! And because of the Bay’s crazy tides, it’s also the only place in the world where fishermen have to climb a ladder for their daily catch.”

The Belgravia is a perfect stopping point to base yourself for exploring the Bay.  This Fall, I spent an afternoon exploring the north shore of the Bay.  You can read that post and see a few photos from my day here: A day on the Bay of Fundy.

The link to vote for the Bay of Fundy as a New 7 Wonders of Nature can be found here:  Vote!