Day 13: Bay of Fundy & Halifax

by Elinordin July. 11, 2011 1212 views

There are approximately two high tides and two low tides within a 24-hour period in the Bay of Fundy. It is about 6 hours and 13 minutes between a low tide and a high tide.

It was approaching its lowest tides when we were here. We didn't have the time to wait another six hours to see this place during high tides for comparison sake. We could only imagine the water will raise to the wharf level twice a day. Interesting huh?

The reason for the highest tides is due to the funnel shape of the bay itself - the great volume of water from the Atlantic ocean tends to oscillate back and forth through the funnel that accentuate the tides at the apex.

The kids were walking on the ocean floor as the tides were receding.

The weather was so wonderful which made us stay a bit longer at this place.

We explored on the other side of the fishermen's wharf.

Interesting rock formations… at some parts, they look like caves.

Snacking while resting :P

It wasn't easy to walk on the ocean floor at this side…. too many rocks!

We didn't walk that far from where we parked, the rocks slowed us down.

Farhan picked some seaweed to moisturize his dry skin… eeewww!

We planned to go to the far end of the cliff but decided to turn back due to too many rocks and we just wore flip flops. Also, we didn't want to get caught when this ocean floor was no longer visible!!!… scary thought!

We planned to stock up some halal meat when we reached Halifax. By now, we have had enough of seafood and we craved for meat. Luckily we found House of Halal in Halifax and bought some chicken breasts and steak too. We replenished a few packets of halal marshmallows too :)

From also, we located this halal Persian restaurant not far from the Halifax Waterfront.

A delicious rice meal, alhamdulillah. Everyone was happy :)

We had some time to explore the Waterfront… Pier 21 is Canadian Museum of Immigration.

Sir Samuel Cunard, born in Halifax, was a pioneer of systematic ocean steamship navigation.

Let's take a harbourwalk!

Overlooking Georges Island, where the tiny lighthouse is :P

Some jazz musicians were performing at the Harbourwalk when we were there… it was a jazz festival week.

D stopped for an interesting piece of information! … there's a cross there to reminisce the deportation of Acadians from Canadian Maritime provinces. Some Acadians escaped to Quebec, or hid among the Mi'kmaq or in the countryside, to avoid deportation.

Farhan was quite upset that he missed to see the big fish which Sarah and I spotted earlier on.

Harbourwalk is indeed a beautiful place to stroll during a pleasant day.

Farhan has become too tall for us to put our hands over his shoulder… heh!

Up the hill, above this Halifax Town Clock is the famous Citadel.

We climbed the Citadel Hill and the Town Clock is now in the background down there.

What a beautiful place to be… overlooking Halifax waterfront!

Georges Island and that tiny lighthouse we saw from Harbourwalk earlier on! … now from the Citadel Hill.

The Citadel was already closed when we arrived up there… but there was a guard who worked over time. Hahah!

Btw, this star-shaped fortress, or citadel, is formally known as Fort George and was completed in 1856. In 1749, British founded Halifax to counter a growing French presence at Fortress Louisbourg. Now, both fortresses are under the National Parks of Canada.

The ditch in the the background.

At least we could pose in front of the door, heh!

D took a peek inside through the small hole at the door :P

Another nice place to spend your day in Halifax!

One can just sit here for hours to relax and enjoy the harbor view fomr this Citadel Hill.

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