It is said that nowhere in Nova Scotia is more than 67 km (42 mi) from the ocean. Once you look at the map of my home province, you will see how true that is.
Nova Scotia has 13,300 km of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. A coastline that consists of amazing beaches, wonderful waves, fantastic cliffs, beautiful wild islands, chiseled inlets and coves, and the highest tides in the world.
So what exactly do I mean when I say the highest tides in the world? Well we took a little day trip to show JT a couple of spots that not only prove this fact but always leave us in awe of the beauty of our province and the power of the Atlantic Ocean.
Our first stop was Anthony Provincial Park in Maitland. This day-use park overlooking Cobequid Bay is a perfect place get an idea of the drastic difference between high and low tide. The Doc and I had visited this spot a couple of years ago when the tide was high. On our visit this time the tide is low. Luckily, I have pictures from both visits to share so you can see the difference.
Next we head to Burntcoat Head Park in Noel. Burntcoat Head is the actual site of the highest tides in the world. According to the sign, the tidal range can reach 16.3 metres (53.5 feet) at its greatest, from low tide to high tide. This is where we do more than look at the shoreline. It is were we walk out on the ocean floor. There is a window of a few hours around low tide when this is possible. We picked this particular day because both the weather and the tide schedules were in our favour.
The view as we tentatively step onto the sandstone base that has been chiseled into steps from centuries of tidal movement is breathtaking. One you never forget. I was looking forward to seeing it again knowing how its beauty made me feel on my previous visit. I was also looking forward to JT experiencing the same thing.
At the bottom there is so much to see:
There are islands that you can walk around. Islands that were once part of the mainland.
There are the eroded cliffs that jut out above us. Cliffs of sedimentary rocks dating back 220 million years.
There are small caves and cutouts created by beating and retreating waves.
And shapes and markings that look like artwork. The handiwork of powerful wet fingers.
There are signs of ocean life, periwinkles and small hermit crabs and signs of the movement of creatures now buried until the water returns.
And there is a vastness that leaves you speechless, which is why I am currently sharing more pictures than words.
We spend almost three hours wandering the floor before leaving for a dinner reservation. Burntcoat Head is a place that you keep looking back at while walking away because you’re not ready to leave and because you don’t want to lose that feeling of perspective. That feeling that this landscape, this ocean, this planet are so much more important than we puny humans are and are willing to admit. I would like to think that it is a place that can change you.
Thank You for reading.
Photos: Jenn Stone, Nova Scotia Map – Wikipedia