Recently, we made the trek out to Halls Harbour and Scot’s Bay – two of my favorite places in the area. While Halls Harbour has become touristy over the past few years, it is still a great place to see the extreme tides. The Bay of Fundy is known for its high tides and going to Hall’s Harbour is the perfect place to see how extreme they can get.
We started off just before lunch as the tides were starting to come back in. As we rounded the corner into the harbour, we could already see the boats just starting to float as the tides came in. Hall’s Harbour is also very well known for its lobster catch and we took the opportunity to go and say hi to the lobsters in their tank. The kids loved seeing the lobsters though they were disappointed that they couldn’t touch them. I was just happy to see that the lobsters all had elastic bands on the claws because, knowing our kids, we would leave with twenty lobsters attached to our very curious children!
We then headed over to Scot’s Bay for a picnic lunch. Neither Hall’s Harbour nor Scot’s Bay has beaches you would want to visit for swimming as the water is extremely cold but they do have rocks! Lots and lots of rocks! Wandering up and down the beaches looking for interesting rocks is great fun and you can quickly become mesmerized and find yourself quite a ways away from where you started if you are not careful to look up once and awhile. Scot’s Bay is well known for agates (a type of rock that has layers of different minerals making it look like a sandwich) and worry stones.
My grandfather introduced me to worry stones when I was younger and whenever we came up to Scot’s Bay we would spend a couple of hours looking for just the right rock to use for a worry stone. You needed a rock that fit comfortably in your hand so that your thumb was able to casually rub one of its smooth sides. The rubbing of the rock with your thumb was supposed to help ease your anxiety, transferring your worries to the rock. Grandpa always had a tray of worry stones on a tray in his house, adding to it whenever we visited Scot’s Bay.
Stopping at the Look Off to see the amazing views of the valley, we headed back to Hall’s Harbour to see the boats floating at high tide at around 3 pm. The difference was quite striking. This process happens twice a day and is an amazing sight to see. It was a very nice day to go to Hall’s Harbour and Scot’s Bay to enjoy the nice cool breeze coming off the Bay of Fundy on what was otherwise another hot, muggy day.
In the evening, we headed out into Wolfville to view the famous chimney swifts. There was once an old building that eventually was abandoned. In the meantime, a flock of chimney swifts had discovered that the chimney made a lovely home for their families. The building was eventually torn down but the chimney was saved. Every night at dusk, the chimney swifts return to the chimney, diving into the chimney in an amazing display of agility.
While the kids had a hard time being patient for the swifts to make their way into the chimney (especially with the mosquitos coming out in drives), we all agreed that it was a very cool sight.