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Stretching for 270 kilometres along Canada’s east coast, New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy offers exceptional whale watching opportunities, eight species of whale congregate in its magnificent tidal waters.

The world’s highest tides occur here and the result is an extensive ecosystem supporting a rich variety of wildlife, with large numbers of seabirds and whales. Along with humpback, minke, and fin whales there is a chance to see rarities, the North Atlantic right whale and the harbour porpoise. Harbour, and grey seals can also be seen. The choice of how to view these majestic creatures is also plentiful, with options to join them in their natural playground by tall ship, catamaran, motorboat or Zodiac.  

Birdwatchers will not be disappointed; the Bay of Fundy boasts an abundance of avian species – great, and sooty shearwaters, Atlantic puffins, bald eagles, osprey and sandpipers are often sighted. The Bay of Fundy National Park is home to more than 260 species of birds, as well as amphibians, reptiles and over 40 species of mammals. 

Cliffs and coastline have been dramatically sculpted by the elements and the tides themselves are best experienced at The Hopewell Rocks, where you can explore the famous “flowerpot rocks” at low tide.  Some of the last remaining coastal wilderness between Florida and Newfoundland can be explored by hiking or biking along the Fundy Trail, from where the tide’s progress can be witnessed amidst remarkable scenery and the chance to spot wildlife. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, harbour porpoise, bald eagle, fin whale, North Atlantic right whale
  • Where: New Brunswick, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Festival of Whales

Join writer, zoologist and conservationist Mark Carwardine in Canada on our 2018 Festival of Whales. This unique trip takes place in the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic Coast, where tidal conditions attracts large numbers of whales, in particular, the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

  • When to go: Aug-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Grand Manan’s Coastal Wonders

Join us for an early autumn bird and whale spectacular on Canada’s eastern seaboard. The area attracts thousands of shorebirds and warblers on migration, and it is one of the best times for whale watching, where species to be seen include fin, minke, humpback and the extremely rare northern right whale.

  • When to go: Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Northern Right Whales of New Brunswick

Enjoy a self-drive short break to New Brunswick and experience fantastic whale watching along with beautiful coastal scenery. The Bay of Fundy is a cetacean hotspot, with minke, fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales, together with harbour porpoises, white-sided dolphins and an array of seabirds.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Whales of the Bay of Fundy Self-drive

This one-week self-drive holiday takes you to the heart of New Brunswick, visiting Grand Manan Island and the Bay of Fundy, a haven for whales, with fin, humpback, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whale. You can also expect to see plenty of shorebirds, puffins and some spectacular coastal scenery.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,245 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Innisfree Bed & Breakfast

Innisfree is a charming 160 year-old farmhouse, entirely renovated and surrounded by exquisite gardens, with superb views of the Bay of Fundy. Offering hearty breakfasts and a cosy fireplace, it is full of character, and an ideal base from which to explore the natural highlights of Hopwell Rocks at low tide.