At the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, tides average a mere 5.8 to 6.7 m (19 to 22 ft). This is more than enough to warrant careful trip planning, but with a thorough understanding of tides and currents, or better yet, a good local guide, the area offers ideal sea kayaking. The tides also churn up a soup of plankton and other nutrients that draw vast quantities of ocean life to the area. This includes plankton, shellfish, fish, dolphins, porpoises, and seals, which in turn draw up to fifteen whale species. Finbacks, the world’s largest whales, summer in the bay along with the endangered North Atlantic right whales.
Local food specialties include lobsters, clams, scallops, and periwinkles, as well as several edible seaweeds. When choosing one Bay of Fundy adventure for this book, the more manageable tides, abundant marine life and rich local culture helped me decide on the mouth of the bay. Grand Manan is the largest of the Fundy Isles, measuring 24 km (15 mi) long by 11 km (7 mi) wide. It is a 35 km (22 mi) ferry trip south from the New Brunswick town of Blacks Harbour and about half that distance east from the easternmost point of the continental United States, at West Quoddy Head, Maine.
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