About Cliffs of Fundy

The Mi’kmaq have inhabited these shores for more than 11,000 years. The Cliffs of Fundy is the home of the legendary Kluscap and steeped in his legends. The origin of the Five Islands, the Three Sisters, and the special significance of Partridge Island are but a few of these stories and places. The Mi’kmaq were the first geologists of the Geopark, selecting rocks for their points and tools, and for ceremonial use in sweat lodges. The Cliffs of Fundy honours the ethical space of the Mi’kmaq people and their oral traditions of cultural geoheritage.

With more than 40 impressive geosites within a 125 km drive, visitors learn about Earth’s incredible natural history including the best example of how supercontinent Pangea was formed and broke apart; the oldest dinosaur bones in Canada; highest tides in the world; and a magnificent landscape steeped in Mi’kmaw legend, Acadian lore, and a vibrant arts, food, and musical culture.

  • Site of the highest tides on Earth, in the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy
  • Location at the nexus of Pangean tectonics, expressed by the Cobequid-Chedabucto Fault and Minas Fault system
  • One of the world’s foremost exposures of the largest outpouring of lava in Earth history
  • Earliest known inhabited site of humans in northeastern North America, and centre of spiritual and cultural traditions
  • Site of early dinosaurs and Early Jurassic vertebrates mirrored in contemporary sites in Africa, China, and South America
  • A textbook example of an ancient rift valley system
  • Site of the earliest documented exploration for minerals by European explorers in the early Seventeenth century.

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If you're curious as to why Cliffs of Fundy boasts the highest tides on the planet, check out this explanation from NASA. The stunning image was captured by NASA's Aqua Earth-Science Satellite Mission.

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Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Global Geopark

Mark your calendars! The date for the 2020 Not Since Moses Race has been released. This locally-run event attracts people from all over the world to race the world's highest tides against a backdrop of stunning cliffs and shoreline. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tomorrow Monday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, an annual event to recognize the experience of residential schools.

Individuals and communities across Canada continue to suffer the intergenerational effects of the violence from residential schools. “Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 as a result of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. On her first day at residential school Phyllis had her new orange shirt taken away from her. Phyllis' experience is used today to teach students about residential schools and their assimilation practices.”

The date of September 30 was chosen for the annual event because it is the time of year in which Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to residential schools. In addition to simply wearing an orange shirt on September 30, this annual event encourages Canadians to learn about the history of residential schools.
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Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Global Geopark

More inspiration from Nikos Zouros, President of the Global Geoparks Network and Cliffs of Fundy evaluator ... See MoreSee Less

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What is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a designation that attracts tourists wishing to explore the connections between geology, local communities, culture, and nature. Geoparks are designed to promote tourism and celebrate a region’s uniqueness, and do not prohibit any land use.