Safety Messaging

Protect yourself from:

  • Tides (Always plan ahead, more below!)
  • The sun
  • Rough terrane and slippery rocks (beaches and trails can be more slippery depending on the season)
  • Falling Rocks (keep back a safe distance from steep cliffs, 1 school bus length!)
  • Wild Animals (know how to act if encountering coyotes, moose, or bears)

Safety Messaging for the Bay of Fundy

Tides

For visitors not accustomed to high coastal cliffs or extreme tides, we have a few words of advice to keep you and your family safe.

The most important safety concern throughout the Geopark is the tides. The rising tide can flood parts of some tidal flats and sand bars faster than you can run. The rising tide may block your access route around a headland, creating a “pinch point”. Many coves are completely flooded at high tide, with no escape route up the steep cliffs.

A general rule of thumb is to plan to be back in your vehicle at the end of your adventure 2-3 hours before high tide.

Please Note: In windy/stormy weather, the tides can reach expected high tide levels 2.5 hours ahead of schedule.

Coastal Erosion

With the highest tides in the world, comes some of the highest rates of coastal erosion in the world. This erosion and deterioration of the coastal cliffs can be dangerous as rocky material can collapse without warning!

When on a cliff-top trail, do not approach the very edge of the cliff. It may have overhanging soil and vegetation that could give way under your weight. Never attempt to go down a steep cliff from the top!

If choosing a picnic site at the bottom of a cliff, try and find a stretch of cliff that has plants growing on it and is gently sloping. If the cliff is steep, look for a sheltered spot such as behind a large rock out on the beach.

Cell Reception

Be aware that cell reception can be very poor in many areas of the Geopark, especially near steep cliffs along the coast or narrow river valleys. Make sure to plan your adventures and let people know where you plan to travel that day!

Facebook

Exciting news from the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. We will soon be opening a 2nd office, to be located in downtown Parrsboro. This venture is made possible though the efforts of many people. We will take a bit of time to get the space ready to go, but look forward to seeing you there in the not too distant future. Of course, we still have our main office in Debert, and welcome you there at any time. We are on the lookout for some donated or reasonably priced furnishings for the Parrsboro office. Has your business recently upgraded your furniture and you are looking for a new home for what you used before? Do you have some stuff taking up space in your basement or garage that could take on a Geopark life? We would be so appreciative to hear from you. In particular we need office desks and chairs, a meeting table and chairs, shelving for merchandise displays and for storage, filing cabinets, waste receptacles, and a coffee maker would be fabulous too. Please send us a private message if you can help or call us at 902-641-2225. Meanwhile check out our windows!!#cliffsoffundy ... See MoreSee Less
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The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) held a working lunch meeting yesterday to explore more ways that these two organizations can collaborate and present some shared programming in the future. Thanks to Paul Aitken and his staff at The Maple Inn for the fabulous lunch and gracious surroundings. We'll be back!#cliffsoffundy#force#mapleinnparrsboro ... See MoreSee Less
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Check our our newly expanded online store for the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. We now a fabulous collection of books for all ages by local authors and on topics in keeping with the work of the Geopark. Here is the link to our shopping page: fundygeopark.ca/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less
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On Saturday September 18th, the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark conducted a Shoreline Cleanup at three locations in Colchester County:- Glenholme (Little Dyke Beach)- Bass River (Saints Rest)- Five Islands Lighthouse ParkA big thank you to our community partners for their contributions:#WrightsPharmasave Wright’s Pharmacy for the sharps containers;#ColchesterWasteResourceManagement – for their volunteer help and for collecting and safely disposing of the trash we collected;#TruroBuzz- for their participation and for helping us spread the word;#MunicipalityofColchester- for the pylons and flagging tape;#CourtneySylvester – for volunteer time and participation;#ThrownTogetherPottery – for the weigh scales.We collected a total of 25kg of garbage from the shoreline! Our winning finding was cigarette butts with a count of 352 collected during the cleanup (over 14 packs)! Cumberland County - it's your turn in the spring!#ShorelineCleanup#cliffsoffundywww.facebook.com/ColchesterWRMwww.facebook.com/TruroBuzz/ ... 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.