American Locations 25 – Cobstock Bay State Park

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

From Schoodic Peninsula we drove north on 186 to Hwy. 1, then turned north. At the Narraguagus River we turned off onto Hwy. 1A and continued north. We were soon back on Hwy. 1. This route kept us fairly close to the coast. At Whiting, at the head of Denny’s Bay, we turned north onto Rural Rte. 1. This took us along the waterfront to Cobstock Bay State Park.

The park is on a peninsula that juts out into Denny’s Bay. This bay is the westernmost reach of the Bay of Fundy. After setting up then relaxing after our scenic drive, we went on a hike.

Down to the bay.

We saw a pier.

So naturally we walked down to it.

And out on it.

There were boats anchored out in the bay.

We saw these birds feasting on a pile of fish. I don’t know where the fish came from.

Some kayakers were paddling around these 2 little islands.

You can tell by the watermark this was nearly high tide. Here are the same 2 islands at low tide.

Amazing, isn’t it. The Bay of Fundy has the most extreme tides in the world. This Internet article can describe it better than me:

Wedged between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy experiences tidal flows reaching up to 53 feet, or the height of a five-story building. Twice each day, over 175 billion tons of seawater surges in and out—more than the flow of the world’s freshwater rivers combined. And, according to my colleague Henry Huntington who is Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic science director, the volume of water going into and out of the bay is so large that it alters the region’s gravity, making Nova Scotia and New Brunswick lean slightly towards the bay at high tide, and relax away at low tide.

The Bay of Fundy’s tides act this way because of its special features: a conical shape and a coincidence of timing called ‘tidal resonance,’ where the water in the bay, which naturally sloshes back and forth like a bathtub, moves in sync with the ocean tides creating a resonance.

The next morning we hiked back down to the bay to see what it looked like at low tide. You can see how wet everything is right up to the trees. That land gets covered with water twice day.

Another island left high and dry at low tide.

This is something we found growing all over. At high tide it is covered in water, and at low tide it is exposed to the air.

After witnessing the extent of the tides here, it made me wary of setting up camp too close to the water. We could get washed away while we sleep.

Next Location – Shackford Head State Park

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