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The Bay of Fundy: Wonder of Nature?


Shelley Steeves, reporting
October 14, 2011 — The Bay of Fundy has been named a finalist in the new 7 wonders of nature competition.


There are 53 foot tides at the Bay of Fundy
There are 53 foot tides at the Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy in the Maritimes could soon be on the world stage.The site has been chosen as Canada's only finalist in the new 7 wonders of nature competition.

“I think one of the most extraordinary things about the Bay of Fundy from a world wide perspective is definitely our tides,” says Terri McCulloch of Bay of Fundy Tourism. “We sort of take it for granted that we have 53 foot tides here. But the rest of the world's tides range from 3 to five feet.”

The tides here are as higher than a 5 story building. 100 billion tons of sea water moves in and out of the bay every day, and that's why this site is also prime feeding grounds for some of the world's most endangered seas life.

“One of the other really neat aspects of the tide is that it churns up all kinds of nutrients at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy so we have habitat for 12 species of whales here in the Bay of Fundy, including the endangered wright whale,” says McCulloch.

Part of the reason visitors say there is something magical about this place.

“People have been coming here for centuries now and there is a lot of emotional attachment,” says Noel Hamann, Manager of Hopewell Ricks Property. “We've seen people here on the deck break down and cry at the first sight and it's not an exaggeration. We get to see it through visitor's eyes every day.”

100 billion tons of sea water moves in and out of the bay every day
100 billion tons of sea water moves in and out of the bay every day

Even though, on the world stage, the competition is stiff.

“We are in great company,” explains Hamann. “You know, the dead sea the black forest and the grand canyon in the United States.”

But Hamann says the Bay of Fundy has the goods to rival them all.

“For instance, the water from one tidal cycle would fill the grand canyon. We are hoping that people get out and vote for the Bay of Fundy!”

You can cast your vote for the Bay of Fundy to become one of the new 7 wonders of nature by logging onto www.votemyfundy.com.

The last day to vote is November 11th.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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