3138 Pereau Road, Canning, NS B0P 1H0, Canada
GPS: 45.263951, -64.342808
Established in the 1970s, Blomidon Provincial Park is located near the community of Kentville in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, its high red sandstone cliffs are home to the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. The tidal range, the height difference between high tide and low tide, can reach 16 metres. These extreme tides occur twice a day and are five times higher than those on the European Atlantic coast. They play an important biological role as a refuge for a large number of fauna and support the development of a diversity of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The coastal geology of Blomidon Provincial Park consists mainly of sedimentary and basaltic sandstones linked to the narrow North Mountain Range (200 million years old).
Blomidon Provincial Park covers a small area of 15 km², the majority of which is forest and wetland. It is home to many migratory birds that come to feed in the mudflats formed by the tidal phenomenon. This natural site is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), which aims to protect the nesting and breeding sites of shorebirds. Birdwatching and the impressive spectacle of the high tides in the Bay of Fundy (270 kilometres long, 80 kilometres wide) are the main attractions of Blomidon Provincial Park. Offshore, the fish-filled waters of Grand Manan Basin are one of the most prolific fishing reserve in the region. It is a breeding and feeding area for a dozen species of whales. These include the humpback whale (up to 18 metres long and 30 tonnes in weight) and the North Atlantic right whale. Endangered, this variety of cetacean was hunted extensively from the 16th to the 19th centuries for its oil before benefiting from protection measures and recovery programmes.
A network of four interconnected hiking trails, suitable for all levels of fitness, allow visitors to explore the beautiful scenery of Blomidon Provincial Park. They overlook the Minas Basin, famous for its red sand beaches nestled on a peninsula between Cape Split and Cape Blomidon.