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Vacation at the site of the World’s Highest Recorded Tides

Shangri-La Cottages is located at Burntcoat Head and is Nova Scotia’s only accommodation at the site of the highest recorded tides.  From the comfort of your cottage, you can watch the ebb and flow of the tides in the Bay of Fundy.

At Burntcoat Head, we hold the record of a 53.5 foot tidal change from low to high…that’s taller than a 5-story building!  The tides in the Bay of Fundy are semi-diurnal, so there are two high tides and two low tides every day.  Approximately every 6 hours and 13 minutes, you can witness this dramatic change.

Enjoy the high tide phenomenon or take a walk on the ocean floor at low tide – its all at the doorstep of your cottage.  It will fill you with a sense of peace that you won’t soon forget!

For tidal predictions during your visit CLICK HERE


The Guinness Book of World Records (1975) declared that Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia has the highest tides in the world:

“The Natural World, Greatest Tides: The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy…. Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, has the greatest mean spring range with 14.5 metres (47.5 feet) and an extreme range of 16.3 metres (53.5 feet).”

High Tide vs. Low Tide

High and Low tide comparison by Wild Lupin Media

 Fundy Facts

»  On the night of October 4-5 1869, a tropical cyclone named the Saxby Gale hit the Minas Basin.  The combination of a spring tide, high winds, and abnormally low atmospheric pressure created the highest water level ever recorded in the Bay of Fundy system.  It reached 21.6 meters or 70.9 feet!

»   The tides in the Bay of Fundy are semidiurnal.  Semidiurnal tides have two highs and two lows each day.  The height that the water rises and falls to each day are approximately equal and there are about six hours and thirteen minutes between each high and low tide.

»  In 2011, the Bay of Fundy was a finalist in the search for the New Seven Wonders of the World; and in 2014, it was named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America.

 Click Here to view a Time Lapse Video of the Tides