With the highest tides in the world, visiting Bay of Fundy ports is always interesting. Keep your eyes out for whales; it's quite common to spot humpback, minke and fin whales. Whale watchers have even spotted a North Atlantic right whale and an orca in the Bay of Fundy. After visiting Digby, famous for the fishing fleet that harvests scallops (and the restaurants that serve them), Picton Castle will participate with a fleet of tall ships in a sail-past at Annapolis Royal. Port Royal, as Annapolis Royal was previously named, was one of the earliest European settlements established in North America.
Crossing the Bay of Fundy, Picton Castle's next port is Saint John, the second biggest city in the Maritime provinces with a history as a center of shipbuilding. At the confluence of the Kennebecasis River and the Saint John River, which empty into the Bay of Fundy, the city has an active waterfront for commercial vessels of all kinds.
The final passage brings Picton Castle back to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where the ship spends time in between voyages. Take the sail across the Bay of Fundy and up the Nova Scotia coast at a leisurely pace, enjoying the views.
Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
Digby overlooks the picturesque Annapolis Basin, a sheltered and mostly shallow water body, part of the Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia and new Brunswick. Fishing and tourism are the town's main economic drivers. Digby has been an active fishing community for years and is famous for delicious scallops harvested from local waters. With a waterfront location on the shores of the Annapolis Basin, you can view the incredible tides, as much as 30 feet, in the harbor. Digby offers great whale watching, lovely parks, hiking trails, and a championship golf course.
St. John,New Brunswick, Canada
Saint John is the economic engine room of the province, a gritty port city with a dynamism that's missing from the demure capital. The setting is impressive – a ring of rocky bluffs, sheer cliffs, coves and peninsulas surrounding a deep natural harbor where the mighty Saint John and Kennebecasis Rivers empty into the Bay of Fundy. It can take a bit of imagination to appreciate this natural beauty, obscured as it is by the smokestacks of a pulp mill, oil refinery and garden-variety urban blight. But those who push their way through all this to the historic core are rewarded with beautifully preserved redbrick and sandstone 19th-century architecture and glimpses of the sea down steep, narrow side streets. Hundreds of years of history are alive in Saint John, as the oldest incorporated city in Canada.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax. Here, you can experience a traditional way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities.
Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated because of the grid pattern of the streets and the distinct architecture of the wooden buildings. It's also a hive of maritime knowledge and skills, home port of the Canadian icon schooner Bluenose II, and is becoming a major arts and culture destination.