Where We Are, Bay of FundyThe Whale Camp at The Fundy Marine Science Institute
Located between Maine and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world and it’s a marine scientist’s dream location. You will observe the power of the tides in action. You’ll observe the impact of gravitational forces of the sun and moon that drive the tides and the explosion of life in the Bay of Fundy! You’ll see the tidal surges that force the ocean’s nutrients to the surface where they help produce healthy blooms of plankton. You’ll use oceanography equipment to test water samples to understand the life-producing chemical properties in the sea. From our research vessel, you’ll haul the plankton net out of the sea to closely study living plankton, the smallest plants, and animals of the food chain. These plankton blooms are the basis of an amazingly concentrated food-web of marine and bird life. From the plankton to the whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and puffins, you’ll be face-to-face with the Bay’s amazing marine life. It’s a fantastic chain of life that unfolds daily before your eyes and clarifies how life in the Bay and on our planet works. You’ll experience how nature works through fun, hands-on marine science explorations. You will come away empowered with a clear understanding of ocean ecology, marine biology, and marine science. Hands-on discoveries abound in the famous Bay of Fundy and help you find answers to some of the most amazing mysteries of life.
Grand Manan Island
Tour the pristine fishing villages and their colorfully painted lobster boats, hike the rocky coastal trails to discover unusual geologic features and explore the lighthouse stations where you can also observe whales right from the shoreline. Here, vast heaths of wildflowers explode each summer. Visit the salmon aquaculture sites, the historic sardine processing houses, and the hidden waterfalls.
Welcome to our comfortable home at the end of Seal Cove beach, where first-rate dormitories have the feel of home and help foster community. The fourteen-acre waterfront property is complete with inviting open fields and dramatic ocean vistas. The inviting dining hall exudes warmth and offers wholesome food choices prepared by our Newfoundland cooks. Everyone loves Sandra’s cooking, from homemade bread and cookies to traditional Thanksgiving-style dinners. Vegetarian options are readily available, and even picky eaters find healthy options. We can accommodate food allergies.