Bay of Fundy: 6 Fun Attractions

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re here. It’s week 46 in 2022 and I’m hosting Weekend Coffee Share linkup #96. Come on in for a coffee or tea, and let’s catch up.

I’m continuing the story of my adventures on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. I wrote my adventures in three posts. The first post on five Natural Wonders is here and the second post on five Historic Sites is here.

This post is the third and last installment. I enjoyed visiting lighthouses, covered bridges and public art on the Bay of Fundy. Here’s six fun attractions to explore for free.

1. Masstown Market

Masstown Market is located 10 minutes west of Truro, Nova Scotia. Aside from the market, the lighthouse and interpretive centre has four floors to explore, with a lovely view from the top.

2. Five Islands Lighthouse Park

The Five Islands Lighthouse Park is named after five small islands (east to west): Moose, Diamond, Long, Egg and Pinnacle. The Five Islands are collectively one of many geosites between Lower Truro and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park that form the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark.

The wooden, “pepperpot”-style lighthouse was built at Sand Point in the winter of 1913-1914. It had to be moved back from the shoreline at Sand Point several times due to coastal erosion. It was moved in November 2008 from Sand Point to its new location at the municipal Five Islands Lighthouse Park overlooking the islands.

3. Giant Lobster

The Giant Lobster in Shediac, New Brunswick is a concrete and reinforced steel statue sculpted by Canadian artist Winston Bronnum in 1990. The statue is 11 metres long and 5 metres tall, weighing 90 tonnes.

4. Sawmill Creek Bridge

Sawmill Creek bridge, built in 1905, is the last covered bridge on Highway 114 and one of the 58 covered bridges in New Brunswick. This covered bridge is 33 m (105 ft.) in length.

5. Maud Lewis Replica House

Maud Lewis (1903-1970) is known for her bold and colourful paintings that featured outdoor scenes and animals, inspired by the landscapes of southwest Nova Scotia and painted on everything from Christmas cards to pulp boards.

She has been the subject of Maudie, the 2016 film starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Maud was born in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia but she lived most of her life with her husband Everett Lewis in Digby County, Nova Scotia.

On the site of where her house stood is now a replica house built by Murray Ross. It is the same size as her original house. The original house has been moved and is on permanent display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

6. Murals

Here’s a gallery of murals with brief captions for your weekend. Click on the top left image to start and use the arrow to move through the gallery.

The last mural, The Tide Flows, was created by Michael Burt and Daniel Burt in 2018 to mark Wolfville’s 125th anniversary as a town. A line of poetry from John Frederic Herbin’s book Marshlands added a focus: “The tide flows seaward as the day expands.”

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I enjoyed my adventures in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Now that I’ve been home for a while, I’m already thinking about my next adventure.

What free fun attraction(s) have you recently visited?

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72 thoughts on “Bay of Fundy: 6 Fun Attractions

  1. Darlene November 18, 2022 / 8:06 am

    I would love to visit this area. The Maude Lewis house looks wonderful and I love lighthouses. I visited Prince Edward Island for the first time this September. Loved it!

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:09 pm

      Darlene, This area is beautiful and wonderful. It would likely inspire you to write Amanda’s adventures on the Bay of Fundy 🙂 I love PEI. We’re fortunate to have so much natural beauty in Canada, from coast to coast. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. leannelc November 18, 2022 / 8:41 am

    Hi Natalie – the murals are lovely – I really like seeing all the murals popping up around the world – so much prettier than graffiti. The giant lobster reminded me of Australia – every town here seems to have a giant something or other as its claim to fame – we even had a giant orange in one of our nearby towns – it was on the top of a tower you could climb with a lookout – very touristy!

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:13 pm

      Hi Leanne, I’m glad you liked the murals. There are some really beautiful murals out there. The giant orange sounds fun. Tourism brings revenue and recognition so many small towns have a giant something to attract visitors.

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  3. Maria November 18, 2022 / 8:41 am

    I have to agree with Darlene, I would also love to visit the area. The lighthouses are wonderful! Thank you for sharing Natalie. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:16 pm

      Maria, This area is beautiful. I would recommend it and return for another visit if I had the opportunity. There are many lighthouses along Canada’s East coast and they are wonderful to visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Alice DeForest November 18, 2022 / 8:41 am

    Thanks for the nice tour, looks like a fun place to put on my list of places to go.

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:17 pm

      Alice, Thank you for stopping by. The Bay of Fundy is a wonderful area to visit.

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  5. dinah November 18, 2022 / 9:23 am

    Your bridge picture makes me think of the movie… The Bridges of Madison County with Meryl Streep. Great movie if you haven’t seen it…
    Thanks for sharing all the pictures of your trip!
    Have a great weekend

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:18 pm

      Dinah, Yes, I’ve seen the Bridges of Madison County and enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Writing Sparkle November 18, 2022 / 10:36 am

    I went to PEI years ago and we visited a lighthouse. It was open inside for people to go to the top of it. It was a cool experience.

    Love the building murals.

    I included a couple public art pictures in my coffee share this week, Natalie.

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:21 pm

      Shari, It’s wonderful to visit lighthouses in PEI and Canada’s East Coast. They all have stories, distinct designs and rich history. Thank you for including public art pictures in your coffee share. I’ll stop by your blog this weekend.

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  7. Retirement Reflections November 18, 2022 / 11:08 am

    We have a Maud Lewis print (replica) in our home, which I truly love.
    I will check at the film Maudie. Thank you for the recommendation!

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:24 pm

      Hi Donna, The film Maudie won several awards. Sally Hawkins was fantastic in that film. I hope you watch and enjoy it.

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  8. Ally Bean November 18, 2022 / 11:34 am

    Your photos suggest an inviting place to visit. Will you go back there for your next adventure or do you have somewhere else in mind?

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 12:28 pm

      Ally, I try to explore new-to-me places even though I’d love to return to many places that I’ve visited, including the Bay of Fundy. It’s a privileged dilemma of so many places to visit and so little time.

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  9. Michelle November 18, 2022 / 1:40 pm

    What an intriguing area! The lighthouse structures are really interesting. I’ve never seen any built quite like these.

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 3:37 pm

      Michelle, Yes, the lighthouses in this area look like pepper pots. I’m glad you noticed them. I appreciate your visit.

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  10. Thistles and Kiwis November 18, 2022 / 1:54 pm

    Kia ora Natalie – I have so enjoyed these three posts -it has really opened up a new world of travel possibilities. The giant lobster though….! You always manage to capture street art so well.

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 3:41 pm

      Kia ora Barbara, I’m so glad you enjoyed these three posts. There are lots to see and enjoy on the Bay of Fundy and on Canada’s East Coast. The giant lobster is something else, isn’t it? It’s a fun diversion.

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  11. Lydia C. Lee November 18, 2022 / 4:37 pm

    That mural with the clock (watch) is striking. It’s really beautiful.

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 6:05 pm

      Yes, I think the artist did an amazing job there. I’m glad you like it.

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  12. Jennifer Jones November 18, 2022 / 5:05 pm

    These murals are amazing Natalie. I love the Giant Lobster too. This has been a really great series. Looking forward to your travels to come

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer. I hope to travel more in the new year.

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  13. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 November 18, 2022 / 6:21 pm

    Another lovely area Natalie and I am partial to lighthouses. The grey skies add to the mystery of lighthouses for me. Thanks for sharing. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 6:51 pm

      Hi Sue, The grey skies certainly add to the mystery of lighthouses. I was lucky that it didn’t rain when I was visiting these outdoor places. Thank you for joining me. Have a great weekend!

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    • Natalie November 18, 2022 / 6:56 pm

      Teresa, Thank you for your PPAC contribution. The gardens look beautiful and you met several photo challenges in one post. Well done!

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  14. Marsha November 19, 2022 / 1:10 am

    Hi Natalie, Your murals this week are fabulous, as are the buildings and other sites you saw on your trip. I love the Maud Lewis replica house. That second row of murals was particularly stunning. Here is a link from last week from Woolly Muses for PPAC. https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2022/11/17/ppac22-wk-71-1114-burj-al-arab/

    I finally have internet again, so I’m able to post easier now. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll have some time tomorrow to write my PPAC post to link to Coffee Share tomorrow. We list our condo tomorrow so it’s still a busy time. Thanks again for hosting PPAC. 🙂

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    • Natalie November 19, 2022 / 9:18 am

      Thank you, Marsha. I’m glad you liked my post and public art pictures. I visited Woolly’s blog and left him a comment. Good luck with your condo sale. I hope you’ve settled in your new home. Having internet service is always useful. Look forward to your post.

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      • Marsha November 19, 2022 / 6:20 pm

        Thanks, Natalie. I only have an hour before we go to a dinner party, and have some things to finish up, so I’ll try to post tomorrow. This has been a hectic week, so thanks again for hosting PPAC.

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        • Natalie November 19, 2022 / 7:04 pm

          You’re welcome, Marsha. Have a great time at the dinner party!

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          • Marsha November 20, 2022 / 1:28 am

            Thanks, we just got home, and it was a blast. We each had to share one lie and two truths about ourselves. That was lots of fun. 🙂

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    • Natalie November 19, 2022 / 9:20 am

      Thank you, Sofia, for your comment and PPAC contribution. I look forward to seeing more of your photos.

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  15. trentpmcd November 19, 2022 / 7:35 am

    That’s one big lobster… I think when they ask me the size of the lobster I want at dinner, I’ll put off saying 90 tons. I enjoyed the photos There is something about lighthouses. Hope you are enjoying the weekend 🙂

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    • Natalie November 19, 2022 / 9:24 am

      Trent, Thank you for making me LOL. Per Wikipedia, the “World’s Largest Lobster” title went to the Big Lobster statue in Kingston, South Australia, until 2015 when Qianjiang, Hubei, China built a 100-tonne lobster/crayfish 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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      • trentpmcd November 19, 2022 / 3:57 pm

        I think I’ll stick a about a pound and a quart to a pound and a half (a bit over .5 kilos), thank you, I don’t need a 100 ton lobster. That is huge.

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  16. Amila Wickramarachchi November 19, 2022 / 9:38 am

    Hi Natalie,
    It seems that you have visited many beautiful attractions. I visit free attractions whenever I have an opportunity. These days my attractions range from new markets to parks that are around my neighbourhood, but I enjoy time exploring new places. 🙂
    I really like the murals shared and the one with the lighthouse is my favourite. The giant lobster is interesting.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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    • Natalie November 19, 2022 / 10:45 am

      Amila, Local explorations are just as good as exploring further afield. I’m glad you liked the murals that I shared. I appreciate your visit.

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  17. Janet Alcorn November 20, 2022 / 10:58 am

    Sounds like a fascinating place! Thanks, as always, for sharing such lovely pictures and interesting information with us. As for me, I haven’t been anywhere more interesting than my kitchen lately, but I have a friend coming to visit after Thanksgiving, and we plan to do lots of exploring.

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    • Natalie November 20, 2022 / 11:12 am

      Janet, Kitchen is where interesting arts and science happen 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and fun-filled time with your friend.

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  18. csuhpat1 November 20, 2022 / 12:31 pm

    What an amazing area. So very nice. That lobster is just so cool. Very nice.

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    • Natalie November 20, 2022 / 1:07 pm

      Patrick, Thank you for joining the conversation. I appreciate your visit.

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  19. Gary A Wilson November 20, 2022 / 4:50 pm

    great stuff Natalie. I can never resist a lighthouse.

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    • Natalie November 20, 2022 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Gary. Lighthouses usually have interesting history.

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    • Natalie November 20, 2022 / 5:29 pm

      and there are steps that lead to the fisherman statue for a picture with him and his lobster catch 🙂

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  20. Bernie November 21, 2022 / 11:58 pm

    I would love to see some covered bridges and a huge fan of lighthouses. So this post hits those points but I also love that little house. I am sure it was a tough life but it’s just so darn cute!

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    • Natalie November 22, 2022 / 9:12 am

      If you love covered bridges and lighthouses, Atlantic Canada is the place to visit. Maude’s replica house was built by Murray Ross, her former neighbour. I had the link to his interview by the CBC in my post. I also met Murray in real life when I visited the replica house. The film Maudie is very good, too.

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      • Bernie November 22, 2022 / 2:20 pm

        Yes we definitely want to return to Atlantic Canada. So much to see and do.

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  21. Bernie November 21, 2022 / 11:59 pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention that those murals are down right amazing.

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    • Natalie November 22, 2022 / 9:13 am

      Thank you, Bernie. I think the artists did an amazing job on those murals.

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  22. Kirstin November 24, 2022 / 12:58 am

    Wow…I love all of those. That lobster is so cool. So are the lighthouses and murals. We visited several covered bridges on our vacation.

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    • Natalie November 24, 2022 / 8:20 am

      Kirstin, How wonderful that you visited several covered bridges on your vacation. I love their rural charm and history. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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