The diversity in the history that has played out along the shores of the Bay of Fundy is as dramatic as the tides themselves.

The region is marked by the Aboriginal, French, English, American Loyalist and Irish peoples that have populated it throughout the years. Each has maintained a strong presence in the area as evident in the local culture, name places, traditions and architecture.

The French Connection

Annapolis RoyalA small island off the Bay of Fundy became the first European settlement in North America in 1604.  Led by Sieur de Mons and accompanied by Samuel Champlain,  and 79 men attempted to settle St. Croix Island.  The first winter was tough on the explorers with ice flows cutting the new settlement off from the main land. Half of the men died of scurvy.  The following summer they moved across the Bay to Port Royal in the present day Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Some informative links:

Mi’kmaq: The Aboriginal Peoples of Fundy

Mi'kmaq Pow Wow
Mi'kmaq Pow Wow

The aboriginal people that lived in and around the Bay of Fundy spoke the common Algonquin language, and were of the Mi’kmaq, the Montagnais, the Algonquin, the Attikamek, the Nipissing, the Abenaki, the Ottawa and the Ojibway tribes.

Read more about these great peoples:

Loyalist Heritage

In 1783 the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution and approximately 40,000 Loyalists fled New England to establish a new life in Europe, England and other parts of British North America, including such Bay of Fundy neighbourhoods as Saint John and Weymouth. Read more about the Loyalists who settled on Fundy’s shores

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    Tony pereira



    My great Grandmother Emily Landry (born 1859) grew up on a large seaside farm on the Bay of Fundy. As I understand it, she was removed and relocated from the area and eventually found her way to Chicago. She never wanted to discuss what happened, her husband was presumed lost at sea because I guess he ended up on a different ship? Anyway, I’m wondering what event this could have been? I know the British relocated people in 1755 – 1763, but am not aware of what other events occurred…. Thank you in advance for any info. -Cynthia

    Jane Dyas

    My grandparents lived in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and my father was born there. My grandfather was a master ship builder, his name was Burton Dyas. I was told that the ship builders worked on the ships when the tide was out and the ships were resting on dry land ( I suppose that was their “dry dock”). Years ago, when I visited my aunt in Parrsboro, she showed me a daily work log which my grandfather had kept on his employees who worked on the ships. He utilized one of his horses to haul lumber and that horse was listed in the log as Horse Dyas and was paid an hourly wage, which of course went to my grandfather. I wish I could remember what that wage was but I have forgotten. Parrsboro is a quaint little town, I have cousins who still live there. I wish to return some day.

    Tracy Smith

    Am a truck driver, and have been traveling all around Ontario for many years. I then have moved into Qubec area north south and east area. Lately a bigger step down threw N.B. and into Nova Scotia. The city of Halifax has been a main dest for del and p/u but history of my home land of Canada has always interest me. On arriving home in my spare time checked out info on Woodstock N.B. the frist town made in N.B. I will be in full contact with this company for future knowledge. 1 question would be how long has it been known of blue white sharks located in and around Bay of Fundy


    how did the bay of fundy get its name?

      Mike Postma

      There’s some disagreement about that. Some believe the name comes from the French word for split (Fendu), others say that it originates from the Portugese word for funnel (Fondo).


    My great grandfather was drowned in the Bay of Fundy in 1900. His name was James Cole and he was a fireman. The ship, City of Monticello went down and he, with it.
    I understand now why the ship wasn’t able to handle the amazing sea in the Bay of Fundy. I had no idea, and I was born in Massachusetts!
    I would like to know more about the incident and will be seeking out more information about the Acadians, as I have many ancestors.
    Thank you for all the information about the area and people – I appreciate it.

      Mike Postma

      You’re very welcome and thank you for sharing your message with us. Have you stumbled across the following story yet? It’s about the sinking and it names all those aboard by name: http://www.losttothesea.com/stories.php

      Frank Taylor

      Your grandfather’s name appears in a book published in 2011 “The Ghost of Fundy & Fatalities of the Sea” ISBN 978-0-9867259-3-7 Published by the Historic Restoration Society, P.O. Box 503, 138 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada B0S 1A0

      I was the author of the book. Frank R. Taylor you may call 902-532-7754 or fax 902-532-0700 email [email protected]


      thats really sad and scary alittle


    when was the bay of fundy discovered and does any one know when fundy became a national park?

      Mike Postma

      Probably around 1604, when a small island off the Bay of Fundy became the first European settlement in North America (https://www.bayoffundy.com/about/history/). I believe Fundy National Park wasn’t established as a National Park until 1948.


    My grandfather helped discover fundy national park


    Loving this website.

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