"One of the main Eastern shore towns" Parrsboro by 850prc

Parrsboro Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 38 photos

Rocks and Tides yes, but also a very friendly town

The charming and friendly town of Parrsboro is the main incorporation along Nova Scotia's Eastern shore. Relative to the larger cities in the area, Parrsboro is some 100 km west of Truro and perhaps 70 km south of Amherst, Nova Scotia.

There are two main draws for visitors to the town of Parrsboro, rock and tides. (Sounds like a grunge band from Seattle or something, doesn't it?)

Addressing the tides issue first, Parrsboro sits abeam the Bay of Fundy, world famous for its huge and forceful ocean tides. Parrsboro is one of THE best places in Nova Scotia to experience the rare natural power of a 15 meter tide swing between low and high.

And as for rocks, the huge variation in tides coupled with the sandstone and geological history of the Eastern shore leads to a huge cornucopia of minerals, rocks and fossils easily found in the area. In fact, the region's FUNDY GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is worth a visit. (see separate tip) I'm told that Parrsboro hosts an annual Gem and Mineral Show in late August. However, with us reaching the town in September, we didn't partake.

We did, however, learn that Parrsboro was going to be hosting the (a??) International Cat Show on the following day. (We were there on a Friday, the catfest was to commence on Saturday) We took a family vote and decide that seeing a bunch of cats wasn't worth driving back to Parrsboro on the following day, but... if cats are your thing, enjoy. (see separate and silly 'off the beaten trail' tip on the cat show)

But beyond all the ocean tides, fossils, rocks and even high-class cats, Parrsboro is just a friendly and accomodating little place. It's a place that you can imagine as a hometown - very comfortable. Folks on the street smile and say hello, and you'll find local businesses run by locals. They welcome visitors, but it's far from being any kind of tourist mecca. You'll enjoy your time in Parrsboro, we certainly did.

Roll Tide

The thing about the tides is that it does take time. Remember, the variation between high and low tide is about six hours, meaning that there are two high and two low tides per day. So, to feel the full impact, you'd best be there for low or high tide and then be back at the same place some 6 hours later.

But even if you can't stay that long, or your timing is off (low tide at 2 am, for example, would be a bear to behold), you'll get a feel for the strength of the current and the tides just by watching the waters for half an hour or so. It's particular amazing when you reach a midway point, and the tides switch direction. In a period of 15-20 minutes, you'll definitely notice that the waters and tiny little currents begin their rush in an opposite direction.

They've done this twice a day for a few billion years, give or take a million. Practice makes perfect.

PS, yes, the title of this page is homage to the fine University of Alabama football team. My wife and I are both from Alabama. And while I am most definitely a Florida State Seminole fan, my wife and her family LOVE the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, So even in Canada and at the Bay of Fundy, "ROLL TIDE" has special meaning. :)

The School of Rock(s)

No, I'm not reviewing the Jack Black movie here - although I did enjoy it. :)

The FUNDY GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM in Parrsboro is an interesting stop for amateur geologists, science fans and prehistory buffs. (please see my separate tip) The museum is especially good to offer hands-on opportunities to investigate and learn.

The accompany photo shows my little professor (Sara) getting a closer look at variations in sedimentary rock.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unique natural phenomena and a very friendly populace.
  • Cons:Maybe a little bit out of the way. (but worth a drive, in my opinion)
  • In a nutshell:A welcoming place to spend a day being awed by the Fundy Tides.
  • Last visit to Parrsboro: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 15, 2009
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 5:00 AM

    think I'll stay away from the low tides..just in case. Friends have enjoyed the music festivals of Nova Scotia...everyone seems to enjoy.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    A fun day in Fundy!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Interesting and detailed tips, well done. I, too, could go walkabout there.


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