Photostory #166-R: Fundy's Friendly Tides

Imperial Oil Ltd. , unattributed
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
July 15, 1958
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
Fundy's fabulous tides -- believed to be the highest in the world -- have tried the skill and patience of sailors for centuries, but to Nova Scotia's fishermen who dwell near the Minudie marshlands at the head of the Bay of Fundy they are known as the "Friendly Tides" for twice a day when the tides roll in they bring with them a rich harvest of shad, a tasty fish of the herring class. The fishermen hang their nets on stakes at low tide, then return to their homes to wait for the tides (which in some parts of the Bay reach a height of 70 feet) to drive the shad ashore where they become trapped in the nets. When the tide goes out again the fishermen may take in as many as 1000 shad. This picturesque and unusual method of fishing requires only the simplest of gear: a net, a cart and a ladder.