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Phone: 902-369-2012


East Hants-How high are your tides? About 53 feet on a good day, and have been recorded higher, which is why East Hants and Burncoat Head have the claim, world’s highest tides.


On August 19, 2012 from 10am till 2pm, everyone is invited to Burncoat Head Park for the second Annual Howe High Are Your Tides Event.


This event is hosted by the Department of Recreation and Culture and Burncoat Head Park, and partnered by East Hants Running Group, the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Walkabout program, Walton Area Development Association, Noel and District Fire Department and Cobequid Creative Kids Zone Association (CCKZA).


With a successful start last year, and a bit more experience, the organizers have come up with a few new ideas. This year the run is a 5km loop on the ocean floor and the East Hants Running Group will lead off.  It will have a registration fee of $5 and the money raised will go to Canadian Tire Jump Start Program for kids. At registration the runners will receive a numbered stick which they will present as they cross the finish line. Registration for the run begins at 10 am and the mass start will be held at 11:00 am. The top three winners will have their name engraved on a plaque that will be put on permanent display.

Those who prefer to simply walk on the ocean floor and play in the mud or tide pools are invited to take part in the Family Fun Run. There are plans underway to have people on the beach to answer questions about the tidal zone. There is no charge for this part of the day, and participants will receive participation ribbons.


If you are worried about getting dirty, that will be covered by the Noel Fire Department who will be on hand to hose down those who get extra dirty, but plan on wearing old clothes and shoes just in case.

There will be several fun activities for families and children. A treasure, scavenger hunt with the lighthouse staff and CCKZA will once again be doing ‘Tide Dyed’ Shirts for a nominal fee. They will also and hosting a tug of war on the beach where you can challenge family or friends to see who is the strongest, and who can keep their footing on the beach. There will be a fundraising barbeque or families can bring a picnic if they choose.


Last year one parent commented on it being an inexpensive way to spend the day with the kids that was so close to home and was looking forward to the event another year.


The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Walkabout Program will be on hand to rent out pedometers, and provide information on the benefits of walking.


There will be draws for various door prizes and a grand prize of a family fun package. As well the winners of Story and Photo Contests initiated by the Burncoat Head Park Association will be revealed as well.


As many may be aware, The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s only entrant in the 7 Natural Wonders Contest. So to promote and show off East Hants’ title to the highest recorded tides, a huge human 7 will be formed on the beach with an approximate start time of 12:30pm and should be done by 1:30pm. Ava Benedict the female youth ambassador for Nova Scotia in the 7 Wonders contest also hails from East Hants and will lead the pack. There will also be an opportunity to text vote for the Bay on that day. This will be a historic event so hopefully many show up to take part. For those who require more information on the contest or to vote, visit votemyfundy.com, or text vote FUNDY to 77077. (25cents per vote)

For those who thought Howe was a misspelling it is not. Joseph Howe, a well known Nova Scotian politician, journalist and father of the free press was very proud of Nova Scotia having the title of world’s highest tides. In his travels around the world he could always best his bragging friends by asking “How high do your tides rise?”


Burncoat Head Park is located at 611 Burntcoat Road, a loop off Hwy 215 in Noel. For more information contact the Dept. of Recreation and Culture at 758-2715 or email recreation@easthants.ca. For those on Face Book, the Rec. and Culture post details on their page, as does Burncoat Head.






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joseph howe

"Brag of your country. When I'm abroad I brag of everything that Nova Scotia is, has, or can produce; and when they beat me at everything else, I say

"How high do your tides rise?"

Joseph Howe (1804-1873)

Politician for Hants County.