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Minas Basin

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs

The Minas Basin (also referred to as the Fundy Shore) is a region in the northwest of Nova Scotia. It is known for having some of the highest tides in the world and its granite cliffs and outcrops attract rockhounds and fossil hunters. The most notable of these is the Joggins Fossil Centre, near Amherst, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Map of Minas Basin

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By car[edit]

The Trans-Canada Highway 104 follows the northeastern edge of region, connecting Amherst and Truro with New Brunswick, Halifax and the rest of Nova Scotia. Highway 104 between Amherst and Truro is known for car accidents in the winter.

By bus[edit]

Maritime Bus and Greyhound Canada stop in Amherst and Truro and provide bus connections to Moncton, Charlottetown, Cape Breton Island and Halifax.

By plane[edit]

There are no major airports in the region, but a couple are within an hours drive. One hour south is the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (YHZ IATA), at Halifax, and about 45 minutes north is Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM IATA).

Get around[edit]

The only way to really get around and see the region is to have your own set of wheels. Highway 2 connects Springhill and Parrsboro with Amherst and Truro, while Highway 209 will bring you to the shores of the Minas Basin. The Glooscap Trail is a scenic route around the Minas Basin and Cobequid Bay from Wolfville to Amherst.




  • Sutherland's Diner, 2808 Main St. Shubenacadie on the 102, +1 902-758-0114. Sandwiches, fish & chips, burgers at low prices.


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