Artist Jana Christy likes fun. Big Fun. She finds it on her annual trip to the Bay of Fundy. Every Fall Jana wraps up the family and heads there. She drew up this map of their favorite destination.
Illustrations, photographs and commentary by Jana Christy | edited by Jennifer Hoyden
The Bay of Fundy is a bay on the Atlantic coast of North America, located in the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine, right between the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Known for having one of the highest tidal ranges in the world (one billion tons of seawater flows in and out each day), the bay also boasts a number of beautiful islands. The highest concentration of people are found on the mainland though, in the New Brunswick city of St. John.
Jana and her family; rocks on the beach; a classic farmhouse.
Walking in the mud; Hopewell Rocks; a foggy morning ride in the kayak.
The Inside Scoop
We asked Jana what makes The Bay of Fundy pull her back every year. It is pretty clear that her family knows how to put the "fun" in FUNdy:
"My family and I visit The Bay of Fundy every fall. It's a massive body of water that straddles the border between New Brunswick, Canada and Maine. It has the largest tidal action in the world- with water rising as high as 50 feet at it's upper end. All this movement has created whirlpools and currents, and has carved out rocks that are a hoot to kayak around and which attract tons of whales and porpoises who feed on life from the churned up bottom. The landscape around the bay changes depending on which end you're on. On the western end it's jagged and rocky, on the eastern end, red beaches line the water. It's breathtakingly beautiful, has awesome seafood and, especially in the fall, is practically tourist-free."
"Some of our favorite attractions include Hopewell Rocks-- these are cool rock formations that were created by the insane tidal action. You can kayak around them during high tide! Kayaking in the early morning fog makes you feel like you're the only person in the world. Red mud. Enjoying a fish sandwich as big as your head at Comeaus. Staying in a house near the town of Alma - it's a historic location (a former sailmaking location and post office) - huge and beautiful. Bonfires on the beach on a cold September night. Collecting and arranging rocks on the beach."
A plate of poutine; a fish samich as-big-as-yer-head; the cabin from the water.
Boats in the bay; the beach after a storm; bonfire on the beach.
If you go, good stuff to know
about the artist
Jana Christy is an illustrator based in North Adams, Massachusetts. Living with her husband and 2 sons, Jana's imagination runs free in the Berkshire mountains, and winds up producing all kinds of cool projects, including books. One of her books, in fact, was turned into The World's Largest Children's Book. We told you she likes big fun!
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