Ice climbing in The Bay of Fundy’s

Ice climbing in The Bay of Fundy’s
March 4, 2018 Nathalie Drotar

Have you every had a desire to climb ice while your ass hangs out over The Bay of Fundy’s huge tides? I have a desire to climb ice in different parts of Canada so we took our gear along.

Lesley and I headed to Halifax to help our daughter move into a nice two story house over looking Bedford Harbour close to Halifax. About half way through our stay Lesley and I headed north west to where most of the Ice Climbs are located.

Using the Ice Climbing guide book by Roger Fage we were able to find several climbs despite the fact we feel the guide book needs some directional work !  We stayed in New Minas and went to Margaretsville, The Black Hole Area then on to Halls Habour east and the last day into Falls Lake near Windsor.

Being the coldest time of the year late January /early February we found the ice was not ready for climbing. Unformed pillars and ones not touching down. Most of the climbs in The Bay of Fundy had the bottom 2 meters missing due to the high tide. You must pay attention to the tide tables so you do not get caught.

Regardless we had a nice time traveling around and hiking into these climbs in snow free conditions. Most of the climbs are forming off of high cliffs down into the Atlantic ocean. A fascinating place to be. Please give it a go some year, you won’t be disappointed, just watch the timing of the tides.

Chuck Young



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