July 16, 2019. Including today, there are only ten more days until Shad Mount Allison 2019 is over. And just like all days at Shad, this one was amazing. But it was extra special. We all got up this morning, ate breakfast at Jenning's dining hall, then met for fiducial (like attendance for us Shads) at 8:30, as usual. We were told we would be having a lecture in our residence lounge, so we all met there. Erin, one of our program directors, and David, a faculty member, started the day with a slideshow. It was sort of suspicious and was all about tides. This got all of us thinking, wondering why they were talking about tides. It turns out we were heading to the Bay of Fundy for the day! This was majorly exciting, and all the Shads couldn't wait! So, we all piled on to the bus and headed off.
In the morning, we arrived at Hopewell Rocks and got to see the rock formations from a viewing platform at high tide. The view was beautiful, and the rock formations were impressive. We all had lunch together at the park, spread out on the grass, eating and chatting away. All of this was short-lived though, as we were then herded onto the bus again to head to a new, mystery location, as per Shad Mount Allison protocol.
Our next destination? Fundy National Park. There we got to draw and take pictures with a pinhole camera with the guidance of Parks Canada staff and local artists, and hike a beautiful trail through the woods and along the cliffs of the bay. It was really fun, and the scenery was fantastic, as one could expect at a national park.
We spent all afternoon hiking and thought we were finishing our field trip with pizza at the park, which was a delicious way to end a great day. But, turns out, we were off. Our staff told us we were going back to Mount Allison University, but instead, they brought us back to Hopewell Rocks. We got to see the Bay of Fundy at low tide, which was a 12-meter difference! Walking along the seafloor that was wholly submerged just a few hours ago was incredible. Us Shads had fun walking in the mud and taking photos together. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay for too long, and we had to return to Mount Allison.
All in all, today was yet another amazing day at Shad Mount Allison 2019. The natural wonders we saw today were just incredible, and it was an experience we don't think anyone will forget.