Cape Blomidon lies along the southeast shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of Minas Basin, the site of some of the world's highest tides. A provincial park high on the cape's red sandstone headland is the home of the legendary GLOOSCAP, powerful man-god leader of the Mi'kmaq, who, as the story goes, scattered agate and amethyst over this region. These semiprecious stones are avidly sought by modern rock hounds. Extending west from the cape is a fingerlike promontory called Cape Split, which divides Minas Channel on the north from Scots Bay and helps to create intense tidal rip currents near the tip. Strong tidal streams are also responsible for the continual erosion of the Blomidon headlands. The name is likely a contraction of the nautical phrase "blow me down."