Bay of Fundy – Experience the extraordinary tidal bore phenomenon, when incoming tides overpower the flow of outflowing estuaries and rivers.
Twice daily, during high tide, a huge amount of seawater surges out of the Bay of Fundy straight into the estuaries and rivers which feed the bay. The tapered riverbanks force the soaring tidal water in a amazing surge and often a noticeable standing wave, occasionally 1 meter (3 ft) tall! When the roaring and swirling tidal water charges upstream at speeds around 15 kilometers per hour (10 miles per hour) it creates rapids in its wake which can be approximately 3 to 3.5 meters (10-12 ft) high.
Many estuaries and rivers flowing directly into the northern parts of the Bay of Fundy flanked by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick experience tidal bores. A lot of them are situated over on the Nova Scotia half of the Bay of Fundy. Nevertheless, you would probably have a tough time locating the best spots without the assistance of one or two local residents. A few unique spots around the Bay of Fundy to look at a tidal bore include:
– The Petitcodiac River. Previously the greatest tidal bore in all of Canada And America exceeded 2 metres (6.6 feet); but, causeway development as well as substantial silting decreased it to nothing more than a small swell, until the causeway gates ended up being opened up on April 14, 2010 as a component of the Petitcodiac River Restoration project and as a direct result the Bay of Fundy tidal bore started to develop just as before.
– The bore is quickest and largest in a few of the smaller sized rivers which hook up to the Bay of Fundy such as the River Hebert and Maccan River on Cumberland Basin (approximately 10 mins out of Amherst), the St. Croix, Herbert and Kennetcook Rivers inside the Minas Basin, and also the Salmon River in Truro.
Visitors usually like to visit the sites with some interpretation panels like the ones found along the Maccan River and the Shubenacadie River near the South Maitland Tidal Bore look-off. You’ll want to remember that the bore time does not necessarily match with the high tide times listed on a tide chart. It all depends on exactly where along the river you are watching, so it’s best to check with some of the local outfitters beforehand.
As interesting as it is to watch the tidal bore from the shore, it’s even more fun to go white water rafting in it. This experience is unique to the Bay of Fundy because the Shubenacadie River, located in Nova Scotia, is the only place in the world where you can go tidal bore rafting.
During the summer season, professional guides bring people on a one-of-a-kind, upriver white water rafting trip. These excursions generally include an exceptionally exciting mud sliding session. Tidal bore rafting may be the ideal way to feel the Bay of Fundy tides directly!