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Tidal Bore Rafting: The best way to experience the Bay of Fundy

by on Jul.31, 2011, under Uncategorized

The Bay of Fundy has the extraordinary tidal bore phenomenon, which is where the incoming tide overpower the current of outflowing estuaries and rivers. Two times a day, around high tide, an enormous amount of seawater surges out of the Bay of Fundy directly into the estuaries and rivers which feed the bay. The narrowing riverbanks force the soaring tidal water in a incredible surge and often also a noticeable standing wave, at times 1 meter (3 ft) high! While the roaring and swirling seawater charges upstream at speeds in the region of 15 kilometers per hour (10 miles per hour) it produces rapids in its wake which can be in the range of 3 to 3.5 meters (10-12 ft) high.

The majority of estuaries and rivers flowing directly into the northern parts of the Bay of Fundy in between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick get tidal bores. Many of them can be found over on the Nova Scotia half of the Bay of Fundy. However, you might have difficulty discovering all of them without the assistance of a few local people. A few unique locations to check out a tidal bore include:

– The Petitcodiac River. In the past the biggest tidal bore in all of Canada And America exceeded 2 metres (6.6 feet); unfortunately, causeway development and also widespread silting lessened it to nothing but a small swell, until the causeway gates got opened up on April 14, 2010 as a component of the Petitcodiac River Restoration project and as a direct result the tidal bore begun to increase just as before.
– The bore is swiftest and strongest in a number of the tinier rivers which flow into the Bay of Fundy such as the River Hebert and Maccan River on Cumberland Basin (roughly 10 mins out of Amherst), the St. Croix, Herbert and Kennetcook Rivers inside the Minas Basin, as well as the Salmon River in Truro.

Tourists generally prefer to go to the places that feature interpretation panels such as the kinds located around the Maccan River as well as the Shubenacadie River close to the South Maitland Tidal Bore look-off. You’ll want to keep in mind that the bore time doesn’t always match up with the high tide periods shown on a tide graph or chart. All of it is dependent upon the place down the river you’re located, therefore it is better to talk with a few of the local outfitters in advance.

As intriguing as it is to see the tidal bore from the riverbanks, it really is a lot more exciting to try white water river rafting in it. This specific adventure is exclusive to the Bay of Fundy given that the Shubenacadie River, found in Nova Scotia, is considered the sole spot on earth where you can enjoy tidal bore rafting.

In the summer months, experienced guides take visitors on a one-of-a-kind, upriver rafting adventure. These adventures often also include an extremely fun mud sliding session. Tidal bore rafting might just be the best way to experience the Bay of Fundy tides first hand!

The Bay of Fundy tidal bore isn’t the only reason to visit us this summer. Check out our extensive list of 52 reasons to visit the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia at http://bayoffundy.com/52

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