River Rafting the Tidal Bore in Nova Scotia
Whitewater Tidal Bore River Rafting in Nova Scotia
Whitewater Tidal Bore Rafting Tours on the Shubenacadie River - Nova Scotia's largest River.

The River...

Tidal Bore Rafting Tours

The Shubenacadie River is Nova Scotia's largest river. It meanders for about 72 km from its source at Shubenacadie Grand Lake to its mouth at the village of Maitland on the Bay of Fundy. The tidal portion of the Shubenacadie River includes its last 30 km, which experiences a tidal bore twice a day. A tidal bore is a rare phenomenon around the World, but it is common in the Bay of Fundy.
The Shubenacadie River experiences a tidal range of over 30'
The Shubenacadie River experiences a tidal range of over 30'

Tides entering the "V"-shaped Bay of Fundy gradually get squeezed into an ever narrowing, shallowing channel, called the Cobequid Bay, until it reaches the mouth of the Shubenacadie River. There the water literally piles up, creating the rare phenomenon of a Tidal Bore.

The Tidal Bore represents the lead wave of the incoming tide as it enters the river. Here the flow of the river seems to reverse as the incoming tide literally flows over the river's outgoing water. Tidal bores are experienced in very few places in the World and those along the Bay of Fundy are the most impressive.
Ocean tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon on Earth's oceans, so the size or height of the tidal bore is in direct relation to the phase of the Moon. When the Moon is closer to Earth it exerts a greater gravitational pull on the water, thus creating larger tides and bigger bores. Bore heights range from as little as 1' to 10' or more. High tides, and therefore tidal bores, occur approximately every 12 and a half hours.

The Shubenacadie River flows through a diverse environment of sandbars, mudflats, forests, farms, and marshes. Some areas of the river are bordered by towering cliffs several hundred feet high, while others are bordered by old Acadian dykes. Besides riding the tidal bore and tidal rapids, Mud Sliding is another popular and fun activity along the river. One of the best mud sliding areas is where our rafting tours start. A less messy, but equally enjoyable sport, is bird watching. Bald Eagles are a common site along the river, as the Shubenacadie is home to one of the highest concentrations of nesting Bald Eagles in the world.

Further information about this area of Nova Scotia can be found at the Fundy Tidal Interpretive Center near where our tours start. There is also a river viewing look-off associated with this Center where the magnitude of the tides can be appreciated.


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Rafting Nova Scotia

Tidal Bore Rafting
Rafting on the Shubenacadie River
Tidal Bore Rafting in Nova Scotia
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