Every now and again an opportunity comes along that you just can’t pass up. I was offered the sweet gig of hosting three travel writers on a five-day adventure along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy. The itinerary involved Mi’kmaq legends, dinosaurs and fossils, sea kayaking, a coalmine tour, a visit to a maple sugar camp, tidal bore river rafting, great food and accommodations and even rug hooking!
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The dawn of a new year is the time when we all make and break resolutions to go to the gym or get more sleep. But for those of us at NovaScotiaBlogs.com, it's a time to make travel resolutions to explore Nova Scotia. The only hard thing about these resolutions is deciding which ones should be on our list for the year. It's never too late to make your own travel resolutions, so if you're in need of a few, here are some of ours for 2014 - along with suggestions on how you can make them happen.
A vivid image of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau sprung to mind as I confirmed our next family outing. I must have seen Cousteau's picture in an old National Geographic magazine growing up and recall how rugged and cool he looked aboard his Zodiac boat. We were about to experience our own Cousteau-worthy Zodiac adventure and could hardly wait!
Nova Scotia really is my ocean playground. You're never more then an hour from the ocean, and there's something fun to do out on the water year round. With unique features like the Tidal Bore in Maitland to the amazing mountains in Cape Breton, five years in Nova Scotia and I am still finding new fun spots.
When I saw the tidal bore come rushing towards us I knew we were in for a fantastic ride. I knew in that instant I was finally experiencing the true power of the Bay of Fundy. I grew up in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia and spent many afternoons watching the Bay and playing on the ocean rocks. The Bay of Fundy is well known for having the highest tides in the world, and this was reinforced throughout my childhood as I watched the Bay rise and fall many feet in only a few short hours from the steps of my grandmother's cottage.
The Shubenacadie tidal bore is one of the many unique features in Nova Scotia, and one that you definitely don't want to miss. Starting in Maitland Nova Scotia, it travels up the Shubenacadie river system about three hours after low tide at Burncoat Head. The incoming water interacts with the various mud banks on the river bottom creating standing waves which can be in excess of 18ft high. The turbulent water stirs up the mud and sand giving the river a delicious chocolate look.
This coming Monday, August 1st, is Natal Day and this means it's going to be a long weekend for a lot of us. What better way to spend it then on the Tidal Bore! With a 14.5m tidal variance it's looking to be a bumpy and fun ride. Myself and at least four other kayakers will be there, will you?
Until I moved to Nova Scotia just two and a half years ago I had never even heard of a Tidal Bore. Caused by the large tidal change in the Bay of Fundy twice a day the lower 30km of the Shubenacadie river changes direction and flows upstream. This reversing flow can create standing waves of almost 5 meters. For the sane you can ride the waves in high-horse power zodiacs through the local tour operators. For the brave, and experienced you can paddle it in a sea kayak.