Monday, September 17
We left Spencer's Island on Monday, drove to Truro through some construction and much rural farmland, and found a supermarket! From there we decided to try to see the tidal bore, and ended up just in time at at lovely private campground on the Shubenacadie River. The campground owner said that the bore would arrive in ten minutes, so she had us get into her 4-wheel drive truck and drove us down a very muddy and bumpy road to the viewing point above the river. This phenomena only happens in a few places in the world. Apparently, the tide is so powerful here that it sort of piles up as it goes up this narrowing river. It was not a huge wave or anything, but there was an initial wave with a white crest pushing it's way over the dry river bed until it was covered and standing waves appeared behind it. This is so turbulent that rafters ride the following waves. We could hear them hollering. In about 10-15 minutes, the bore had passed upriver and the river was full of water!