Nova Scotia Fall 2007 travel blog

Our site at the Wide Open Wilderness (WOW) campground. Effie was our...

Effie drove us to the river. This is just before the water...

She even took our picture. Notice the river is filling.

Here it comes.

A few seconds later.

It doesn't take very long.

Amazing tides!

This is the standing wave caused by the tidal bore.

Riding the wave. There were 4 rafts out in the river.

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!

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