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This where the tidal bore will advance around the corner as the...

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Here's the explanation

Here comes the Tidal Bore!

Destination # 23: Shediac/Moncton, New Brunswick

Mileage: 175 k (from St John)

Arrive: Saturday, August 6, 2011

Depart: Monday, August 9, 2011

• Saturday, August 6

 Our destination today is the resort town of Shediac, NB, situated near Moncton and right on the shores of the Northumberland Strait. We are looking for some beach time and the weather looks like it might just cooperate. It is a beautiful, sunny and very warm day, just right for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

 We are booked into the Parlee Beach Provincial Park Campground. We settle in and head right for the beach. What a sight! Miles of beach covered in beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and people, hundreds and hundreds of people, both on the beach and in the water. The water is warm and wonderful and the whole experience is exactly what we are looking for.

• Sunday, August 7

 A bit of a day off, I think. Some grocery and souvenir shopping to start then it’s off to the beach again.

 Our day at the beach starts out great, but the weather decides to take a turn for the worse later in the afternoon with the clouds and the rain rolling in with a vengeance and lasting all night.

 We feast on lobster again tonight, from the local fish shop.

• Monday, August 8

 Today is our day for Moncton. Aside from getting to know Moncton a little bit in a general sense, we have a couple of tourist “must see” destinations in mind: Magnetic Hill and the Tidal Bore.

 Magnetic Hill is, apparently, the third most popular natural tourist attraction after Niagara Falls and the Canadian Rockies. After experiencing it, we can believe it. Although from an intellectual perspective, we understand that it is an optical illusion, it is impossible not to think that the car is actually coasting uphill in neutral because that is what your eyes and brain are telling you. So very glad we got to experience it!

 Towards the end of the afternoon, we position ourselves at Bore Park in the middle of Moncton, to watch the evening version of the Tidal Bore. This is a phenomenon whereby a single wave, sometimes as high as 60 cm, caused by the Bay of Fundy tidal surge, rides into and fills the Petitcodiac River, which runs through Moncton, with 7.5 metres of water. We share this experience with a few other hearty souls brave enough to endure the relentless rain to stick around and watch. This tidal event occurs twice daily and is well worth the wait to see it.

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