The Shubenacadie river is just one of several rivers that drain into Cobequid Bay at the eastern end of the Minas Basin, the eastern finger of the Bay of Fundy. The Minas Basin produces the largest of Fundy's tides with a range reaching sixteen metres. The result is that all the rivers that drain into the basin experience tidal bores on the largest spring tides.
Of these rivers, the Shubenacadie experiences the largest bore. At its mouth, the river is composed of winding channels through large estuarine mudbanks. The bore travels about twenty kilometres in land before dissipating.
The best way to observe this bore is up close in a boat navigated by the experienced Shubenacadie River Runners. Based in Maitland at the mouth of the river, they take tours out daily to experience the wildlife, and the tidal bore when it is racing.
LOCATION: 45º15'N, 063º25'W
MAXIMUM HEIGHT: 1.2 m
AVERAGE SPEED: 14 km h-1
BEST TIME OF YEAR: All year, especially equinoxes
FEAR FACTOR: **
NOTABLE INTERNET SITES
Shubenacadie River Runners
A comprehensive site full of information, photos and tide times for the Shubenacadie. Also the best way to actually see the tidal bore up close and personal.