The Rise and Fall of Fundy

Thursday, May 27, 2010 Road Junkies 0 Comments

Saint John, NB

With a population of almost 70,000 Saint John (not St. John, so it won't be confused with St. John's in Newfoundland) is the largest city in New Brunswick and the oldest incorporated city in Canada, dating back to 1604.
Situated on the coast of the Bay of Fundy, the city is split in half by the Saint John River, which flows into the bay...most of the time.  Twice each day, the strong tides from the bay reverse the river flow for several miles.
A series of underwater ledges combine with the action of the tide to create rapids.  When the big push is on, vortexes form as the river and bay engage in their struggle.  Ultimately the bay always wins, but only until the tide goes back out, leaving the river at peace once again.

The Bay of Fundy is known for its high tidal range.  In some places along the bay, the difference between high tide and low tide can be as much as 56 feet in depth. 
At low tide, massive fields of seaweed become visible and one can walk on the floor of the bay.  Just be sure you're safely back on shore before the tide rises again.

An image for those who may think the U.S. has too much influence on Canadian culture.  This is obviously a Canadian company.  See the maple leaf?


Daily Stats:
Miles driven:  35
Letterboxes:  2 (of 13 total in all of New Brunswick)
Tons of seawater flowing in and out of Bay of Fundy in one tide cycle:  100 billion