tidal bore RAFTING

White water rafting is another reason to visit the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway. At the upper end of the river as you near Maitland, tidal bore rapids provide a unique challenge for the adventurous. With safe and exciting up-river rafting the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway is fun for the whole family. Twice each day the greatest tides in the world course up and down the Shubenacadie River. When the moon is at its peak, the tides are especially strong and a wall of water flows against the out-going current, creating a Tidal Bore and many standing waves. These can take your breath away as you splash your way up the river. When the tide is completely in, the high water can be more than 30 feet higher than the low tide level.

The rafting companies follow the tide cycles closely. They know if the incoming water will be ‘Strong’, Medium’, or ‘Mild’. Ask for the best times that suit your travel schedule. Roughly speaking, summer will see the fastest water in the third week of May, the second week of June, the first weeks of July and August and then, the last week of September.

The tour operators provide other activities such as mud sliding along the banks of the Shubenacadie River.

The following tour operators offer highly professional rafting tours: