I WAS fortunate enough to experience this during my cross-Canada roadtrip last summer, but I didn’t have the foresight to bring a GoPro to get footage. I did, however, find these great clips and got permission from YouTubers Chasing Adventure and CentralNovaScotia to put this little video together. The waves created by the incoming tides when I did this were around 10 feet high; it was intense and a lot of fun!
The longer explanation of how the rapids are created is: when the tide in the Bay of Fundy is rising it pushes sea water up the Shubenacadie River. This layer (which can be up to 6 feet thick) rides on top of the river water that is flowing out into the ocean. When all of this meets up at sandbars it creates a churning mess of water and a recreational activity for adventure seekers. There are a number of rafting outfitters along the river in and near Maitland, Nova Scotia. I did my trip with Shubenacadie River Runners, who are located closest to the mouth of the river where the tide comes in.