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This video might have a slight delay in starting and involves some reading, but the Reversing Falls definitely have a story to be told. After watching the video, please scroll down for further explanation of the three tides, and some photos.
ImportantBelow is a photo of a sign at Wolastaq Park - Showing Irving Pulp & Paper Mill, the bridge, and St. John River and the Reversing Falls. In the above video and in the below photos, the area with the paper mill is referred to as area #1 and the other side of the bridge is referred to as area #2.
photo explaining area 1 and are 2 of the reversing falls

Tides are the periodic rise and fall of the sea caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun on the Earth. Fundy’s tides are the highest in the world because of an unusual combination of factors: resonance and the shape of the bay.

The water in the Bay of Fundy has a natural resonance or rocking motion called seiche. You could compare this to the movement of water in a bathtub. Although the water in a bathtub sloshes from one end to the other and back again in a few seconds, it takes about 13 hours for the water in the bay to rock from the mouth of the bay to the head of the bay and back again. As the ocean tide rises and floods into the bay every 12 hours and 25 minutes, it reinforces the rocking motion.

To imagine this, picture an adult giving a gentle push to a child on a swing. Just a very small push is required to keep the swing moving. Likewise the seiche in the bay is sustained by the natural resonance of the ocean tides. The bay’s shape and bottom topography are secondary factors contributing to Fundy’s high tides. The bay becomes narrower and shallower 426 feet to 131 feet toward the upper bay, forcing the water higher up onto the shores.
Source: “Tides of Fundy” by the Fundy Guild at Fundy National Park.

There are three (3) tides - Low, Slack, and High Tides
Low tide at viewing area #1
- water flowing towards the bridge with whirlpools
Low tide
Low tide
Slack tide at viewing area #1 - water is calm
slack tide
Start of High tide at viewing area #1
- water flowing away from the bridge -
no whirlpools until full high tide
high tide
Low tide at viewing area # 2
- water flowing from under the bridge -
Low tide
Notice the waves by the rock at the base of bridge
low tide
Slack tide at viewing area #2 - water is calm
slack tide
Start of High tide at viewing area #2
- water flowing towards the bridge -
and the rock at the base of the bridge is almost covered
high tide
important sub-menu belowThe two RV Gypsies visited 10 areas of New Brunswick listed in the menu below. You may view them in any order you wish. The page you are on has been grayed out (not underlined) and cannot be chosen from here. There is also a link to PEI.
Campobello Island

Saint John, New Brunswick


bullet REVERSING FALLS - the phenomenon known as the reversing falls: outflowing rivers flowing back upstream as the tide comes in.
Wolastoq Park in Saint John

Village of Saint Martins
& Sea Caves

 The Fundy Trail
Cape Enrage
Ponderosa Pines Campground (before and during Tropical Storm Irene) and a resident groundhog
Scenic Mary's Point Loop
-Shipyard Heritage Park &
Anderson Hollow Lighthouse
Hopewell Rocks - the Bay of Fundy's Flowerpot Rocks
- sculpted by the highest tides in the world
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