Neil and Lois 50th Anniversary Trip travel blog

Another covered bridge at Saint John


Left early yesterday morning in the jeep and went to Saint John. We used the GPS to get us to reversing falls but it took us to Bridge Street instead of Bridge Avenue. Only about 1.5 miles away but since it was right in the city of Saint John, it took instructions from several different local residents to finally get us to the reversing falls. The reversing falls is really not a falls, it is where the river meets the bay that leads to the ocean. Tides fill the river to the very high levels during high tides and then when the low tide goes out, the river drains to an extreme low. This change of tides causes what they refer to as Reversing Falls at the point where river meets the bay. As the tide is coming in, you can view the active flow of the water going into the river from the bay. After high tide has been reached, there is about a 20 minute period (called slack time) that the water flow goes calm in the river and then the water flow reverses taking the water back to sea. This water reversal gets fairly dramatic as small whirlpools and swift eddies are formed. This activity causes a feeding frenzy for birds and seals as they gather just at the right time to have their daily "buffet". We took some pictures here but it was hard to photograph the reversal activity. From the falls, we drove into mid-town and parked. Saint John is an old city and fairly large. We walked the town, taking in the New Brunswick Museum, the City Market, the city wharf, Kings Square and the Loyalist Cemetery where many of the early immigrants were buried. We ate lunch at a seaside restaurant and then returned to the campground fairly late, making one side trip to see another covered bridge. Today, we plan to drive to Fundy National Park and onto Hopewell Cape to see the Hopewell Rocks (Flower Pots caused by the tides). We were told yesterday at the visitors center, that there are portions of the New Brunswick coast that have received over 40 foot tide changes. This is very extreme as the tide generally only rises and drops 4-5 feet on the Atlantic coast in the U.S.

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