Day 56-58 Saint John, New Brunswick   Leave a comment

We hated to leave Hopewell Cape because we just love the Bay of Fundy. As we started our beautiful drive, we passed a covered bridge

We soon discovered our beautiful drive wouldn’t be so beautiful…..

They are repaving the road thru Fundy National Park. Once we got thru the park, we thought we were back in Alaska!

Then we hit a road block where it was obvious the police were looking for “somebody.” We were shocked they did come aboard and search our RV.

We finally arrived in the city of Saint John, The largest city in New Brunswick and our final destination for this trip. Once everyone arrived at the campground, we had a social where hot lips was passed on to our tailgunners, Linda and Steve, for all of their hard work.

At 5:30 p.m. we all hopped into our cars and drove over to see the reversing falls. The phenomenon of the Reversing Falls is caused by the tremendous rise and fall of the tides of the Bay of Fundy, which are the highest in the world. As the bay tides begin to rise, they slow the course of the river and finally stop the river’s flow completely. This short period of complete calm is called slack tide. It is only at this time that boats are able to navigate the Falls. Shortly after this slack tide the bay tides become higher than the river level and slowly, at first, the river begins to flow upstream. As the bay tides continue to rise, the reverse flow gradually increases and the rapids begin to form, reaching their peak at high tide. The effect of this reversal is felt upstream as far as Fredericton, more than 80 miles inland. At this point the tidal waters are actually 14 ½ feet higher than the river.

Below are photos at low tide

The following day, our bus drive/guide took us to see the reversing falls at high tide

LOOK HOW CALM IT IS!!!!! This is slack tide and the only time that boats can go in the area. Three hours later it looked like this:

Thousands of years ago, a waterfall existed here. As the sea level rose and the riverbed eroded, the waterfall was “drowned.” The phenomenon of the reversing rapids is only about 3,000 years old.

We were told that it’s normally foggy in Saint John 3 days a week. We were there for 3 days and it seemed to just be foggy in the evening!

We also stopped at the Farmer’s Market.

Farmer’s markets are always interesting in different parts of the country. We love this one!

The Carleton Martello Tower was built in 1815 and is one of Canada’s fourteen Martello Towers. The entrance is a little over 5 feet tall.

Our final night in Saint John’s was spent at a wonderful restaurant at the park where the campground is located.

We prepared the following morning for our final breakfast before parting ways back to the United States. Hot Lips showed up in tears.

Awwwwwwwwww

Our tailgunner awarded a judgement against a few of the guests.

And we won’t even mention the shoes……

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Posted August 18, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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