Monday, June 6, 2011

Oh, Canada!

 A short ride this morning from Calais, Maine  brought us to the Canadian border at St. Stephens, New Brunswick.

We headed to the city of Saint John and the reversing falls, where we stayed over night.

                          On the outgoing tide, the river has a nice rapids here.

 When the incoming Atlantic Ocean tidewater enters the Bay of Fundy, the water is squeezed as it moves up the funnel-shaped bay, forcing it high up the shore and making a very high wave.  The highest tides in the world (48.6ft.),  have been recorded here.

   One hundred tons of water, an amount estimated to be nearly equal to the 24-hour flow of all the rivers in the world, swirl their way up the shores of the Bay of Fundy twice a day.

The tides charge the mouth of the St. John river so violently that the rapids reverse direction and force the river to flow upstream.   Therefore, at low tide the rapids flow toward the sea, but  at high tide they flow inland, away from the sea.

 The shoreline further on is changing and dramatic, with sharp, high bluffs and caves to be found.

                          This cute, little girl was checking out the beach.

We stopped for a road-side lunch and had a great meal.

                       Bratwurst, sauerkraut and hot sauce--

--And a lobster roll for the queen.

                                            Our diets will start tomorrow.


Mark said...

I've always wanted to try a lobster roll/sandwich. :-)

Anonymous said...

So glad you made it to St Martins! Recognized the pics immediately. We did the Fundy area with Joe and Linda Morris last August. Love following your journey!