Saturday, August 11, 2012

Reversing Falls

In the 20 years that JD has lived in Saint John, she had never taken the time to witness the phenomenon that occurs at the Reversing Falls, but it was something I was interested in seeing.

Here’s the deal – there really aren’t any “falls” in the sense that we typically think of them. But what does occur there is entirely unique. When the tide is low the St. John River empties into the Bay of Fundy. At high tide the Bay in effect empties back into the river, completely reversing the flow of water in the narrow gorge.  (you can read the more technical description here)

There are several places for viewing the falls, one of which left me feeling a little dizzy.

High Tide
water flow from bay (right) into river (left)

Low Tide
water flow from river (left) into bay (right)

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