Friday, August 2, 2013

Nova Scotia Day 1 & 2/Tidal Bore Rafting

It has been Debbie's dream since she was a teenager to visit Nova Scotia.We decided on this Adventures Caravan trip, not because of Quebec, Gaspe, or Prince Edward Island, all of which we loved, but because it included Nova Scotia. And now we are here

How fitting that as we enter Nova Scotia ("New Scotland" in Latin) and went to the Visitors Center, we heard a bagpipe. Debbie's uncle, who was Scotch, played the bagpipe and so  this alluring music has special meaning to her.

On our first evening in Nova Scotia the Hilden Fire Brigade prepared
a home-cooked meal for us and treated us to a tour of the equipment. What a treat.

An HDR version of inside one of the fire trucks.

Our campground was in Hilden, NS, a few miles south of Truro, NS, roughly in the center of Nova Scotia. Truro sits at the end of Cobequid Bay, which is part of the Bay of Fundy which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Nova Scotia is Canada'a second smallest provence behind Price Edward Island. The population is about 940,000. Unfortunately it is the poorest of Canada's provinces with a per capita income less than half of Alberta, its' richest. Truro is a small town of 12,000 people with lots of amenities, a terrific park, and a very nice downtown strolling district.

Rosie always get plenty of love. These two girls came up to Rosie and begged to pet her. 

In Victoria Park. What is that in your hand, Debbie?

Jacob's Ladder. They say there is a splendid view from the top.
I wouldn't know.

A walking trail in the park follows a stream and goes past several small falls and one substantial size one.

My but that water looked cold!

Truro has a very attractive downtown.

A tidal bore is a tide with a leading wave. The incoming tide meets some resistance and turbulence is created and a wave is formed. Not far from us some professional surfers rode a tidal bore wave for miles. The wave is similar to what happens when you turn on your faucet and the water hits the basin. The water flows outward in a wave. Try it.

The Shubenacadie River is tidal in its' lower 20 miles. It empties into the Colebquid Bay. A large tidal bore stirs up the bottom and muddies the waters. Several companies offer rafting trips timed with the incoming tide. Many in our group signed up for such a rafting trip. Debbie and I also signed up but after I got so seasick on my last deep sea fishing trip on Prince Edward Island I decided that there was not enough dramamine in the world to get me on that raft. I'm not saying I'll never go on a boat again, but it may take 30-40 years!

When the moon and the tides cooperate the Shebenacadie River can have the highest tides in the world.

The Shubenacadie River Runners ran the trip. Everyone was very pleased with their services.

On the Shubenacadie River. The brown color in the water is not a color problem with my camera. It is mud.

In person the river actually looks much muddier.

Footings for an old bridge.

Our group is in the four rafts to the right. The empty raft on the left is to pick up anyone who goes overboard.

No paddling needed in these rafts. 

The footing of an old bridge over the Shubenacadie

Our friends are getting off the rafting adventure just before sunset. Lots of smiles.

This formerly white shirt will forever have memories of the Shubenacadie River.

As promised, I will try to have one B&W photo on each blog. This is the Lighthouse at Rustico, PEI.

Next stop is Annapolis Royal one of the original settlements of Nova Scotia and its; former capitol.

Ciao, Frank

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