A major tourist attraction in Moncton is a phenomenon referred to as the “Tidal Bore”. Now to put things in perspective … anything that attracts more than 100 people in Moncton is a tourist attraction. There’s a Canadian TV show called Corner Gas and it’s based in Central Canada … but if you substituted Moncton for Saskatoon, you wouldn’t notice a huge difference in the dialogue.
There is a scene about a pile of lumber being a tourist attraction in this episode at the 2:35 mark. It’s funny because if you asked someone about the Tidal Bore, they would give you the same description as the pile of lumber was described in the episode.
The Spring moon phase known as the super moon produces the highest tides of the year in the Bay of Fundy. As all that water pushes through the mouth of the Petitcodiac River, it produces a wall of water known as the “Super tidal bore”. Locally, it used to be know as the ‘Total Bore” because the wake of the water was merely a trickle, but a couple years ago they opened up some locks downstream, which allowed all of the water to start rushing down the river.
With the news of the Super Bore, there were a lot of people lining the river to take in the sight of the water rushing down. The best place to watch the Tidal Bore in Moncton, is on the boardwalk outside the Chateau Moncton hotel. I didn’t stay there, so I couldn’t tell you how nice the hotel was … but there is no restaurant there.
As for the rush of water … here’s my video and take on things, along some commentary from a very serious local who didn’t want me to laugh while the “bore” was rushing downstream.
After the bore, we headed to Pisces Restaurant for tons of mussels. I am definitely going to overdose on seafood, while I’m working in the Maritmes – just as I overdosed on Steak and everything beefy while I was in Calgary and Edmonton.