In Moncton, Super Moon = Super Tidal Bore

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.

Crowds of people lining the riverbanks!

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.

2lbs of Mussels in White Wine and Garlic for 13$ … score!!!

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at

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