Hilden, Nova Scotia Tidal Bore

July 23, 2017, 152.7 miles
Scotia Pine Campground, Hilden, Nova Scotia


Spending four days in one place was so nice not having to pack up every other day and leave felt good. The campground we were in was so busy and full. They had so much for the kids to do, nice big pool, camp counselor who helped with arts and crafts, large park with all the swings and slides. Fri and Sat nights was movie nights, there was a large outdoor screen set up, kids and parents sat with their chairs in the grass watching the movie. There were kids riding bikes up and down all the roads. One of the biggest attractions was the big jumbo blob where the kids could jump to their hearts content. I would walk LaciLou at night around 10:00pm and people were still out walking around, having campfires, and just enjoying the camping life.


We have noticed that the campgrounds here in Canada are not like the states. The campgrounds in Canada it seems  are of the bare minimum, most have no swimming pools or club houses nor are there many amenities. Where there is abundance of activities and pools or club houses in the states. Of course, here in Canada they only have 9 weeks of tourist season with which to make their money then they are closed for winter.


The trip to Hilden was only 152.7 miles, we needed to go back over the Confederation Bridge, which on the way over was blocked for construction. We all decided to leave a little early just in case there was another line to get across. There was not a toll as we entered into PEI but to enter back into New Brunswick, there was a toll, which turned out to be $70.50!!! Yikes. We would actually cross another bridge with a small toll of $8.00.


After crossing the first bridge we stopped at Cape Jourimains Nature Visitor Center. Louise and I walked our dogs out on the boardwalk to view the 8 mile bridge from below and took a few pictures.


Hilden, Nova Scotia, is a rural community located in Colchester County. The population is approximately 1,200. The Hilden Volunteer Fire Brigade’s building serves as the community center for weddings and receptions. The Hilden Volunteer Fire Brigade had prepared a dinner for us on the night we arrived, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and bbq pork chops. We could also spend time checking out the fire trucks but after our late night the day before and driving the guys were tired and wanted to get back for some down time. We also received a certificate, “Order of the Good Time”. This is a tradition that began in 1606 in Nova Scotia. The Order of Good Time” was established to “keep our table joyous and well provided”. The Order was started to keep up the spirit and good cheer of the men and women who created a new home in the uncharted wildness and laid the foundation of a mighty nation. Each day one member of the group assumed responsibility of the menu, such as moose-meat pie, beaver tail, fresh salmon, roast caribou or breast of goose. Today, the order still exists, it collects no initiation fee, no dues and has no formal meetings. The only requirement is a member must have visited Nova Scotia for 3 days.


Everyone had received an email from Will and Cyndi,  before we met up for this trip, wanting to know if anyone was interested in a rafting trip in the Bay of Fundy. Well, I think the response was almost a unanimous, yes!! Guy was not to sure because we knew the weather could be cold as well as the water. But how many times will we ever be able to do this again. So we signed up!!!

The river with the tide out


Today was the day for our raft trip…we were told to bring clothes that were old and we didn’t care about them as the water is very silty with red mud which would not come out of the clothes. So that morning early after a wonderful pancake breakfast put on by Will, Cyndy, Pat and Holly we headed to the Good Will store for clothes we could throw away.

tide out and our rafts waiting for us to board

If you have not heard of the tidal bore..here is a description…tidal bore is a phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave or waves of water that travel up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bays current. In the Bay of Fundy the tide can be 10 to 15’ high. The tide height is determined by the moon, full moon higher tide.

looking upriver, low water and pretty muddy

The Bay of Fundy is one of the 7 wonders of North America with the highest tides on earth, the rarest whales in the world, semi precious minerals and dinosaur fossils. The Bay of Fundy funnels into the Minas Basin and then into Cobequid Bay which is where we rode the tidal bore. A tidal bore is formed when the incoming tide is funneled into a narrow opening into the river and the incoming tide meets up with the receding tide. In order to form a tidal wave there is a 20’ or more difference with the high and low tides. The river is shallow with numerous sandbars as the tide comes in you can see the wall of water heading your way and covering the sandbars as the water washes over the sandbars and hits the cliffs on the sides of the river which forms the waves. Some waves can get as high as 10 – 15’.

the tide has come in, the water has risen


looking up river with the tide in

Once arriving we signed our waiver, made sure our bill was paid, got our life jackets on and headed down to the rafts. The walk was down a hill that was slippery and extremely deep mud, seriously muddy that when you walked your shoes would get stuck and come off and get left behind, you almost could not find them. We had six in our raft, with Amy as our skipper. There were four rafts that headed up stream to where the bore would start. When we landed we walked out on a sand bar, which went on for miles. We could hear in the background some boats heading down our way which signaled that the tide was coming in, we had a small meeting on what to expect and climbed back in our rafts.

finding the right size life jackets

We could actually see the water rising and heading towards us, where we had just walked was starting to go under water, then we could see some of the rafts start to get lower than us as they were in front of the wave.

slipping and sliding in the mud…trying so hard not to fall


As the wave came in the rapids increased and got bigger, we would head into the rapids and of course would get totally soaked. Our skipper would turn the raft around as the rapids decreased and would wait for the next wave to arrive, and we would do it over again. We would either go over the waves or thru them, which allowed the waves to wash over us with ugly red water. Needless to say we had a great time and laughed till our faces hurt.

loading up

When the tide was over, they headed the boats to the sides of the cliffs where there was pure mud, some of us climbed out of the rafts, slipped and slide up the muddy cliffs and slide down on our bottoms or stomachs landing in the water, then doing it all over again. We did not have cameras or phones to take pictures but you can just imagine how muddy we all were…we all then realized why we were throwing away our clothes, which made it more fun getting muddy. Let me ask…how many people aged 65 – 80 who would put away your inhibitions, laugh like little kids,  getting muddy, sliding down the mud hill? One statement from Paul, “I felt like I was once again a 5 year old”.

one muddy group

We are head off to Annapolis Royal, NS tomorrow for another exciting adventure! If you want to hear more about our trip come on back. Y’all have a blessed week!!

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