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Reversing Rapids

Reversing Rapids Review

The strong Fundy tides rise higher than the water level of the river, so twice daily, at the Reversing Rapids, the tidewater pushes the river water back upstream. When the tide ebbs, the river once again pours over the rock ledges and the rapids appear to reverse themselves. To learn more about the phenomenon, watch the film shown at the Reversing Rapids Visitor Information Center. Jet-boat tours provide a wild ride as well as a closer (and wetter) look, or you can get an overhead view from a zip-line tour. A pulp mill on the bank is not so scenic, but multimillion-dollar upgrades to pollution controls have eliminated any unpleasant odors. It takes time to appreciate the Reversing Rapids fully; you need to visit at high, slack, and low tides. Check with any visitor information office for these times to help you plan.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 200 Bridge Rd., Saint John, NB E2K 1S7 | Map It
  • Phone: 506/658–2937
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily dawn–dusk; Visitor Center mid-May–mid-Oct., daily 9–6 (also mid- to end Oct. on days when a cruise ship is in port); jet-boat tours early June–early Oct., daily 10–5 (weather permitting)
  • Location: Saint John
Updated: 08-19-2013

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