Date: Sep 28, 2009
Saint John is the largest city in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. This city is located on the Bay of Fundy – a bay of the Atlantic Ocean which is famous for having the highest tides in the world. Because of its location, Saint John has a long legacy of seafaring and shipbuilding that can still be seen and enjoyed by visitors today.
Our day in Saint John turned out turned out to be rainy and foggy. The weather made us grumble and put on our warm jackets, but it also enhanced our visit to the historic center of the city. Somehow, the buildings looked more ancient and mysterious when shrouded in fog.
The Reversing Falls is a bit of a misleading name. The “falls” are actually rapids on the Saint John river, which, due to the tidal effects from the Bay of Fundy, reverse the direction of water flow several times a day. We got there just around the time of such reversal and were able to see the water slowly change direction of flow. Like all things related to the tides, it wasn’t a sudden or dramatic change. The river flow simply seemed to slow down, then stop for a brief moment, and then resumed in the other direction – a subtle but mesmerizing scene.