The Tidal Bore in Moncton

Fascinated by urban natural wonders? If you’ve never experienced the Tidal Bore in Moncton, this is an absolute must! 

What is a tidal bore?

What is a tidal bore?

🌊 A tidal bore is a strong tide that pushes up a river, against the current. This forms a single giant wave that rolls up the river.

🌊 Moncton’s tidal bore is caused by the Bay of Fundy tides as they push more than 100 billion tons of water in and out of the bay, up the Petitcodiac River.

🌊 This incredible phenomenon occurs twice a day.

🌊 The tidal bore can reach heights ranging from 0.5 to 1 metre!

See the Moncton Tidal Bore in action in the video below! 👇

Tidal Bore Viewing Tips

Tidal Bore Viewing Tips

Make the most of your Tidal Bore experience with these tips:

🌊 Check out the Tidal Bore Arrival Times below to find out when the tidal bore occurs 👇

🌊 Best Tidal Bore Viewing Point: Bore Park, located at 10 Bendview Court in downtown Moncton, next to the Treitz Haus. Take a seat on the amphitheatre in front of the river and be amazed as you watch the tidal bore roll in.

✳️ IMPORTANT: Tidal Bore Arrival Times are estimations. The tidal bore can arrive up to twenty minutes before or after the estimated time. Arrive 15-20 minutes before the scheduled arrival to be sure not to miss it!

🏙️ Once you’ve witnessed this extraordinary phenomenon of nature, stay downtown for a bit and enjoy a stroll along Moncton’s Riverfront Trail, or grab a bite in one of many restaurants nearby.

Tidal Bore Arrival Times

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Tidal Bore in the winter

Tidal Bore in the winter

Did you know?

❄️ Moncton's tidal bore can be viewed year-round!

❄️ The Petitcodiac River doesn't freeze in the winter, so you can still admire the tidal bore under sunny winter skies.

❄️ Head down to the Bore Park amphitheatre this season and see this natural phenomenon in a new light!

Fascinating Fact

Once the tidal bore has passed, notice how quickly the river fills up with water in the timelapse video below 👇. Within two hours, the river goes from being practically empty to almost overflowing. Nature in action is truly awe-inspiring!

The Hopewell Rocks

The Rocks

🔹 The Hopewell Rocks are giant rock formations located on the shores of the upper edge of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick.

🔹 They have been carved by the Bay of Fundy tides over thousands of years. There are over twenty free-standing rocks along two kilometers of shoreline.

Connection to the Tidal Bore

🌊 The Hopewell Rocks are strongly connected the Petitcodiac River and the Tidal Bore in Moncton.

🌊 How? The water that has carved the Hopewell Rocks over thousands of years is the same water that forms the Bay of Fundy tides, which flow up the Petitcodiac River and cause the Tidal Bore twice a day.

Did you know?

🛶 You can kayak around the giant rock formations at high tide.

👣 Just a few hours later at low tide, you can walk on the ocean floor, in the exact same spot!

Hopewell Rocks Tide Times

🕒 View Hopewell Rock Tide Times here 👉 LINK

✳️ IMPORTANT: Hopewell Rocks tide times and Moncton Tidal Bore times are different from one another.

Hopewell Rocks at Low Tide
Hopewell Rocks at low tide. 📷: Tourism New Brunswick

Hopewell Rocks at High Tide
Hopewell Rocks at high tide. 📷: Tourism New Brunswick

Did you know?

The Bay of Fundy tides are the highest tides in the world! It’s no wonder the tidal bore is so unique and mesmerizing!