Nova Scotia really is my ocean playground. You're never more then an hour from the ocean and there's something fun to do out on the water year round. With unique features like the Tidal Bore in Maitland to the amazing mountains in Cape Breton, five years in Nova Scotia and I am still finding new fun spots.
Sometimes the video does all the talking - this is one of those times. An amazing weekend at the point break of Lawrencetown Beach a few weeks back. A big group of surfers, kayakers, wind surfers, all hit the waves. Days like this are why I love Nova Scotia.
The Shubenacadie tidal bore is one of the many unique features in Nova Scotia, and one that you definitely don't want to miss. Starting in "Maitland Nova Scotia":http://www.maitlandns.com, it travels up the Shubenacadie river system about three hours after low tide at "Burncoat head":http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/eng/station?sid=270. The incoming water interacts with the various mud banks on the river bottom creating standing waves which can be in excess of 18ft high.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to stay indoors. The best surfing conditions in Nova Scotia happen at the end of winter and late fall during hurricane season. Combined air and water temperature below 0C, Dave and I headed out to the eastern shore to catch some double-overhead monsters that were rolling in Friday afternoon.
Hurricanes can be a destructive example of the power of Nature, they are also a surfers best friend. The strong sustained winds create waves 3 meters high (10ft) which is enough to make anybody with a board or boat excited.
My Queen of Awkwardness title was put to the test yet again a couple of weeks ago when I received an email from Donna at White Point Beach Resort inviting me to try surfing with a group of other "virgin surfers".
This coming Monday, August 1st, is Natal Day and this means it's going to be a long weekend for a lot of us. What better way to spend it then on the Tidal Bore! With a 14.5m tidal variance it's looking to be a bumpy and fun ride. Myself and at least four other kayakers will be there, will you?
Until I moved to Nova Scotia just two and a half years ago I had never even heard of a Tidal Bore. Caused by the large tidal change in the Bay of Fundy twice a day the lower 30km of the Shubenacadie river changes direction and flows upstream. This reversing flow can create standing waves of almost 5 meters. For the sane you can ride the waves in high-horse power zodiacs through the local tour operators. For the brave, and experienced you can paddle it in a sea kayak.
When people think of Nova Scotia surfing often isn't one of the first things that comes to mind. Surfing in Nova Scotia is a year round event for some hearty locals. Dead of winter, snow, freezing spray and -11C air, sure the waves look sweet! Not interested in freezing? Good news, spring is here.