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Bay of Fundy, Reversing Falls and the St John river

Anyone needing help with these destinations, feel free to post or send a PM.

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Ok... I'm confused.... when did the Bay of Fundy et al get moved to Great Britain and Ireland??? I missed that on the CBC National.....

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ok faster, I'm confused about your confusion!
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Just poking some fun... they posted for Nova Scotia/New Brunswick in the "Destinations: Great Britain and Ireland" forum page.

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Anyone needing help with these destinations, feel free to post or send a PM.

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Rik,

That's a nice offer -- it's an interesting but potentially tricky area to visit.

Maybe you could write-up some general cruising recommendations/guidance (hints, tips, references, etc), and we could make it a "sticky" in the appropriate forum? [Speaking of which, I hope you don't mind if I shift this thread over. ]


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Just poking some fun... they posted for Nova Scotia/New Brunswick in the "Destinations: Great Britain and Ireland" forum page.
Ahh...I found it in the 'new posts' and didn't notice the subheading.
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John wrote:
-- it's an interesting but potentially tricky area to visit.
John - I think it is all relative.

This past May - June, Linda and I brought our new to us Irwin Citation 34 from Annapolis MD to Fredericton, NB. We had been advised and warned and cautioned:
  • C & D Canal - big currents
  • Delaware Bay - long distance and no place to anchor or hide
  • Coast of New Jersey - big water, no place to hide, lots of traffic
  • New York with Hell Gate - lots of current and crazy traffic
  • Long Island Sound - big water and un-friendly
  • Cape Cod Canal - lots of current - big boats with huge wakes
  • the water from the Cape Cod Canal to Gloucester - big water - too open
  • We were pretty much resigned that when we finally got the the Penobscot Bay we felt like we were almost home - the rest would be a walk in the park.

None of the canals were any problem, in fact they both gave us much appreciated extra speed in the right direction. The Coast of NJ - we had a good friend on board with us and we left Cape May at 0930 and got into Sandy Hook at 0230 - no worries at all. And about Hell Gate - what current?? - I was so paranoid I timed it too well - it was flat flat calm - I kept looking for a problem. I could have timed it better and gotten a push. We could have spent more time looking at the Statue of Liberty!
Unfriendly - not one place was unfriendly!

So - it is all relative.

The Maritimes:
  • Big water with nowhere to hide - not true - there are literally hundreds of places to go if the stretch you are on gets too much for you. We have great weather forecasting.
  • Big tides - yes - the farther into the Bay of Fundy you get the larger the tides are - but, there are almost always a floating dock to tie up to or to take a mooring - not a problem.
  • Currents - just the same as anywhere else - read the tides and currents tables and follow what it says
  • the dreaded Reversing Falls - if you read the tables - look on the web it will be just like my experience at Hell Gate - you'll say - "That was neat - what current?"

The reward - wonderful places to visit, up the St John (no "s') river there are 300 miles of navigable water, lakes and rivers and lots of places to explore, clean water - great for swimming too.

Lots of history and heritage. Fredericton's University of New Brunswick is in its third century of operation.

Cruising Guides:

Taft - The MAINE COAST Guides
Tracey - Amazon.com: A Cruising Guide to the Bay of Fundy and the St. John River (9780070653030): Nicholas Tracy: Books
and others have done a fine job.

Take a look at Points East, the New England Cruising Magazine and look at their Point East Flotillas - each summer a good number of them explore some place on the east coast and often you can join a flotilla coming into Canada.

Clearing Customs - we always clear into the USA at Eastport ME - they are the friendliest we have ever dealt with. For us, coming home - we tie up to a dock in Head Harbour and call 1 866, CAN PASS.

If any of you have specific questions - ask away.

If you want to "arm-chair" cruise it - go play with Active Captain - super information there.

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Rik,

That is great info. Very nice of you to take the time to write it up.

Folks, if you're heading to the Canadian Maritimes, particularly up Fundy, it sounds like we have a resident tour guide!


P.S. Sorry we missed you when you were down in the Annapolis area -- would have been nice to connect. Maybe we'll see you when you come down to pick up the 4th boat.


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Rik,

We are headed your way in late August. We've done Nova Scotia up the east side into Bras D'or. When we crossed Fundy it was between Westport and Grand Manan.

This will be the first time we headed up further into the Bay of Fundy. Have the cruising guides you mentioned, have the paper and electronic charts, any and all local knowledge forwarded is greatly appreciated! We really have enjoyed sailing up there and looking forward to this trip.
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Rik,

We are headed your way in late August. We've done Nova Scotia up the east side into Bras D'or. When we crossed Fundy it was between Westport and Grand Manan.

This will be the first time we headed up further into the Bay of Fundy. Have the cruising guides you mentioned, have the paper and electronic charts, any and all local knowledge forwarded is greatly appreciated! We really have enjoyed sailing up there and looking forward to this trip.
What are you sailing ? We live on the St John River system.
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