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Old 04-09-2013   #1
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Nova Scotia currents

We are planning to cruise up the East side of Nova Scotia this coming summer and can't find any information regarding tidal currents. The Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Tide and Current Tables lists only 2 locations for current velocities, both on the Western side of Nova Scotia. Does anyone know of a source for additional tidal current information for Nova Scotia, or have any personal knowledge of tidal currents on the East side? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Nova Scotia currents

May want to check w/ Roger Long. He hangs out on the SBO site.
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Re: Nova Scotia currents

We have gone up the east coast of NS from Chester to Bras d'Or Lakes and never noticed any significant currents to worry about except at the northern end of Bras d'Or where the current is very significant indeed, but current info is readily available at Baddeck.
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Nova Scotia currents

I live in Halifax area - don't sail outside of the harbor much (yet), but I don't believe tidal currents are an issue.
To my understanding tidal currents are caused by large amounts of tidal water moving thru small spaces (narrow channels, shallow areas or between islands).
Eastern NS is open to the ocean - so the tide has lots of area to move through and as a result does not develop any significant speed. That changes as you get into Halifax Harbor or Bras d'Or lake where the tide is moving thru narrower passages.
You will likely encounter some tidal currents around islands or larger bays (St Margaret's bay) - but since everything is mostly open I doubt currents are too significant.

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Re: Nova Scotia currents

Re Nova Scotia coast currents. Atlantic and Northumberland Strait shores are pretty tame but if you sail the Bay of Fundy shore get the sailing directions and tide tables. (Available from canadian hydrographic service)
There are some strong currents along that coast. ( I have seen over 9 knots - look just like river rapids sometimes.)
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