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The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick is home to some of the most dramatic tides in the world. Twice a day, at high tide, the bay spills back into the mouth of the river, creating a wave that goes for miles called a tidal bore. The tidal bore is a phenomenon that happens in only a few places on Earth, one being right here in Canada. Typically, people will travel to the tidal bore for white water rafting—that is unless you’re a surfer. You only get two chances a day to catch the wave but if you do you are in for a ride—a two hour one, to be exact. We’re talkin’ the longest surfable wave in North America, and right here in New Brunswick.
Don’t believe us? Check out this video below…
How to surf in NB
To even attempt to surf in New Brunswick, you’ll have to come prepared. Not only should you be an expert surfer and swimmer, as it is very dangerous, you also need a big longboard, a wetsuit (4/3 in the summer should be fine) and Sea-Doo support. Note: You will need to bring all your own gear as there are no surf shops in New Brunswick.
North American record holders
California’s JJ Wessels and Colin Whitbread rode the wave from Belliveau Village to the causeway in Moncton, NB for a total surf of 29km. The entire ride took two hours and holds the record for the longest surfed wave in the North America. Read the CBC article about it here.
Where to stay
There are only two tidal bore waves a day. That means you should stay up to a week to give yourself room for weather and multiple tries. Our favourite places to stay in Moncton are Delta Beausejour Hotel, V Hotel and Suites and Residence Inn Moncton.
Where to eat
While you are in Moncton, NB why not try some of our favourite restaurants. Go to Tide and Boar Gastropub for the polenta fries and Catch 22 Lobster Bar for the Cajun coconut shrimp. You won’t be disappointed!