Tidal bore seen from Gunningsville Bridge

Petitcodiac River and Tidal Bore (seen from the Gunningsville Bridge)

The Petitcodiac River is one of only a few rivers in the world that feature a tidal bore. This natural phenomenon is caused by the tides of the Bay of Fundy, some of the highest in the world. A tidal bore is a wave formed by the rising tide, which goes against the normal flow of a river.

The tidal bore actually causes the flow of the Petitcodiac River to reverse direction twice daily as the tide comes up the funnel-shaped Bay of Fundy and overpowers the normal outgoing flow of the river.

This 360-degree interactive panoramic image of the Petitcodiac River and its tidal bore was created from pictures taken from the Gunningsville Bridge; it links the city of Moncton and the town of Riverview. The bridge was built as a replacement in 2005; one of the previous bridge's piers can still be seen downstream, in front of the incoming tidal bore.

Don't leave this page until you see the image in full-screen mode! Click on the static image above, then click on the fullscreen button in the interactive image.

For more information on the Petitcodiac River, visit the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper website.

This image is also displayed on the World Wide Panorama website.

Location: Moncton, NB, Canada
Approximate GPS location on Google Maps: 46 4 26.4 N 64 47 1.68 W.
Date: 2010/08/25
Details: 360 x 180 degrees, full spherical panorama