July 1, 2018 marked the 151st Canada Day celebrations, traditionally celebrated in my circles with beaches, BBQs, and bonfires. This year we went a little crazy and joined up with the Fundy Paddlers to canoe and kayak through the Reversing Falls at slack tide.
Uncorked Guide Monique is an avid paddler in the summer and skiier in the winter. If you have the chance to take one of her tours, you'll be amazed at how knowledgeable and active she is. She is the most outdoorsy of our guides, and loves to share stories and photos of her adventures.
We met at the Power Boat Club at 4:30pm for a safety briefing, then put the boats in the water. I've kayaked on the river before, always with the plan to stay away from the rapids! Slack tide was quickly approaching, so we had just 20 minutes to paddle into position at the start of the run, the top of the rapids.
The Reversing Falls Rapids may just look like a river, not knowing which way to flow, but just below the surface is another story. We can't see it now, but there is close to a 200ft dropoff at the Reversing Falls Bridge. This "waterfall" was created 12,000 years ago when a retreating glacier dropped a morraine near the Irving Nature Park (now called Manawagonish Rd) that blocked the flow of the river. This forced the river to cut a new channel which created a 200ft waterfall as the meltwater from the retreating glacier poured out to sea. Over time, sea level rose, and the waterfall was covered. Today, the rapids we see are caused by the tide and river rushing over the edge of that ancient 200ft cliff.
As slack tide approached the water became still and calm. Our leader blew his whistle and shouted "It's time!" With only 20 minutes we started to paddle. Slow at first, but we managed to find a rhythm. We travelled quite quickly in front of the mill, the brewery, and under the bridge. We narrowly avoided a collision with Split Rock while attempting a photo shoot with Cracked Canoe, our beer pairing for the trip.
In the end, we all made it through, mostly dry, and excited to be in the Harbour. We took out at Fort Latour, where indigenous Maliseet and Mic Mac travellers have stopped to rest, trade or wait for the tide to change for thousands of years. Can't wait to do it again next year!
Uncorked Tours Celebrates 5 Years in Saint John
This year also marks 5 years since Uncorked started offering food and drink tours in Saint John. In that time I've been fortunate to welcome thousands of guests on tours in Saint John, and throughout New Brunswick.
To celebrate our continued growth and to share our love of Saint John, Uncorked Tours will be offering our friends and family rate to anyone working in the tourism and hospitality industry, and your friends and family. We want to make it easier for you to show off the City and enjoy Saint John as much as our visitors do!
We'll be visiting tour partners with promo codes and information is going out in an email this week to all Discover Saint John and SJ Hotel Association members. To redeem your code, book your tour online and enter the promo code to receive your $20/person discount. These codes will be valid for any daily tours reserved during the month of July. Promo codes will be available to all Discover Saint John members.
At Uncorked Tours we're all about sharing the fabulous food, wine, beer & spirits being produced in the Province of New Brunswick.
It is our pleasure to share some of the awesome experiences you can have while living or visiting the province.