The river is pushed backwards at St John NB

When riding from St Stephen (New Brunswick “NB”) to St John NB I was reflecting on the fact there is only about 5 weeks remaining of this tour and it felt timely to think about the sort of words that would stimulate the stories and memories to date. Because we have experienced so much in a short space of time so many thoughts came tumbling into my mind at once it felt right to lump them all together. (A very jumbled mindmap)

Canadian shield Powerful rivers Railways Rockies Snow Timber mills Scenery Beautiful Water Forests Friendly Glaciers Fur trade Hydro Cold winter RVs Westerly wind Birch trees Spruce trees Maple trees Hudson Bay Roadworks 1812 French vs Brittish American vs Brittish Moosehead beer Anglophone Frankaphone Mining Transcanada Plains of Abraham War Planked salmon Salt Oil Wind turbines Timezones Northern vigour Gumbo Rain Lake systems Locks Roadkill Caisse du populair Sections and quarters Powerlines Ottawa Tim Hortons Subway Canoes Farm Credit Canada Corporate farms Canada day Private islands Art Treaty Sawlogs Bears Box shopping malls Provincial Parks Loons Iced water Mosquitoes Grain elevators First Nations Logbooms Old cities Curteous truckies Milk quota Market supply Deregulation of CWB Bush planes Maritimes Frost heave Big tides BC Ferries Spectacular Cottage country Calf branding Tipping Light switch up sidedown Racoons Route Verte Railtrails Nanimo bars Moose Professors Iced cappachino PEI Coyote attack Truckies pee in a bottle Changing of the Guard Land bridges Dodge GMC Big trucks Hudderites Osprey Menonites Roots Squirrels Waterfalls Loonies and twoonies Old Quebec City Australian Wine No news No TV for 4 months Basements Sustainable communities Snow tyres Unpopular conservative government Capsule coffee machines Cabot trail Sulpher pollution Big lawns Highway motels gone broke Beaver lodge Planning Blogging Logistics Goffers Cottages 1604 Cut and carry fodder Generous people French Catholic churches That’s just Quebec Canadian tire Canadian superstore Mountain equipment coop Homemade wine Want to comeback

No doubt I will think of a few more as soon as I post this blog….so I might add to it from time to time as we make our way through the Maritimes before heading home.

After a great weekend with John and Annie’s daughter in law’s family and friends near St Stephen I have set off for Truro in Nova Scotia to catchup with a representative from Nova Scotia Land Loans Board later in the week. John and Annie are heading North of Fredericton to visit another study town. I should add that before we went to St Stephen we had a very enjoyable night in Fredericton (Capital of New Brunswick) staying in this fantastic B&B owned by Marnie’s very good friends John and Noreen Brennan. They really put on a wonderful spread for us and it is one of those places I would love to come back to.


Yesterday I was kindly taken to this significant national historical site. The island in the photo (Saint Croix Island) is the site the French undertook their first attempt at year round colonisation in 1604. This didn’t end happily, as I understand during winter the natives didn’t allow the settlers off the island so many of them they starved to death. (The plaques say they died of scurvy which is probably the politically correct version of events).





On my way through St John NB this afternoon I stopped for a while to watch the awesome power of the tidal system push the St John River backwards, hence the name Reversing Falls. The engines on these boats had to work really hard to hold their position to keep from been pushed back upstream. This YouTube clip is also pretty good for more information.




The tide was well and truly out when I took this photo earlier this morning.


6 thoughts on “The river is pushed backwards at St John NB

  1. Hi Alistair, Been wanting to send a reply to you…. we’ve followed your blogs right across…great coverage and wonderful pics…Good On Ya Mates!! We must “Do the Maritimes” before we die!!
    Jack will send you his poem about Terry Fox, written when we saw the memorial on our trip across this vaste country.
    All the best for your last few Hundred(?) miles!!
    Marg and Jack Jones, Kamloops BC

    • Hello Marg and Jack, great to hear from you and that you are still following our travels. I look forward to reciving Jack’s poem. Would it be OK to put it on the blog? Alistair

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