Two-hour tour with tidal rips and awe-inspiring scenery
Nowhere else on earth can you witness the power of the tides more than at Cape Split. This is where the largest tides on earth are constricted by the long basalt hook of Cape Split thrust far into the Bay of Fundy, creating impressive tidal rips. Beautiful scenery is combined with the thrill of the tides. This tour is not for the faint-hearted, and not recommended for children. The Cape Split tour can only run when the tides and winds are just right, so this is the tour that runs the least frequently.
The tides at this spot have also been part of the legends of the indigenous people of Nova Scotia. The natural phenomenon of the huge tides here and throughout the bay was a large part of the tales of Glooscap, the principal god of the Mi’kmaq who made his home at the cliff tops of Cape Blomidon, overlooking one of the worlds natural wonders.
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There is an attempt to harness this tremendous power by the use of in-stream tidal turbines. Although it is proven technology – used in strong currents in offshore Europe – the first turbine tested against the Fundy tides in 2009 was destroyed as the currents ripped all the blades of the turbine out.
For those with an interest in tidal power, this tour takes you to one of the prime destinations on earth for possible tidal power generation. It has long been recognized as such. In 1915 an Acadia University professor created a plan to harness the tidal energy at Cape Split. The plan (shown to the right in his drawing and what Cape Split looks like without his plan) was to use the tide to drive four large pumps that would pump the water to the top of the cliffs where a large reservoir was to be built. Then the water would flow through pipes back down the cliff, through conventional turbines to generate the power. He had tested his theory and it did work, but in 1920 his equipment was destroyed by fire and the idea abandoned.
This is the turbine that was tested in the powerful Bay of Fundy currents in 2009 at the Black Rock FORCE site near Parrsboro & Cape Split but wasn’t able to survive in the harsh environment. FORCE will be the test site for up to 5 more turbines starting the deployment in 2015.
You can learn more about the plans for tidal power at the FORCE research centre by Parrsboro.
Our season runs from May to October, weather depending.