The most visited attraction in Saint John is the Reversing Rapids (more often called the "Reversing Falls.") (right). The St. John River flows into the Bay of Fundy. However, due to the powerful tides in the Bay, at high tide water is forced back up the river causing it to flow upstream. At low tide, the flow reverses. At a narrow point in the river, the combination of the shape of the gorge and an underwater ledge serve to create rapids which flow in one direction at various times during the day and in the opposite direction at other times.
The Reversing Rapids is located outside of the city itself and thus most visitors take a tour bus or taxi to it. There are also tour boats that sail up the river. However, there is a well-lamdscaped walking path known as the Harbour Passage that will take you there. (See separate feature article) (See video).
Cruise destination profile - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada - page 4