Shubenacadie River

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Shubenacadie
Shubenacadierivermap.PNG
Map of the Shubenacadie / shubenacadie River drainage basin
Origin Shubenacadie Grand Lake
Mouth Cobequid Bay
Progression Cobequid BayMinas BasinBay of Fundy
Basin countries Canada
Length 72 km (45 mi)
Source elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Mouth elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Basin area 1,304 km2 (together with Stewiacke River).[1]
Bridge over the Shubenacadie River at South Maitland.

The Shubenacadie River is a river in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has a meander length of approximately 72 km[2] from its source at Shubenacadie Grand Lake to its mouth at the historic seaport village of Maitland on Cobequid Bay, site of the building of the William D. Lawrence, the largest wooden ship ever built in Canada. In 2009, the I Backpack Canada blog named the Shubenacadie one of the top five whitewater rivers in Canada.[3] The lower 30 km of the river (from the point where the Stewiacke River meets to the mouth) is tidal and the river experiences a tidal bore twice daily, with some bores reaching up to 3 m in height at certain points along the river. Local tourism operators offer adventure seekers a chance to ride with the bore on high-horse power Zodiac Hurricanes. It is also a popular surfing spot for experienced Sea Kayakers.[4]

The river flows through part of northern Halifax County, forming the boundary with Hants County before forming the boundary between Hants and Colchester County.

The Shubenacadie Valley hosts a diversified agricultural economy and is also experiencing suburban sprawl, given its location in the Halifax-Truro transportation corridor. Coordinates: 45°18′15.6″N 63°28′39.8″W / 45.304333°N 63.477722°W / 45.304333; -63.477722

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