Map of the Shubenacadie / Stewiacke River drainage basin
|⁃ location||Shubenacadie Grand Lake|
|⁃ elevation||13 m (43 ft)|
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|Length||72 km (45 mi)|
|Basin size||1,304 km2 (503 sq mi) (together with Stewiacke River).|
|Progression||Cobequid Bay—Minas Basin—Bay of Fundy|
The Shubenacadie River is a river in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has a meander length of approximately 72 km 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. 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. Tidal Bore Rafting was invented at the Tidal Bore Rafting Resort by H. Knoll. It is also a popular surfing spot for experienced Sea Kayakers.
Bald eagles roost in the trees along the river's banks and can be seen from the river throughout the year.
- Natural History of Nova Scotia, Volume 1, Chapter T8 "Freshwater Hydrology", Nova Scotia Museum (1996) p.152
- Columbia Gazetteer
- Blog, "Top 5 Rivers for White Water Rafting in Canada", repeated at Lonely Planet, November 8, 2009
- Nova Scotia Blogs