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The Reversing Falls are a series of rapids on the Saint John River located just west of downtown of Saint John, in New Brunswick, in Canada. Here the river runs through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy. The tremendous rise and fall of the tides of the Bay of Fundy causes the “falls” to reverse direction of flow with each incoming tide.

The Bay of Fundy is subjected to one of the highest tides in the world where the difference in water level between high tide and low tide can reach up to 48 feet (14 meters). In Saint John, the bay tides rise 28 feet. When the tide is low, the full flow of the river thunders through a narrow gorge and empties into the bay. An underwater ledge, 36 feet below the surface causes the water in the river to tumble downward in a series of rapids and whirlpools.

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