Shubenacadie River and Enfield

The Shubenacadie River, Nova Scotia

Location, Location, Location

The Shubenacadie River has a meander of approximately 72 km from its source at Schubenacadie Grand Lake to its mouth at historic seaport village of Maitland on Cobequid Bay, the site of where ‘William D. Lawrence’,the largest wooden ship ever built was constructed.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 a growth in suburban development, given its location in the Halifax-Truro transportation corridor.

Fun in the Mud!

There are plenty of activities to enjoy along the Shubenacadie River, one of the most popular activities could in involve you getting just a little bit muddy! People come from all over the world to experience the Tidal Bore rafting adventures. The lower 30 km of the river is tidal and the river experiences a tidal bore twice daily, with some bores reaching up to 3 meters 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. Besides getting to ride the tidal bore, adventure seekers can enjoy swimming in bath temperature waters and go sliding on some of the best mud banks in the Maritimes. In 2009, the ‘I Backpack Canada blog’ named the Shubenacadie one of the top five whitewater rivers in Canada.


For wildlife and nature lovers, the Shubenacadie River offers regular sighting’s of Bald Eagles, thanks to an abundant food supply. For more guaranteed wildlife spotting there’s the Shubenacadie Wildlife
Park. Owned and operated by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.