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36 Years & Counting!

Tidal Bore Rafting Resort has been in business for 36 years. The resort and cottages are open all year around. Tidal bore rafting tours are offered from May 1st through October 31st from the property’s hilltop location overlooking the Shubenacadie River in Urbania, Nova Scotia. There are 14 cottages and chalets (one, two, and five bedroom) on the property, all self-sufficient units, all insulated for year around comfort, all very private and all within listening distance of the famous sounds of the Shubenacadie Tidal Bore.

There is a new above ground licensed swimming pool and deck and a meeting lodge.

Visitors can explore 180 acres of land, including 6 km of groomed hiking trails, many of which wind their way through mature hardwood forest along the river bank.

In 2007 -2008, Tidal Bore Rafting Resort, completed the largest expansion to the business in its history. A new special event catering facility was built to highlight the company’s desire to attract business and group functions. The Sandbar Restaurant, as we call it,  is a special event food and beverage venue, with a huge three level covered out-door deck with an unparalleled view of the Shubenacadie River.

Other facilities were added, including two, two-bedroom log chalets and a new five bedroom, 4000 square ft log home, perfect for business meetings and family events. The five bedroom chalet is unique in the province and has become a real asset to event planners in Nova Scotia who are interested holding a special event in a quiet rural setting away from urban distractions. The chalets are constructed of specially prepared Russian Pine and were assembled on-site by a team of Russian builders. The Russian Sauna, converted into another rent-able dwelling in 2016,  was the most recent expansion. It’s, often referred to as “The Honeymoon Suite”.

The Tidal Bore Rafting Resort employs 4 to 5 people on a full time basis, which increases to about 30 people (including many students) on a seasonal basis when the rafting tours begin in May.