This week, the APOL tour landed in Moncton, New Brunswick, the most bilingual place in Canada. While in town APOL made the usual stops in French and English bookstores and several bars then skipped out to visit a famous local attraction, Magnetic Hill, where an optical illusion makes water appear to flow up hill.
It is not the only gravity-defying natural feature in the area. Moncton is situated on the Petitcodiac River (a.k.a. “the Chocolate River” for the brownish tint of its sediment-rich water). The Petitcodiac reverses flow twice daily with the tidal bore from the world’s highest tides, which occur on the Bay of Fundy, thirty kilometres away. Originally, the bore reached heights of two metres at Moncton—which is a lot of water, given that the river is a kilometre wide. It is said to have flooded with great force and speed, the noise audible at some distance. In recent years the magnitude of the bore has been reduced by a causeway, built in the 1960’s.
APOL had intended Fredericton to be its next tour stop, but the lure of a chocolate river proved too strong. And so, like the Petitcodiac, APOL reversed course and rode the outgoing tide into the Bay of Fundy, where it was last seen floating out to sea on a banana crate.
Note: “APOL” is the anthropomorphic version of my satirical novel A Person of Letters, which has gone on tour without me (with a wink and a nod to magical realism). Follow APOL’s quixotic world tour here or on my Facebook Author Page, and read about all of APOL’s (mis)adventures in sequence on this tour archive. For information about the book, go to Martin Scribler Media.