Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia: Running with the Tides

  • 17 m tides
  • 10 km running route
  • 1200 participants

Welcome to the Bay of Fundy—a UNESCO World Heritage site, home of the world’s most extreme tides and the setting for the “Not Since Moses” Fun Run & Walk. Imagine: a 15-m ebb tide reveals the muddy ocean floor, if just for a few hours, then 1,200 people dash across it—racing up to 10 km and against gravity itself—only to have the ocean flow once again, covering their footprints behind them. It’s true—Not Since Moses has the sea parted quite like this.

An annual affair in Nova Scotia’s Five Islands Provincial Park, this open-to-all sporting event combines a spirited fun-run with scenic seascapes and record-setting tides. And the reward for all of this mud, sweat and tears (of laughter)? Fresh-cooked local seafood, live music, raucous good times and Maritime hospitality. This summer—go running with the tides, Nova Scotia-style.

Why you should visit
  • Participate in a one-of-a-kind 5km or 10km fun-run along exposed ocean floor following a dramatic 15m Bay of Fundy ebb tide.
  • Run (or walk) beneath 90m sea cliffs, alongside fascinating seascapes—such as the “hole” in Long Island—and through tidal zones rich with marine life.
  • Enjoy an on-site après race party with live music, poetry readings and a healthy post-run dinner cooked and served by event volunteers from the local fire brigade.
  • Witness the ebb and flow of the Earth’s highest tides; 100 billion tonnes of seawater streams in and out of the Bay of Fundy in a single tide cycle—more water than the 24-hour flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers combined.
  • Tour Five Islands Provincial Park—explore lighthouses, beachcomb, rent a sea kayak and find a tent-site with panoramic Atlantic views.
  • Road-trip along the beaches and seacoasts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick—whale-watching from ocean-view pullouts and immersing in Acadian culture all the way.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Not Since Moses 5K/10K Walk-Run event information.
  • Registration is limited to 1,200 participants; early signup is recommended.
  • An entry fee applies with reduced family rates available.
  • Also scheduled: 100, 500 and 1,000m kid-friendly walk-runs.
  • Camping is available on-site; hotel/motel accommodation is available in nearby Parrsboro.
When to go
  • The event occurs annually in July.
  • Five Islands Provincial Park is open from mid-June 15 to mid-October.
  • The Bay of Fundy experiences its most dramatic tides during spring.
Need to know
  • You will get very muddy (wash/change facilities on-site).
  • Participants should be in good physical condition; training is recommended.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available.
  • Water is provided on running route; first-aid attendants will be on-site; staff sweeps route to ensure no one is left behind.
  • Cash prizes for top three male and female runners in both 5K and 10K runs.
Getting Here