Visiting Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick Canada is just plain amazing. It is hard to describe what it feels like to walk on the sea floor knowing that within a few hours there could be upwards of 45 vertical feet of water in the same spot.
The amount of water flowing into the Bay of Fundy during 1 tidal cycle is equal to the outflow of all the freshwater rivers in the world combined! How crazy is that! It is hard to imagine that much water being moved multiple times a day.
We took a walk on the ocean floor with a fantastic guide from Hopewell Rocks. He pointed out the names of the rock formations and made sure we knew where the tide was coming in at first. There are interpretive specialists and guides spread out along the shoreline to make sure you do not get in danger while the tide is coming in. There are also signs designating the time in which the beach needs to be clear for the tide.
We started our tour in the interpretive center which gave us a great guide for what we would be seeing on the ocean floor. The videos and displays are set up nicely. You can learn a lot about the area without being overwhelmed with a ton of information. The exhibit guides you through the sites ecosystem along with the natural phenomenon of the Bay of Fundy and why the tides are so extreme.
Visiting Hopewell Rocks was one of the highlights of my trip to New Brunswick. I could have easily spent the entire day exploring the park. I called John and told him that we need to plan a return trip to New Brunswick so he can experience Hopewell Rocks. It would be so cool to visit during both low and high tides to see both. I can’t imagine what it is like to watch the tide go out.
Wear comfortable shoes that can get a bit muddy. Also wear pants/shorts you are not worried about getting mud on them. The sea floor is well muddy and depending on the type of shoes you are wearing the mud may coat the back of your legs.
Check out the Hopewell Rocks website to confirm the times of the low and hide tide when you plan to visit.
There are 2 restaurants/cafes on site that offer everything from Lobster Rolls to grilled cheese sandwiches and pretty much everything in between.
There are quite a few stairs to get down to the sea floor area. Be prepared for a minimum of 30-40 stairs if not more. There is a section that only has 20 or so stairs but it is down the beach from the main entrance. There are lookout platforms if you do not want to walk down the stairs or if the tide is to high. You can view the bay from the lookouts at multiple spots in Hopewell Rocks.
You can pay $2 CDN for a ride up the hill on a golf cart if you do not want to hike up the hill this does not save you from the stairs though.
The park entrance fee is good for two days so you can plan back to back trips and experience both low and hide tide.
The trails and tidal area is not lit. Make sure and plan your trip before it is dark.
Pets are welcome but must be on a lease at all times and cleaned up after.