Spotlight on Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, Canada


             Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, is the symbol of the province, seen on all its advertisements, and a fitting tribute to the Bay of Fundy which boasts the highest tides on earth.  The rocks themselves are basically sea stacks which are partly covered during high tide, but are totally exposed during low tide.  The literature invites visitors to “walk on the ocean floor”.  A well maintained trail leads to a metal stairway down to the water.  Time your visit to coincide with low tide or 3 hours before or after to be able to walk out to the rocks.  They are often referred to as “flower pot rocks” because of vegetation which grows on their tops. The road into the area also showcases the tremendous tidal heights because large areas of land are exposed at low tide.

            St John, New Brunswick, is a thriving port on the Bay of Fundy which offers the visitor historic walks and a pedestrian waterfront area bustling with restaurants, concerts and other activities.  It is ideal as a staging area for visits to Fundy National Park and Hopewell Rocks.

            Between St John and Hopewell Rocks is Fundy National Park. This area in New Brunswick showcases the largest tides in the world with hiking trails, beaches and viewpoints, as well as many other activities.  Route 114 provides auto access to the park’s regions.


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