The Hopewell Rocks.
It’s a New Brunswick must.
If you followed along during our trip last month or if you happened to catch my first post about it, you’d know that I listed 16 Tasty and Fascinating Things to Do in New Brunswick and that was only 16 things, there’s plenty more.
Hopewell Rocks is one of those places that really struck a chord with me. It’s beauty and natural wonder is something that must be witnessed. After all, it’s where the world’s highest tides come in and out daily. They have even said that it is one of the natural wonders of the world and I agree.
Ready to Learn.
Once we arrived to Hopewell Cape and to the Rocks Provincial Park, we headed to the Interpretive Centre. There we were greeted by Kevin, a long-time interpreter at the park. As you can see, all the kids were fixed on what he was showing us.
He taught us about the tide, why it happens and what it looks like. He showed us amazing pictures and vids and before we knew it, we were ready to go to the rocks. It was a hot day so, we opted to take the shuttle down to them. You always have the option to hike down if you’d prefer!
Walk the Ocean Floor.
We made the climb down, there’s a steel staircase with about 4-5 flights to get up and down the Hopewell Rocks and the ocean floor. The kids were immediately drawn to the water that was receding, they loved going into the water and looking for hermit crabs. I found it amazing that the seaweed caressed the ocean floor and that in 6 hours, it would all be underwater again.
TIP: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, preferably hiking boots or water shoes because it can get messy!
Take a Look Around!
After learning about the rock formations and why they all had different names, Kevin told us about the eagles that had made their home at Hopewell Rocks. He then proceeded to take us to a sea cave. It was a bit of a walk but, we enjoyed walking underneath the formations and exploring the ocean floor.
Walk the Ocean Floor.
This was one of my favorite things to do while we were in New Brunswick. There is plenty to do and so much to see and I think the kids enjoyed walking through a sea cave and coming out to the other side. The mere fact that most of them understood that where they stood at that very moment would be filled with water in just a few hours is incredible and educational.
Things You Will Find:
- Educational multi-media Interpretive Centre
- Restaurant , snack-bar & gift shop
- Clean washrooms
- Scenic picnic areas
- Ample free parking & in-park shuttle service
- Wheelchair accessibility (except the beach)
- Groomed walking trails & panoramic look-off decks
- Unique guided kayaking experiences
You will see how time and tide have carved from the cliffs and coves distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. During periods of low tide, you can walk 2 km of beach and explore several coves filled with these flowerpot rocks. Many of the formations have nicknames inspired by their appearance.
Look for Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock, Mother-in-law and ET, just to name a few. At high tide, these curious formations become small islands, surrounded by water. While many people like to explore the flowerpot rock formations at low tide, there are plenty of activities at high tide as well.
Book Your Trip!
If you are going to New Brunswick, make sure you book your visit to Hopewell Rocks. Kevin, our interpreter was awesome and you can tell that he is very passionate about the park.
Gabby was over the moon that she was in the same place where a part of The Amazing Race Canada was filmed. So, if you’re a fan of the show, you will be just as thrilled.
For more information about the Hopewell Rocks, go here. If you are looking for 16 Tasty and Fascinating Things to Do in New Brunswick, look no further! I got you!
Have you ever been to the Hopewell Rocks?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.