On mine and Ed’s whirlwind trip of Canada’s east coast last year, we had a lot of adventures. After discovering Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island, finding out a few of the Cabot Trail’s secrets, and getting completely lost smack dab in the middle of Cape Breton Island, we finally rounded off our trip with a visit to one of Canada’s greatest natural tourist attractions – Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. It’s something we had wanted to see for a while, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally do it. So we packed up our tent and drove for 7 hours from Cape Breton to Fundy National Park, our (thankfully) final campground.
The Bay of Fundy has the highest tidal range in the world. When the tide is out, you can walk on the ocean floor – but when it comes in, 17 metres of water comes in and covers absolutely everything. Obviously, this leaves many rocks and things susceptible to erosion – ergo the gorgeous Hopewell Rocks. These are giant rocks that are basically mostly flowerpot shaped.
Ed and I had to make the decision about whether to visit at high tide, low tide, or both. Originally, we settled on both as we really wanted to see the difference between the two, but when we realized our campsite was an hour from the rocks, we decided on low tide, so that we could walk on the ocean floor amongst the rocks.
The walk from the interpretation centre to the rocks was actually pretty far. I was already exhausted enough from 7 days of camping, and that walk didn’t help at all. While we could have taken a shuttle, we weren’t going to pay our last few bucks for that (budget travel at its finest). So we trekked down there, through the forest, and emerged to find… hordes of tourists. Of course. Once we got through that, we had the most incredible view down to the rocks, but Ed and I decided it was time to get a little closer. We climbed down the steps and practically ran through the wet sand to Hopewell Rocks. We had a blast, taking pictures beside the rocks, in between the rocks, everything about rocks. I really never thought I’d like rocks that much. At one point, Ed leaned over to me and said “Hey, I wonder if these rocks know that they are Rock Stars”. How punny.
Afterwards, we climbed back up the stairs and meandered through the forest back to the interpretation centre. I was SO TIRED by then, but of course we got a bite to eat and went back through the gift shop, to get a Christmas ornament for me.
We decided to make our way back to the campground at this point, because I was exhausted (though we did take the scenic route back) but all in all it was a pretty successful day. We never managed to make it back to see high tide – We were going to on the way home the next day, but that would have been a little out of our way so we never did.
Have you ever seen the Hopewell rocks? Was it better at high tide or low tide? Let me know in the comments!