The Hopewell Rocks
The Hopewell Rocks are one of Canada’s most famous natural attractions. Located in Hopewell Cape on the shores of the Bay of Fundy near Moncton, New Brunswick the Hopewell Rocks are a phenomenon that has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The Flower Pot Rocks
The Hopewell Rocks are part of the shoreline in the Bay of Fundy where some of the world’s highest tides occur twice each day. The Hopewell Rocks are also known as the Flower Pot Rocks due to the unique stone pedestals on which ancient pine trees sit resembling clay flower pots. The Flower Pot Rocks continue to be carved out by the erosion of the shore line rock and soil by the force of the water in the tides as it comes in and goes out on a daily basis. As the glaciers retreated during the last ice age the surface rock cracked and melt water was able to seep into the ground eroding the rocks and separating them from the main land. Over time as the tides came and went they eroded the softer sandstone below at a faster rate giving the separated rocks their unique shapes.
Bay of Fundy-The World's Highest Tides
Tides in the Bay of Fundy region of New Brunswick can rise over 50’ during high tide. This gives the rocks a completely different appearance than at low tide. At low tide you can actually walk on the beach below the rocks and explore the foundations of these awesome rocks. The low tides reveal caves, arching rockways, and beautiful sandstone beaches. Tourists are strongly advised to follow the warnings as high tide approaches as you could get trapped by the rapidly rising water. Beaches which were perfect for strolling on disappear and the 50’tall flower pots become tiny islands as the waters rise. Tourists are recommended to stay for one complete tidal cycle to view the distinct changes in the area as the high tide waters rise. There are many observation points from above the beach and a large network of stairs leading down to the beach once the waters retreat. Once the water retreats, tourists can walk on the ocean floor providing a magnificent opportunity to see what lies beneath the sea.
High and low tide times vary each day but the time span between low and high tide is always 6 hours and 13minutes. Tidal charts are available on line that explain when exactly the tides will be at their lowest and highest giving tourists the best opportunities to see the Hopewell Rocks. The exact times of high and low tides change by 50 minutes each day so plan ahead to be sure you can experience the Rocks at their best.
An interpretive centre is located in the park providing a self guided educational experience. There are many multi-media and life-sized displays along with interpretive panels and videos to help visitors understand the vast power of the Fundy Tides, how the moon phases and gravity affect the tides, along with information on the unique geology which makes up the Hopewell Rocks.
The Hopewell Rocks are open varying hours over the spring, summer and fall. Tides change each day so for the most up to date information so you can make the most of your trip to the Flower Pot Rocks phone ahead or visit http://www.thehopewellrocks.ca