Hopewell Rocks

Hopewell Rocks is a good place to experience the tides of the Bay of Fundy.  Also known as Flowerpot Rocks, the base of the rocks are covered twice a day at high tide.  At low tide you can view and explore the rocks from ground level.

Our original plan was to see and walk around the rocks at low tide on Saturday, going back on Sunday to see them at high tide.  However, we realized earlier in the day that if we wanted to fit in everything we hoped to see and do, we were going to have to combine outings in some way in order to lessen drive times.  It seemed to take between 45 minutes to an hour to get anywhere (that includes parking, walking to the site, etc.).  So we ditched our 2-day plan, and decided to go see the Hopewell Rocks after we finished at Cape Enrage.  The tide would not be at its highest (would, in fact, be going out), but at least we’d get some idea of the change in water level.

It’s a little bit of a hike to the overlook of the rocks, but if you don’t feel like walking, you can take the shuttle for $2.00 (Canadian).  We walked (it’s only about a 15 minute walk, all downhill on the way there), exploring some of the trails around the park.

While the tide was going out, we spent time exploring the various areas of the park and then had lunch.  By the time we finished lunch and hiked back down to the overlook, the tide was low enough that we could go down and walk around.  In order to get down to the rocks, there are stairs.

Low tide. See the people walking around? What I’m wondering is how that got that little vehicle down there.

The stairs were not so bad.  (See yesterday’s post if you don’t know why I’m going on about stairs.)  Instead of the straight and steep, they were more like switchbacks.  I find switchbacks so much easier to handle than straight and steep.

The stairs are to the left in this picture.

It was a fun and fascinating place to explore.  I did manage to get a few shots without people (there really weren’t that many of us down there), but you get a better idea of just how big those rocks are when you see people in the midst of them.

A mini version

You can walk 2k of beach at low tide.  M and I didn’t walk quite that far.

I’m not sure, but I think we walked around for nearly an hour.  I took far too many photos, most of them pretty terrible due to the time of day (not quite mid-day, although with the longer days in the Maritimes, it was probably close to that).

Some of the formations have nicknames based on their shapes.  Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock, ET.  I’m not sure which is which, to be honest, as I wasn’t paying much attention at the time.  I’m not even sure I managed to get pictures of the rocks with nicknames.  I was too busy marveling at what Mother Nature has done with stone and water.

For a better look at the Bay of Fundy tides, have a look at this official time lapse video from Hopewell Rocks.  Pretty cool stuff.

Here in the Bogs, we’ve had some relief from the heat.  A cold front moved through overnight and the day has been gradually cooling and the humidity levels have dropped, making for a very pleasant afternoon.

View of the mud flats

Thanks for stopping by today.  The umbrella and chairs are set up on the deck.  I’m going out to sit and enjoy the breeze.  You’re welcome to join me.  I will take a book along, but I doubt I’ll do much reading.  I’ll probably end up watching the wind play in the trees and grasses, and listening to the birds.

Can you spot M in this picture?

Have a great weekend!

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46 Comments on “Hopewell Rocks”

  1. What dramatic formations those are…amazing the power of water! And that time lapse video is remarkable….what huge changes in water level!….and were those kayaks at high tide?…I wonder if they get pulled around by the power and force of the tides? What a beautiful area you visited!

    • Robin says:

      It was incredible, Kathy. More so than I thought it would be, to be honest. The Bay of Fundy stuff was M’s choice, and I was okay with going but thought “well, how exciting can watching the tides be??” As it turns out, it was quite a wonder and I’m so grateful I have a partner in life who makes sure I get exposed to things I wouldn’t otherwise see or experience.

      Those were indeed kayaks. We didn’t get a chance to do it, but I gather kayaking around the rocks at high tide is one of the touristy things to do at Hopewell Rocks.

  2. Val says:

    Brilliant photos and post but that second photo down really captures my imagination. Could I have a copy of it, just for myself? (I rarely ask this of anyone!)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Val. 🙂

      You certainly may I enjoy your art, and would love to share. Would you like me to email the larger version to you or do you want to just copy it from the blog? (I resize them for the blog.)

      • Val says:

        I’d love the larger copy but I’m happy to copy it from here, if you like. I’ll leave that up to you. While the rock formations and landscape are very different, the beach and that wide open view remind me of a place I used to go to as a child and my feelings at the time. It’s just wonderful.

        By the way – apropos my artwork – I’m planning a new blog that I hope will ‘happen’ in a few weeks, that will have artwork I’ll be sharing more than on my current site. 🙂

  3. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I have walked on the ocean bottom many times at Hopewell. It is so great to know you saw this interesting place. It is a favorite of artists and you often see a painting of the rocks. Before I retired, I worked a little on the new Tourism plan for Alma. When the Fundy Trail punches through from the south, the tourist numbers are expected to climb! Jane

    • Robin says:

      I wish I could have spent a lot more time there, Jane. That’s the problem with trying to see it all in one trip. No time to really explore and enjoy things the way I can explore and enjoy at home. It crossed my mind quite often that it would be nice to be able to spend a month or two in each place. I am grateful, however, that I did get to see and enjoy some of New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia. 🙂

  4. denise says:

    Fascinating rock formations and a wonderful and very pretty photo.

  5. Martina says:

    Beautiful pictures and place. I love the shore.

  6. Wow, that’s beautiful! This sounds like an amazing place.

  7. I’m so amazed at the power of water. Think of the hundreds and hundreds of years of tides going in and out to have shaped these rocks. Boggles the mind. And I love that staircase.

  8. mobius faith says:

    Great shots today. Love these. What a great location. Amazing. The time-lapse video is pretty cool – but your shots are better. Is “M” that little spec of “gravel” I see? 🙂 I’m glad you took a lot of photos of this location. That just means that we’ll hopefully be treated to more goodness.

    • Robin says:

      lol, Terry! He looks about the size of a speck of gravel next to those rocks.

      Thanks. 🙂 And yes, you will be seeing more of the rocks sometime in the future.

  9. Wonderful photos of a unique place, and I loved seeing the time lapse video. What an interesting trip you had – these are places I would have never thought to go! Thanks Robin.

    • Robin says:

      The places we went to really are amazing, Lynn. I’m sorry we didn’t have time for Newfoundland while we were up that way. Perhaps next time. 🙂

  10. Cmsmith says:

    This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. It reminds me a bit of the rock formations out west in areas like Sedona or Arches National Park. Thanks for sharing.

    Our hot spell here has broken too. We’re back in the mid- to low 80s. It’s 10 pm and I’m sitting on our screened in porch listening to the call of the juvenile owl. He or she is here nearly every night. We can here it, but not see it.

  11. Carla says:

    Gorgeous photos, Robin! I prefer switchbacks too. Love the ephemeral rock art as well. I would think the tides might move them around?

  12. Sallyann says:

    Mother Nature does it again … possibly with a little help from Father Time. 🙂

  13. Beautiful Robin! I love cool rock formations, especially by the sea!

  14. Karma says:

    Glad you made it down the steps! It looks like a very cool place to explore. I’ve loved wandering spots like this since I was a child, although I’ve never been to one with such dramatic formations.

  15. bearyweather says:

    I think you are creating a future travel list for me … what a wonderful trip you had.

  16. Kathy says:

    That first photo took my breath away. Literally. OK, lots of your photos have that effect. Thank you for sharing your travels with us!

  17. Looks like an amazing place to check out – that time lapse is incredible, I can’t believe the water rises and falls so much in one day!!

  18. […] mentioned in my Hopewell Rocks post that M and I explored the area while we were waiting for low tide.  Behind the Hopewell Rocks […]

  19. Very cool – looks like a movie set…maybe a sci fi movie? Quite mysterious.

  20. Sartenada says:

    I thought that I have seen so many landscapes in my life that there is no more new. I was so wrong. Your photos are fantastic and they require the visitor of Your blog for a visit this marvelous place. It was a great pleasure to make a virtual visit there thru Your photos.

    Thank You.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Sartenada. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. And thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂

  21. Dana says:

    Those pictures are amazing (and that time-lapse video is way too cool!) The Hopewell Rocks are definitely high on my list of places to see.

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