Guests who visit Hopewell Rocks are often awed by the unique rock formations located there. The area offers a variety of fun activities, hiking adventures, and educational opportunities that will keep visitors busy all day long. Open from May through October in beautiful Hopewell Cape off of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick Canada, Hopewell Rocks is home to the highest tide in the world (it can be up to 52 feet high).
When the tide is low, visitors can even walk on the ocean floor! When the tide is low, guests can see the rock formations known as the Flowerpot Rocks, which reach from 40 to 70 feet into the air. In 2016, a portion of one of the formations, known as Elephant Rock, fell over and anywhere from 100 to 200 tons of rock was destroyed. The entire area was closed off.
Interpretive Center- This building is the best place to start as it gives guests an overview of the area as well as the history and a variety of interactive, educational exhibits. The exhibits are self-guided, and visitors can work through them at their own pace, focusing on what interests them. The sculptures (life sized), displays, dioramas, and videos all seek to inform guests in a fun way. There are also restrooms located in the center, as well as helpful staff that can answer any questions that may come up.
The walking trails- After the Interpretive Center, guests often hike or walk the trails at Hopewell Rocks. The paths are all connected in a network, leading visitors to the lookout decks. Each deck features a different view of the bay and rock formations, as well as a panel with more information about the area. The trails are also a great way to see the many different types of wildlife that calls Hopewell Rocks home, like moose, red fox, white tailed deer, porcupine, raccoon, and more.
Beaches- From the center, it is about a 15-minute walk to two separate beaches. Visitors can explore the ocean floor and see the rock formations from a different angle than above. There are also restrooms and benches on the trail to the beach. Two of the beaches, Demoiselle and Seawall, also features traditional sand beaches. Seawall Beach has an area from which visitors can launch their kayaks.
Hopewell Rocks also has a variety of activities to participate in. Below is just a selection of the favorites of many of the people who have visited:
- Watching the tides come in and out (Visitors should be aware that it is only safe to walk the beaches from three hours before low tide to three hours after low tide. Check the tide table, available on the website).
- Visiting the aboideau (Acadian seawall), which is over 300 years old!
- Watching the shorebirds during their migration period in July and August
- Going kayaking during high tide (guided tours are offered, and kayaks can be rented on-site).
- Going exploring in one of the caves.
- Letting the children play on the playground near the Interpretive Centre.
Many classes have taken field trips to Hopewell Rocks, as the area lends itself perfectly to being able to get children active and engaged in their education while also being able to get them out of the classroom and into the subject they are learning about. Teachers should contact the tour director on-site to plan a visit when the class consists of more than 12 students. They will be able to work with each class on curriculum and requirements for the field trip. The tour director can be contacted through email or by phone. School groups are provided a group discount to admission to the center and the activities located on the grounds. The bus driver and one adult chaperone will be admitted free of charge. There are also group meal discounts available with advance notice, as well as guided tours by one of the knowledgeable staff members. There are even educational videos available on the website for viewing prior to the field trip.
Dining and Shopping
While visiting Hopewell Rocks, guests love to dine at the High Tide Cafe. The cafe offers a self-service menu full of both cold and hot items like sandwiches, salads, and even gluten free and vegetarian items. They are open from May through October. There is also a gift shop on-site, called Tidal Treasures, with an enormous selection of apparel, household goods, food items, and locally created work by artists who live in the area.
Hopewell Rocks, 131 Discovery Road, Hopewell Cape, NB, E4H 4Z5, Canada, Phone: 877-734-3429