Imagine walking along the sea bottom, exploring the rocky landscape of coastal New Brunswick with the tide off in the distance. Within 6 hours, the location of your footsteps would be under nearly 50 feet of water. It is here, in the Bay of Fundy, where you can witness the amazing transition of 160 billion tons of water with every high and low tide- more than the combined flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers.
One of the most popular areas to witness these amazing tides is at Hopewell Rocks. During low tide it is common to see people exploring the ocean floor and taking in the beautiful New Brunswick coastline. You can walk under and through these rock formation that appear to be jetting right out of the beach. Come high tide, these same rocks are just a portion of their former size, as large sections of the rocks are now below the surface of the water.
It is important to note that the difference between high and low tide is only 6 hours. You have to be mindful of these times so you can safely escape as the water begins to creep towards the rocky coast. A sign near the entrance shows you exactly what time you need to return to the stairs so you don’t get caught. If you find yourself sidetracked, there is a set of emergency stairs located on the beach where you can hang out until the tide goes back out. However, you don’t want to be that person who has to do the walk of shame up those stairs because you weren’t paying attention. So check the sign and get back to the main landing well before the tide creeps up on you.
There are plenty of things to do in the 6 hours you have to wait before high and low tide.
- Whale watching – With plenty of ocean species in these waters, the Bay is the summer feeding ground for many small fish, making it also an attractive place for the whale. With a population of over 300 in 8 different species (including the humpback whale), you are sure to catch a glimpse.
- Nature trails, hiking and cycling – The best way to explore the treasures around the area is by hitting the trails. There are many biking and hiking trails you can follow to enjoy the natural beauty of this area.
- Fossils – Bay of Fundy is a renowned location for dinosaur bones, fossils and semi-precious stones.
- Sea Kayaking – Explore caves, towering cliffs, wildlife and birds on your trip to Bay of Fundy.
- Golfing – In Fundy, you are never far from a golf course! The beautiful Canadian countryside with multiple golf course choices allows you to relax and just enjoy the game.
The Bay of Fundy is an amazing sight to behold.
Go explore this hidden gem in the Canadian maritimes and witness this amazing natural phenomenon.