Even as a teen, each time my parents and I would drive on our summer trip, taking photographs of the views, cities and anything fascinating along the way, was always my favorite part of the entire journey. One of my favorite places to go was Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. My home province of which I am proud to be from!
Being a marvel of the world with it’s massive tides, it’s always astounding too see just how much water pours in and how the earth appears when the water has moved out. The best part, for me, is how you can hear the wave of water coming in from afar, then louder as it gets closer, it's very amazing indeed. Although the tides vary from day to day, the high tide can be as high as 15 m (50 ft). While the gravitational forces of the sun and moon combine to create a continuum of tidal action on Earth, two unique characteristics of the Bay of Fundy help create the highest tides on the planet.
The Hopewell Rocks, or also known as the Flower Pot Rocks, are rock formations caused by tidal erosion in The Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site in New Brunswick. They stand 40–70 feet tall and they are situated on the shores of the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape near Moncton, NB. (See map at the bottom of the page.) Because of the extreme tidal range of the Bay, the base of the formations are covered in water twice a day and the times are displayed on a clock. It's possible to view the formations from ground level at low tide, but get to higher ground asap when the tide comes in, it fills up faster than you think!
As for wildlife, birds are in majority here! Every summer, for about a six week period starting in July, one to two million shorebirds (up to 75% of the world’s population of the Semipalmated Sandpiper) arrive in waves at the Hopewell Rocks and other parts of the Bay on their journey south. The Bay of Fundy is their only stop-over on a 4,000 km migration to South America from the Arctic! How freaking cool is that!? The Hopewell Rocks or nearby Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary are two of the best places to view these small wonders of nature. Keep an eye out for the endangered peregrine falcon, bald eagles, merlins, osprey, cormorants, eider ducks, the great blue heron and even the occasional horned or barred owl.
Also, Grindstone Island, which can be seen from the upper observation deck, is protected by the Canadian Wildlife Association and is home to one of the largest nesting populations of blue herons in the area. Although, during their migration, beach roosting areas at the Hopewell Rocks are protected and observers are requested to keep their distance, allowing the birds to rest undisturbed.
It's not all about birds, you might see some white-tailed deers, moose, raccoons, porcupines, rabbits, red foxes, coyotes or black bears.
From someone who grew up in New Brunswick and came here almost every year, I can recommend this destination with 100% certainty that you will not be disappointed! The smell of the ocean if forever imprinted in my memory, I can't explain it, but it's part of me.
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Peace & Love,