Photo of Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick


Hopewell Rocks

Bay of Fundy

Created by tidal erosion beginning more than 300 million years ago, the Hopewell Rocks consist of more than 20 sea stacks that appear and disappear every six hours in the Bay of Fundy, thanks to the world’s highest tides. These gypsum and limestone formations along two kilometres of coastline look like enormous flowerpots. Self-guided tours deliver well-groomed trails, secluded vistas, natural forest and ocean-floor access — but be sure to check the tide schedule beforehand. Allot time to see both the high- and low-tide environments to appreciate the height and range of the tidal cycle. And pack a picnic.

Must-do: An interpretive centre provides info on geology, tides and wildlife, which can include shorebirds, raccoons, groundhogs and porcupines, with the occasional deer, moose and coyote. There are also opportunities for rafting and kayaking.

Best route: Drive about two hours east from Saint John.