Hopewell Rocks was one of the places that I was most excited about visiting in New Brunswick. My kids and I had watched many a time-lapse video of the incredible Bay of Fundy tides that twice daily reveal and cover the distinctive Flowerpot Rocks.
The bay is unique in that it has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world (up to 15m/45ft). Lucky for us, upon our arrival, we were joined by fantastic guide and interpreter Kevin Snair, who showed us that this area wasn’t just about one particular group of rocks, but rather about the more than 2km of shoreline to be explored. Take a peek at this one minute video, or just read on.
Disclosure: On this Maritimes trip, I worked in conjunction with Tourism New Brunswick, Tourism P.E.I. and Tourism Nova Scotia to share our experiences in their regions. Partial expenses were covered by these entities and their tourism partners.
During our visit, we walked the ocean floor, scaled boulders and navigated our way through caves – all the while learning about the ecology and geography of the area. We appreciated the laid-back, walk-about tour style of our guide who encouraged my kids to both touch things and try hands-on experiments (such as seeing how big of a splatter they could make by tossing a rock into the mud).
Hopewell Rocks is a one hour drive outside of Moncton, New Brunswick. Be sure to time your visit with the tides, depending on whether you would like to walk on the ocean floor at low tide or kayak through the rocks at high tide. In addition to the rocks and beach, kids will also enjoy the on-site playground and interpretive centre. Bring a picnic lunch and stay a while (there is also a cafe on site).
Important note: We made the worst possible choice in footwear for our visit – flip flops. Choose something different that will not flick mud up the back of your legs with every step (but be sure to take them off if you choose to brave the deep mud). Thankfully there are showers where you can wash your feet off.
For more information about Hopewell Rocks, including the all important tide schedule, please see the Tourism New Brunswick website.
Please also see the following time lapse video of Hopewell Rocks made by our guide Kevin Snair.
We did a 16-day Canadian Maritimes road trip with our kids starting and finishing in Halifax. The trip included New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia. Please see all the posts from our trip below.
- Our Maritimes Road Trip Itinerary
- Saint John, NB with Kids
- St. Andrews, NB with Kids
- Hopewell Rocks, NB
- Moncton, NB with Kids
- P.E.I. with Kids
- Build Sensational Sandcastles on PEI
- Lighthouse Hotel P.E.I.
- Tatamagouche Train Station Hotel, NS
- Halifax, NS with Kids
- Peggy’s Cove
- Lunenburg, NS with Kids