Location: Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, Canada
Address: 131 Discovery Road
Date: July 2006
Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick experience some of the highest tides in the world. There is only a 6 hour gap between high and low tide. You can walk on the ocean floor during low tide and then come back later in the day and see the water fill back in. You can see the difference between the two photos (above and below).
The resulting erosion from the tides has created the unusually shaped flowerpot rocks. These rocks experience higher erosion at their base and therefore appear to defy gravity.
Most recently in 2016 one of the more popular rock formations lost its battle with erosion and collapsed. This is just how erosion works and eventually all of the rocks will lose their fight against the water.
The erosion is accelerated by these high tides. Being immersed in water is not as damaging as having all that water push in and pull out again several times a day.
When the tide goes out, seaweed clings to the rock waiting to be happily submerged in water yet again.
We visited the Hopewell Rocks on two different days in order to see both high and low tides. There are tide timetables on their website that can help you plan your trip.
Most people want the experience of walking on the ocean floor when the tide is low. Later you can see the same area where the water level would be up over your head.
Some people rented kayaks in order to explore the rocks during hide tide. If you have good eyes you may be able to spot a kayak on the right hand side of the photo above.
We stayed in Moncton, New Brunswick where you can also experience the Tidal Bore. The river was dry. We then sat in the bleachers of Bore View Park and waited for the river to return. Sure enough it started to make its way back along the riverbed. It traveled sort of like how an overturned glass spills its contents across a counter top. A tidal bore is the name for the little wave that is created as the water is pushed back up the river by the tides. It has nothing to do with how exciting it is. While not a particularly dramatic event, it is a great example of how gravity, the moon, the sun and the earth affect the water on our planet.
The Bay of Fundy and the Hopewell Rocks area in general is a great spot to see what the tide brought in....and what it left behind.
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Hopewell Rocks Park , Bore View Park
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