Hopewell Rocks – Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick - Atlas Obscura

Hopewell Rocks

Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

Iconic rock formations that allow for exploration during high or low tide. 


Also known as the Flowerpot Rocks due to their unique tapered shape, the Hopewell Rocks are one of the most unique tidal formations in North America.

Caused by the ever moving tide off the Canadian coast, these rocks have spindly bases and arches that continue to be gnawed away at by the sea. The tidal movement is drastic enough, during the two low tides and two high tides every day, that if one times a visit right, during a low tide, one can walk the beach at the base of the stones.

But you’ll have to be quick…like, say, a couple of hours. Tides are a-changing. It’s what they do. Within 6 hours of the low, you’ll be experiencing a high…tide. And for that, you’ll need to be either on shore, or in a kayak! Many can be see during the summer, with paddlers moving in and around these gorgeous columns.

As part of the Bay Of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, you are looking at a whopping 46-50 feet depth of change, twice daily. (And yes, these in and outs happen over the wee hours: The tidal business operates 24/7!) …low tide or high tide, under a full moon…feel the pull…and don’t forget the camera.

Fyi, Many of the standing rocks also have sparse vegetation on their plateaus which has earned them their flowery nickname.  Look, don’t touch. It beautiful and fragile.

Know Before You Go

Drive scenic routes from Saint John or Moncton, New Brunswick. Or take one of the many tours operating in the summer. Plan on a half day trip to add in the magic and splendour of tidal changes. Add a stop at Fundy National Park, for more spectacular views, picnics, or overnight camping...

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