Hopewell Rocks

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The Hopewell Rocks, also called the Flowerpot Rocks or simply The Rocks, are rock formations caused by tidal erosion in The Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site in New Brunswick. They stand between 40-70 feet tall.

Hopewell Rocks, Canada
Hopewell Rocks, Canada

They are located on the shores of the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape near Moncton, New Brunswick. Due to the extreme tidal range of the Bay of Fundy, the base of the formations are covered in water twice a day. However, it is possible to view the formations from ground level at low tide.

Hopewell Rocks, Canada
Hopewell Rocks, Canada

The formations consist of dark sedimentary conglomerate and sandstone rock. The large volume of water flowing in to and out of the Bay of Fundy modifies the landscape surrounding it. After the retreat of the glaciers in the region following the last ice age, surface water filtering through cracks in the cliff has eroded and separated the formations from the rest of the cliff face.

Hopewell Rocks, Canada
Hopewell Rocks, Canada

The vast sediment planes in the basin in Fundy support a variety of biological productivity. Various shorebirds are often seen flocking to nest and feed in the area. Visitors are advised to stay for a full tidal cycle to get a full appreciation of the tides and formations. Although the tides vary from day to day, the high tide can be as high as 16 metres (52 ft) giving The Hopewell Rocks one of the highest average tides in the world.

Hopewell Rocks, Canada
Hopewell Rocks, Canada

Part of the Hopewell Rocks experience is a beach walk along the ocean's floor among the flowerpot-like formations. This main beach is accessed from a set of stairs off the main viewing deck and stairs/ramp beside the lower parking lot. However, the park also has two sandy beaches ĘC Seawall and Demoiselle ĘC backed by marshlands, one at each end of the park.

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