Welcome to the Hopewell Rocks
The Hopewell Rocks is a place to pause…a place to appreciate a remarkable story interwoven through time, tide, and the intricacies of nature. These are the highest tides in the world. And they happen twice a day....every day.
Did you know?
The reddish cliffs at the Hopewell Rocks were first formed millions of years ago as a massive mountain range – older than the Appalachians and larger than the Canadian Rockies – began to erode.
The Bay of Fundy tides can reach up to 15m (50 ft) – the height of a four-storey building – twice every day.
While the gravitational forces of the sun and moon combine to create a continuum of tidal action the world over, two unique characteristics of the Bay of Fundy help create the highest tides on the planet.
The native Mi’kmaq, who first knew the tides of the Bay of Fundy better than anyone, created and passed on colourful legends to explain its mysteries.
The term ‘Flowerpot Rocks’ was coined for the unusual shape of the formations and the tenacious trees that cling to their tops.
Each summer, for a 4-6 week period beginning in mid-July, 1-2.5 million shorebirds arrive in waves at the Hopewell Rocks and other Bay of Fundy locations on their journey south.
The highest tide ever recorded was in the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy where the tides can rise and fall over 50 ft (16 m) in extreme circumstances.