You’ll want to visit the Hopewell Rocks during both high tide and low tide so you can truly appreciate the height and range of the highest tides in the world.
Your entrance fee for the Hopewell Rocks is valid for two consecutive days. This means you can return at any time during that period in order to see both the high and low tides.
The time span between low and high tide is 6 hours and 13 minutes. This presents a unique opportunity to walk on the ocean’s floor from 3 hours before low tide until 3 hours after, so it’s important to check the tide tables before you visit.
On average, the ocean floor at our site is completely accessible from one end to the other (2kms./1.25 miles) 2.5 hours before and after low tide, 90% accessible 3 hours on either side of low tide and 80% accessible 3.5 hours on either side of low tide. There are varying degrees of accessibility up until 4 hours on either side of low tide. These time periods can fluctuate somewhat depending on certain variables.
Is it better to see high tide or low tide? It’s your choice!
See high tide first. Some visitors prefer to see the high tide first and then return later to walk the ocean floor and explore the beach, coves and flowerpot rock formations.
See low tide first. Others want to explore the beach and flowerpot rocks first, then return to see those same formations surrounded by water, as the highest tides in the world fill the Bay of Fundy.
See both in the same day. Many visitors make plans to stay for the whole day. They walk the ocean floor, then stay to watch the shift between low and high tides. It’s fun to see how quickly the tide comes in.
Some visitors reserve a kayak tour in advance and enjoy the unique experience of paddling around the flowerpot rocks at high tide.
There are many things to do and see within the park, but we recommend visitors plan to stay at least four hours to really appreciate the experience.
Tide Tables for the Current Season
The Hopewell Rocks provides tide tables in PDF format for easy downloading and printing. (This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
The tide tables listed here include high and low tides during our open season and hours of operation. If you plan to visit during the off-season (mid-October to mid-May), check the tide tables on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website and read our page on safety.
How do I read tide charts?
High and low tides occur at a different time each day and water levels also vary each day. The numbers in the meters and feet columns indicate tide heights.
In this example the chart tells us that on the 1st of the month, we will have a high tide at 16:50, with a water level of 42.0 ft / 12.8 metres. The areas in yellow indicate when our guests will be able to walk on the ocean floor, in this case from 7:26 in the morning (in order to do the site security checks and preparations, access will only be granted from opening hours at 8 or 9, depending on the time of the season) until 14:26 in the afternoon (3.5 hours before and 3.5 hours after the absolute low tide, which in this example is at 10:56 and 23:21), and a second low tide ocean floor access from 19:51 until closing time that day, which would be 5 -7 or 8 pm, again depending on what part of the season you visit. . Remember this is only an example, the tide changes by approximately 50 minutes each day, so make sure to check for the exact date that you intend to visit, so that you know the tide times for the day of your visit.