Our interpretive and visitor information staff answer literally thousands of questions each season. We have tried to address some of the more popular ones here.
Tides are constantly moving. The time on a tide table identifies when the water changes direction. Our automated greeting provides the tide times for the day you are calling; our attendants can provide tide times for other dates. We have current tide tables on this site (Tide Tables), which can be used to determine the exact low or high tide for each day of your visit. The tides change by approximately 50 minutes each day.
You may get daily tide times on-site, in the local newspaper “The Moncton Times & Transcript”, on the (Fisheries and Ocean Canada) or you can request to have the e-mailed to you by calling toll free 1-877-734-3429.
The ocean floor is accessible for 3 hours before until 3 hours after low tide. Various areas of the ocean floor are accessible during that time, as the water is constantly moving. Low tide times change each day, please consult the tide table to determine accessibility times. Visitors are asked to watch all danger time signs located at the stairwells to the ocean floor. Interpretive staff stationed on the beaches can advise you on safety issues.
During high tides of the new and full moon, tides can reach 14 metres (46 ft) and during low tides of the new moon, tides can recede 30 cm (1 ft) below Chart Datum.
The tides travel at 6 to 8 vertical feet per hour, depending upon the moon phases. However, during the middle hours of the 6 hour cycle on a particularly high “spring” tide, the water can flood up to 12 plus vertical feet an hour.
The most notable factors that affect the tide heights in the Bay of Fundy are the length and shape of the Bay and the natural rocking motion or resonance of the water known as the seiche effect. First off the Bay of Fundy is funnel-shaped, being wide and deep at the mouth, narrow and shallow at the upper reaches, so that as the tide moves up along the ever-narrowing bay, the water simply has nowhere else to go but up. Also and perhaps even more significant is the timing (the seiche effect) whereby the receding high tide reaches the mouth of the bay at the same time as the next high water is arriving from the Atlantic, the water level is accentuated and pushed up the bay rising higher as the bay gets shallower and narrower.
The nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of Fundy are famous for attracting more than 12 species of whales. This means we have some of the best whale watching experiences in the world. Whales may be spotted from a number of places along the New Brunswick coast, but the best place to see them or book a whale watching tour is in the South-Western corner of New Brunswick at St. Andrews, Grand Manan, and Deer Island. The best time to view is from Mid-August to Mid-October.
Consider the erosion effect of 100 billion tons of water moving in and out of the Bay twice every 24 hours. By visiting our Interpretive Centre Exhibit you can travel back in time to witness the formation of the Bay of Fundy, and our famous “Flowerpot” Rocks, created by the winds and tides over millions of years!
The constant movement of water over the mud flats mixes the silt with the water. This creates the “Chocolate River” effect, known around the world.
Survey markers were placed on the rocks several years ago to calculate the erosion over a period of time. At that time, it was thought that this would provide scientists with knowledge to predict rock falls and movement. This project, however, was unsuccessful. The targets remain but are no longer used.
The facility is open from May to October. In the spring and fall, hours of operation are based upon daylight hours, as the site does not have night time lighting. Check our Timing Your Visit page for exact times.
Please note that no guests will be allowed to access the site before opening hours in the morning. Our maintenance staff is hard at work doing the dangerous work that cannot be performed during regular business hours, so for your safety we will ask that you please wait for our gate attendant to open the gates when we are ready for business.
We appreciate your cooperation during this time and we wish you a safe visit to the Hopewell Rocks.
Yes, we offer a wheelchair accessible facility. Our Interpretive Centre has wide automatic doors, with ramps for access to parking, restaurant and trails. Our courtesy vehicles are available to assist with transportation to and from the observation deck.
However, while every effort has been made to make the Hopewell Rocks accessible to all, we regret that due to its composition, the ocean floor is not wheelchair accessible.
The Tidal Bore is best viewed from Riverview or Moncton, New Brunswick. Riverfront Park is located on Coverdale Road, Riverview, NB. Bore Park is located on Main Street in downtown Moncton. These sites offer an observation deck at which you can watch the arrival of the tidal bore on a daily basis. Arrival times can be obtained by calling 1-800-561-0123.
For more information on the Tidal Bore, visit the City of Moncton’s Attractions Website
The Hopewell Rocks is an incredible place to visit but it can be EXTREAMY DANGEROUS as well. When the Park is closed, there are no facilities or services, no staff to keep you safe, and safety barriers may have actually been removed! The tides rise quickly, the winter weather can be extreme, and fatal rockfalls are more likely to happen in the winter and spring. For all of these reasons, access to the park outside of our operational days and times is strictly prohibited.
As our walking trails are sloping and the rocks on the beach are very
slippery, wearing suitable footwear will make your visit more enjoyable. (i.e. good ankle support, non-slippery and easy to clean.)
The beach sweep is what we call the process of making sure that everyone leaves the ocean floor before the tide closes the coves, so that no one gets caught by the rising tide. It starts at the far end of the ocean floor by the ledges and proceeds one cove at a time making its way towards the stair case that access the ocean floor. Our staff will gently remind you of the “cut off” times and ask that you move to the next cove to ensure your safety.
We appreciate your cooperation during this process
Our park does not offer a camping or RVing option. All vehicles and guests must leave the park before dark. Be sure to check out Fundy Tourism NB's website to see all the great accommodation options available in the area.
In order to fulfill our mandate and role of environmental stewardship and to protect our rising bird population within the park, we need to be selective with our media filming approvals. We need to not only protect the land and coastline, but also the life around it. There are semi-palmated sandpipers, as well as young peregrine falcons, in flight that have been and would be threatened by drones flying in the air.
And for safety reasons, with the amount of guests visiting the site on a daily basis, an out of control drone could cause someone some serious harm.
For those reasons the park is a “No Drone Zone”
The Hopewell Rocks has installed 2 – Type 2 vehicle charging stations in parking lot B this year and with the use of your charging access card, which will billed to you home electric account at a rate of $1.50 for the first hour and $0.75 for every consecutive hours.