The nice trail through the woods to the cliff and stairs to the beach at Hopewell Rocks.
Have you ever heard of the famous 'flower pot' rocks at Hopewell Cape in New Brunswick? The The Hopewell Rocks have been formed by nature and the high tides of the Bay of Fundy and are a big tourist attraction. I know some of you have been there at least once and I have visited this place many times in my life but not for the last 20 years I think. It has changed a great deal since we were last there with our children and friends and it's a beautiful park area with many amenities. We went to Moncton the weekend before last and drove through Albert County and the pretty village of Hillsborough along with some other pretty villages until we arrived at the Rocks - about a 40 minute drive.
When you arrive at the huge parking area you walk to the ticket gate to pay then just beyond that is a large reception building (I forgot to take a photo) with a restaurant, gift shop, rest rooms inside and picnic and playground area outside. From there you take the path to the Rocks or for $2.00 per person you can travel on a trolley.
When you emerge from the trail there is another area with a foot washing station. Hmmm.....I wonder why one needs that! Well, after being down on the beach we found out. People love to walk in the mud! One can also rent kayaks to go sea kayaking from here.
Before you take the stairs down to the beach you can enjoy the view from this deck.
And this is the view!! The Flower Pot Rocks. Just imagine how many years the tides have been eating away that this cliff to make these rock formations. It's really quite incredible. This is only part of the rocks as one can walk quite a distance along the beach and see more. There is a hitch though.....the tide has to be out. There are guided tours or you can just go yourself but you have to be very mindful of the tide. It's best to plan your visit during the lowest tide to give yourself lots of time to explore the beach and rocks.
Let's go walk on the sea floor among the giant flower pots shall we?
This is the view from the first level of the stairs.
A lot of areas are roped off for safety due to crumbling and falling rocks and boulders. As kids (and our kids too) we had fun exploring the caves that are now off limits.
People love building inukshuks don't they? One sees them everywhere there happens to be a lot of loose rocks. These are in front of the roped off area in the photo below.
Can you see the stairs wedged between the cliff and the rock? That's where we came down to the beach.
Some perspective of the size of these rocks.
This is the reason why there is a foot washing station at the top of the stairs. :) These two were having a blast and a lot of adults and teens were enjoying the mud as well.
Do you see the face profile in the rock? A bit exaggerated but it looks like a face to me. There were thunder clouds and thunder over the river but no showers for us. It was very hot and sunny!
This is at the end of the beach. There are emergency stairs (on the right) in case one gets caught with the rising tide and can't get around the beach and rocks to the other stairs. It's happened a lot.
We almost missed this and it's a wonder someone hadn't stepped on it, but someone took the time to build a very tiny Inukshuk with a stone path leading up to it in front of this huge boulder that is about 5 feet high.
A close up of the teeny tiny inukshuk.
After we had done our beach walk we climbed up the stairs again and then, even though it was afternoon and we hadn't had anything to eat or drink since breakfast, we decided to take the hiking trails to the look offs and one that leads to another beach.
This is the view from one of the platforms.
And from another one we had a wide open view of the river. On the left is the muddy Petitcodiac River which is part of the basin of the Bay of Fundy and the white rippled line down the middle is where the tide is coming in over the mudflats. The Petitcodiac River is also called the 'Chocolate' River and I think the mud looks like chocolate pudding. :) The Tidal Bore also comes up the Petitcodiac River at Moncton where it is much narrower and more visible.
I read on the Hopewell Rocks Facebook page yesterday that the 'Super moon' of Saturday night will cause a 46.3 foot tide at the Rocks on Tuesday. That is a lot of water!
This is the building with the restaurant etc.
We took another trail through a beautiful woods and it came out on a beach below the Hopewell Rocks themselves.
When we got on the beach there was no one else there. We saw moose tracks in the sand heading to the marshland on the right. I think the rock at the end of this row is called Elephant Rock. Around the corner from that is the beach with the Flower Pot rocks where we had just come from.
This is looking down toward Mary's Point and Shepody Mountain.
Some beach artwork. :)
The chocolate pudding mud and a little backwater. Soon this would all be under water.
And that was our visit to the Hopewell Rocks. Here is another link to visit if you wish more information - Tourism New Brunswick - Hopewell Rocks. It was such a great day weather wise although there were thunder storms going on across the river all afternoon and we drove to Moncton through a couple of rain showers, but to be at the Rocks and it be so hot was rare. I've been there on cold, windy, foggy and misty days in the past. We traveled to Moncton and met some good friends for supper after stopping at a couple of vintage shops along the way. I may share those another day. ;)
We were stopped at a traffic light in Riverview where the bridge crosses over the Petitcodiac River to Moncton and I snapped this picture of the beautiful flowers beside the road. I also love the decorative streetlights in Riverview.
After dinner with our friends we went for ice cream (of course!) and then the 4 of us drove out Mountain Rd. to Lutes Mountain to see the new sub-division of beautiful homes. We stopped to take a photo of the sunset from the top and it was spectacular!
Here is a hazy view of Moncton from Lutes Mountain. It was still lightening over in the distance. I wish I could have caught a flash.
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have a great week and a happy September 1st. I'll be back soon with another post of our travels that weekend.