Travel: Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

The first time I visited Hopewell Rocks was in 1992. I was 11. We stopped because our car broke down on the way to Newfoundland, giving us an impromptu vacation in New Brunswick. It’s a long story but the good part is that I was introduced to the Bay of Fundy before it became a huge tourist mecca. I say this because when planning my current road trip I wanted to revisit Hopewell Rocks to see if they were as majestic as I remembered. They are, but the experience is a little different. Now there is a huge visitor’s center and bus loads of tourists stop off every day in the summer. Plus, there was apparently a huge advertising campaign about the region which added the site to many more travel itineraries.

The day I was there they had 3500+ people go through the gate. In 1992, I think there might have been 10 people on the beach, including my family of four. It’s great to see so many people interested in this location but it does beg the question, “Will Hopewell Rocks be loved to death?” I hope not. I hope the money raised through admissions will go towards preserving this amazing rock formation for future generations. It is an incredible site, but perhaps summer is not the best time to visit…

The website has tons of information about how the structures were formed, tide charts, area history and visitor information.

Hopewell Rocks at low tide

At high tide

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