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For thousands of years, the massive tides of the Bay of Fundy have been patiently sculpting their masterpiece in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick. With over twenty free-standing sea stacks peppered along two kilometers of shoreline, no Atlantic Canadian vacation is complete without experiencing these icons. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, wait six hours as the Ocean Floor transforms in ways you wouldn’t have believed possible. Our Park admission is valid for two consecutive days to ensure you have the flexibility to see both high and low tides. Sturdy footwear is recommended for exploring our trails and shoreline. Be sure to check our tide times prior to your visit to see when it will be safe to explore our Ocean Floor.
Our sea stacks (also known as flowerpots) come in an astounding variety of sizes and shapes. Guests need only gaze upon them to understand why they were given the whimsical names of Elephant, Bear, Dinosaur, ET, and even Mother-in-Law. With a little imagination, guests are greeted by new rock-characters around every corner. The Hopewell Rocks is designed to be a self-guided park but helpful Interpretive staff are available throughout the grounds to answer any questions you may have.
Ocean Floor Access
The Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park has three primary access points to the Ocean Floor. Main Deck offers a large metal staircase complete with a spacious viewing platform. Guests can descend the 99 stairs to the ocean floor and after exploring, can boast bragging rights to having climbed the 101 steps back to the top. For those who are not a fan of stairs, venturing a little further towards North Beach grants you access to a ramp with benches strategically placed along the incline. Although the ramp is suitable for wheelchairs, many find the ocean floor to be too challenging to navigate on wheels. Finally, the treasures of Demoiselle await those who walk the trail leading South from behind the Interpretive Centre. This Ocean Floor access requires no stairs or ramps as the trail gently descends to sea level. No matter which Ocean Floor access point you choose, the shoreline can be fully explored at low tide. Your stroll will be relatively easy until reaching the ledges. Many use the Ledges as a turnaround point but our more adventurous guests may choose to clamber over this outcrop ridge of limestone rock. Caution must be used as the Ledges are often slippery and can shift under foot.
Our network of well-groomed, wheelchair friendly trails are the lifeline of the park. Stunning lookoffs, secluded vistas, ocean floor access, and natural forests are all just a short walk from our main building. For those who prefer a more direct route to the main attraction, a shuttle service is available to take you from the Interpretive Centre to the top of our stairway that leads to the Ocean Floor for a nominal fee.
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1 - Ocean Floor Access Trail
Accessible, gravel trail that takes you to the ocean floor
2 - Demoiselle Beach Trail
Dirt Road trail through the woods to Desmoiselle Beach
3 - Ocean Floor (Low Tide)
Come walk the ocean floor and discover all of the coves!