The Hopewell Rocks or Flowerpot Rocks, as they are also known, are located in Hopewell Cape about 30 minutes south of Moncton. They were created from the massive tides that the Bay of Fundy has each day. The key to really enjoying yourself at the Hopewell Rocks is to be there when the tide is low, so you can walk on the ocean floor.
When you first arrive, you do have to pay an admission to enter the park area. The cost was $9 for adults and children under 4 were free. There were other rates for senior citizens and students as well. There is a hike from the entry area so you also have the option to pay for a shuttle down to the rocks. I would definitely recommend the shuttle if you or someone in your party, whether a senior citizen or a small child, can’t make the walk up and down a steep trail. It’s best to save your energy for the stairs you have to take down to the ocean floor. If you can make the walk down and not up, then you have the option to take the shuttle up as well.
The process of the tides coming in and out in this area is not really quick. It’s actually about a 6-hour process for the tides to go out and then for the Hopewell Rock area to fill up. The tide height varies each day as well. So, to determine the best time to see and walk on the ocean floor is to look at the tide charts online. You can walk on the ocean floor 3.5 hours before and after the low tide time. When you arrive, they have a sign with a more accurate timeframe for you to walk as well. Your ticket is good for two days as well, so if you aren’t going to be able to see the high or low tides, you can see them on one or the other day.
As you walk on the ocean floor, be sure to look at the walls of the rocks as well as the unique erosion caused by the water on the rocks. On the rocks you will see a lot of snail shells and plants. Also look at the rocks on the ground, because there are various bits of agate and granite. The floor of the ocean is not all mud either, so if you have good tennis shoes or hiking boots on, then you will be fine. You would think that it’s mud, but it’s actually quite rocky.
While it is ideal to also see the rocks when the tide is high, we didn’t have time to stay around. We had actually planned to see the tides the day before, but it was raining all day long and we had to cancel our plans. Instead we hung out at our room at Wendy Johnston’s Artisan Suites and then later went to a community turkey dinner. Before checking out the next morning, we threw on our clothes about 9:45 and made our way down to the rocks, which is just about 2 kilometers from The Artisan Suites.
Here’s a time lapse video of the entire tide process.