New Brunswick’s Fundy coast are miles of untouched coastline, and it is here where you can find the highest tides in the world. And this is the real reason we stopped and spent some time in this area. With the time we had, we visited the best spots to explore the Bay of Fundy.
The first day in New Brunswick, we explored Hopewell Rocks, a popular attraction and one not to be missed if visiting the area. Set on the coast of Bay of Fundy, you can walk on the ocean floor at Hopewell during low tide and see the rock formations. At high tide, the water can go up as high as 52 feet or 16 meters.
Both time and tide have carved the cliffs and coves, creating distinctive sandstone formations. Some of the rocks are called “flowerpot” because of the way they look. Others have nicknames inspired by their appearances, such as Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock, and ET to name a few. During our walk on the beach, we observed these rock formations and had our own moments of pareidolias as well.
We visited before sunset, so the atmosphere was a bit dark, especially with the dense clouds hanging above. Despite so, it was worth the visit and we enjoyed the exploration.
Fundy Trail Parkway
Fundy Trail is the ultimate Bay of Fundy eco-experience, a parkway trail that provides a spectacular coastal experience with many scenic lookouts. Being a multi-use trail, you can bike, walk, hike, or drive through. It is closed off, completely void of other traffic, which we thought was a nice touch.
Through the whole 12 miles (19km) of Parkway, we drove and walked, visiting every lookout. Some of the lookouts required a little bit of walking and provided hiking opportunities.
There were also footpaths to beaches and a suspension footbridge that only allowed ten people on at a time.
St. Martin Sea Caves
In the cute coastal village of Saint Martin, we made a stop at Sea Caves while en route to Fundy Trail. We arrived late morning when it was low tide. In the picture below you can see how the caves are fully opened, and how far back the tide has retracted.
On our return from Fundy Trail, we stopped here once again to view the difference at high tide, and you can see how drastic it is.
We really enjoyed our time exploring the Bay of Fundy. It was a good end to our trip, and we were ready to head back to Quebec the next day.