Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park

This provincial park is situated by the Bay of Fundy where one hundred billion tonnes to water flows in and out of this narrow bay twice a day. Because of the enormous amount of water, the water level rises by two metres per hour, meaning the level can rise as much as fourteen metres, depending on the position of the moon and sun. It is not surprising that this bay is famous for its giant tides. 

Even more famous are the rock formations within Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. According to a First Nation legend, an unlucky Mi’kmaq racing to the beach from angry whales was turned to stone by the whales. A trail into Hopewell Rocks led to a lookout where stairs descended to the slushy beach. Unique rock formations lined more than five hundred metres of the shoreline, but sections were closed off in case the constant erosion from the giant tides caused sections to break off.

At the tail end of the Bay of Fundy are Daniels Mudflats that are four kilometres wide and stretch along the Bay of Fundy almost to Grindstone Island about twenty kilometres in the distance. There was once a quarry on the island, but now the island is reinhabited by gulls, cormorants and heron. In a twenty square centimetre patch of mud it is possible to find thirty thousand mud shrimp. It’s no wonder these mudflats are a rich source of food for as many as twenty million migratory shorebirds that visit the site.