Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hopewell Rocks - Alma, New Brunswick

The view from the stairs.  
Hopewell Rocks was one of our first stops once we got to New Brunswick.  We stayed at Fundy National Park so it was about 40 minutes down the road and we had heard so much about it that we figured we should check it out.  I am glad we did because it was great.  

When I told the girls that we would be walking on the ocean floor they didn't really get what I meant and seemed to think that they would be underwater walking around in scuba suits or something so I was worried they would be disappointed when they discovered that it was basically a muddy beach when the tide is out.  I shouldn't have worried.  They loved it.  My daughter can't wait to tell all her friends at school that she walked on the ocean floor.

The thing my kids liked the best was finding crabs in the little puddles that are left behind on the beach.  At first they were excited to find shells but then they noticed that the shells were moving and had occupants and they were over the moon.  I overheard a woman in the bathroom at Fundy National Park telling another mom that her kids looked for crabs for about an hour so it seems to be a hit with all kids.  
On the hunt for crabs in a puddle
You can't get too close to some of the cliffs and rock formations these days since some of them are unstable, but there is still plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.  My kids liked being able to get up close and personal with some of the big rocks to examine some of the plants that grow on them.  
Found one!
If you are in the area Hopewell Rocks are a must see!

Things to keep in mind:
  • You will get muddy.  Wear shoes that can be rinsed off.  They have a foot washing station at the top of the stairs.  
  • They do have restaurants and a gift shop.  Not much else though.  So you only need a half day at Hopewell Rocks.  
  • You should check the tide tables before planning your visit.  What you see will depend on whether it is high or low tide.  An admission is for 24 hours so you can go back and see both if you want.
  • They do have a shuttle from the entrance to the rocks but you will still need to do the stairs to get down to the beach.  It would be hard for anyone with mobility issues to handle the stairs or the beach for that matter since it is muddy and uneven.  The walk to the stairs isn't long and there are washrooms along the way.

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