Our trip to the Canadian Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island was over all too soon. We made our way to the airport to catch our flight to Toronto, where we had a seven hour layover before heading home to Saskatchewan.
As we flew further, and further, away, we know we’d like to return someday.
Good-bye for now, Atlantic Canada!
Our recent trip to Eastern Canada included a visit to the popular Hopewell Park. The stars of the show there are the Hopewell Rocks.
Our visit took place sometime between high and low tides, so the rock bases weren’t visible. At low tide, the thin columns hardly look strong enough to hold the weight of the giant monoliths, and there have been collapses in the past.
This formation is the Diamond Rock.
The park trails take hikers to various vantage points where there is a new point of interest to experience and photograph.
The Flowerpot Rocks also have slim columns that are visible at low tide. You can just see the top of the columns beginning to appear.
And some rocks come into view only if the visitor remains alert, and observant.
At low tide visitors are allowed to walk the seabed. We were about halfway down the stairs to the caves, but were stopped by a warning sign, on a chain, that blocked our way. Some pigeons were feasting on the small delicacies left on the seabed as the tide receded.
The brown water is a result of mud and silt mixing with sea water in the constant churning brought about by the world’s fastest and highest tides in this, the Fundy Region of New Brunswick.
On our early summer trip to Eastern Canada, we were treated to many beautiful sights. Some of the most awesome of these were found at Hopewell Park in New Brunswick. On the way there, we passed the Chocolate (Petitcodiac) River. The Tidal Bore, caused by the Bay of Fundy tides, occurs twice daily. The water in the River rolls back upstream in one wave that can go up to 60 cm (19.5 inches) in height.
Hopewell Park is part of the Fundy region, where the tides can reach up to 15 metres (50 ft), about the height of a four-storey building, twice daily. The tides can rise an amazing 12 vertical feet per hour, so the area has attendants on staff to guide visitors off the ocean floor, out of the coves, and rock caves, when it’s not safe.
The trails are bordered by lush ferns, flowering shrubs, and interesting tree forms.
On some trees is a type of algae that grows in conjunction with lichens.
One of the park’s visitors decided this smiley rock needed some eyes.
Benches are placed along the steep trails in case a little rest is in order.
And here’s just one of the many danger signs in the park.
Driftwood has been used for some interesting displays. Is this one supposed to represent a rake, an anchor, a pick, or what?
Unfortunately, it was too early in the season for these driftwood planters to display any colourful blooms.
The park also had an interpretive centre, some play spots for the kids, and picnic places.
But, the real stars of Hopewell Park are the Hopewell Rocks.
I will feature them in my next post!