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!