In addition to the Special Events that we plan throughout the season, you’ll find plenty to do at the Hopewell Rocks, whether it's high tide or low tide.
Part of the Hopewell Rocks experience is a beach walk along the ocean's floor among the flowerpot-like formations. The beach is accessed from a set of stairs off the main viewing deck and stairs/ramp beside the lower parking lot.
Allow at least two hours to walk and explore the entire length of the beach area.
The beach is a relatively easy walk until reaching The Ledges, which is an outcrop ridge of limestone rock on the southern end of the beach. The more adventurous may clamber over these rocks to reach Demoiselle Beach on the other side, however use caution; rocks and boulders may be slippery.
We recommend sturdy and washable footwear, as some beach areas are muddy. There are several boot wash areas throughout the park for cleaning muddy footwear.
Visitors may safely explore the beach for 3 hours before low tide, until 3 hours after low tide (check tide tables for the day of your visit). As the tide comes in and water levels rise, interpretive staff will clear areas of the beach that become submerged quickly.
To fully appreciate the tidal phenomenon of the Bay of Fundy, plan to view both high and low tides.
Please Note: while every effort has been made to make the Hopewell Rocks accessible to all, we regret that due to its composition, the ocean floor is not wheelchair accessible
Kayaking the Hopewell Rocks is a unique adventure and experience, particularly during the shorebird migration. Guided kayaking tours are offered daily at high tide by Baymount Outdoor Adventures, an independent operator. Baymount has an information kiosk near the parking area on the lower site. (see Park Map)
Tours should be reserved in advance as they fill up quickly during the peak summer season.
Contact Baymount Outdoor Adventures for more information (506-734-2660 or 1-877-601-2660) or visit their website.
If you wish to launch your own kayak and paddle without the benefit of an experienced guide, you must sign a waiver at the visitor information desk. You will also require permission to drive your vehicle to the lower site where you can off-load your kayak.The best opportunity for kayaking occurs from 2 hours before high tide until 2 hours after, as water levels are high enough for easy beach access. Outside this time frame, water levels retreat quickly, exposing the sensitive ecozone of the Fundy mud flats.
We strongly advise that you use common sense and caution, as the tides are unpredictable and currents strong. Please check weather and sea conditions prior to your launch.
For your safety we ask that you make yourself familiar with the Transport Canada Sea Kayaking Guide before asking to get access to the site for launching your crafts. The guide can be found at the following location:
We ask that you please return at least one half hour before closing time so that our staff can let you out through the locked gates.