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Tide Tables

Tide Tables

You'll want to visit the Hopewell Rocks during both high tide and low tide so you can truly appreciate the height and range of the highest tides in the world.

Your entrance fee for the Hopewell Rocks is valid for two consecutive days. This means you can return at any time during that period in order to see both the high and low tides.

The time span between low and high tide is 6 hours and 13 minutes. This presents a unique opportunity to walk on the ocean's floor from 3.5 hours before low tide until 3.5 hours after, so it's important to check the tide tables before you visit.

On average, the ocean floor at our site is completely accessible from one end to the other (2kms./1.25 miles) 2.5 hours before and after low tide, 90% accessible 3 hours on either side of low tide and 80% accessible 3.5 hours on either side of low tide. There are varying degrees of accessibility up until 4 hours on either side of low tide. These time periods can fluctuate somewhat depending on certain variables.

Is it better to see high tide or low tide? It's your choice!

See high tide first. Some visitors prefer to see the high tide first and then return later to walk the ocean floor and explore the beach, coves and flowerpot rock formations.

See low tide first. Others want to explore the beach and flowerpot rocks first, then return to see those same formations surrounded by water, as the highest tides in the world fill the Bay of Fundy.

See both in the same day. Many visitors make plans to stay for the whole day. They walk the ocean floor, then stay to watch the shift between low and high tides. It's fun to see how quickly the tide comes in.

Tide times vary daily and on some days access to the ocean floor may fall outside of hours of operation.

Check the tide schedule prior to arrival as this will guide you in your decision.  Because there are very specific times at low tide that allow you to walk the ocean floor, you will want to walk during the times posted.   As the tide rises, you will then be guided to the stairway by our Interpreters for your safety.

 From the large stairway viewing decks you can then experience watching the rising tide.  See both in the same day. Many visitors make plans to stay for the whole day. They walk the ocean floor, then stay to watch the shift between low and high tides. It’s fun to see how quickly the tide comes in. Some days it may not be possible to see both tides on the same day, due to tide times, hours of operations and your arrival time on site, for those reasons, you pass to the site is always good for 2 consecutive days.

Note that both High tide and Low tide can be either in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the evening,  as they change each day, advancing by approximately 50 minutes each day”.

There are many things to do and see within the park, but we recommend visitors plan to stay at least four hours to really appreciate the experience.

Can I visit after closing time?

Please be advised that should you decide to visit after hours, services are not available and you visit entirely at your own risk.
There are limited parking spaces available just outside the gates, at the parking lot entrance, and along the road leading to the gates. We ask that you exercise caution while entering or exiting vehicles or when walking along the road for moving traffic.

Tide Tables for the Current Season

The Hopewell Rocks provides tide tables in PDF format for easy downloading and printing.  (This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

The tide tables listed here include high and low tides during our open season and hours of operation. If you plan to visit during the off-season (mid-October to mid-May), check the tide tables on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website and read our page on safety.

How do I read tide charts?

High and low tides occur at a different time each day and water levels also vary each day. The numbers in the meters and feet columns  indicate  tide heights.

High tide at the Hopewell Rocks means the water level may be anywhere from 10 to 14 metres (32 to 46 feet). The higher the value in feet or metres  the higher the water level. 

 

In this example the chart shows you that on the 1st of the month:

  • High tide will be at 12:53, with a water level of 12.9metres / 42.3 feet
  • The tide will be at its lowest at 07:06
  • The area in green indicates when you will be able to walk on the ocean floor, in this example from 03:36 until 10:36 (3.5 hours before and 3.5 hours after the absolute low tide)
  • Note - for your safety and security, access to the park will only be granted at opening hours (i.e. 08:00 or 09:00 and no earlier)
  • A second low tide, at 19:26 will allow ocean floor access from 15:56 until 22:56
  • The park will be closing at either 17:00, 19:00 or 20:00, depending on what part of the season you visit
  • An automated gate will allow you to leave the site after closing.  Please see our hours of operation for seasonal park hours

 Remember this is only an example, the tide changes by approximately 50 minutes each day, so make sure to check the exact date that you intend to visit, so that you know the tide times for that day and therefore ensure your safety.

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Season Dates 2019

May 17 - June 21 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 22 - Aug 16 - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Aug 17 - Sept 02 - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sept 03 - Oct 14 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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