Province/Territory: New Brunswick

Hopewell Rocks and Bay of Fundy Coastal Tour

  • 53-foot tides
  • 15 whale species
  • 28 covered bridges

The Bay of Fundy has some of the world’s highest tides and is one of the Marine Wonders of the World. Here tides rise as high as 53 vertical feet twice each day. This is a remarkable destination; in addition to the dramatic tides, New Brunswick has a unique culture unlike any other part of the world. Here, knowledgeable guides share their passion of the area, displaying their east coast charm and hospitality. Tour the designated UNESCO Fundy Biosphere and take in the spectacular flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the 15 species of whales heading up the Bay of Fundy. Visit the oldest operational lighthouse on mainland New Brunswick.

Why you should visit
  • Take an all-day, (8-9 hours) personally customized and guided tour through the magnificent Bay of Fundy coastal land-scapes and witness the world’s highest tides at this UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve.
  • Learn why these tides go from being zero feet to 4-storeys high in just over 6 hours as you walk the ocean floor at low tide and stretch your neck looking up at soaring flowerpot-shaped rocks topped with trees.
  • Listen as your guide points out the flowerpots nicknamed Lover’s Arch, Dinosaur Rock and ET, and marvel at the aerobatics of the Bay of Fundy shorebirds during their migration (mid-July to mid-August).
  • Visit the oldest operational lighthouse in the province, on duty since 1840.
  • Enjoy the pleasure of an experiential tour, as your guide points out a Finback, Minke, Humpback or maybe even a rare North Atlantic Right Whale slipping through the waves.

Weather

  • New Brunswick's climate is moderated by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. In the summertime, quite often the mornings are blanketed in fog. The fog usually burns off by mid-morning.
  • Average temperatures for New Brunswick range from: spring -5°C to 22°C, summer 10°C to 25°C, fall 2°C to 20°C and winter -10°C to 4°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Tour details.
  • There is a fair bit of walking on the tour. However, because of the small size of the tour, they are able to accommodate most ability/agility levels. Most attractions provide scenic viewing areas and rest spots for guests who cannot navigate stairs.
  • At the Hopewell Rocks you will find an interpretive centre and gift shop.
  • The Hopewell Rocks Interpretive Centre is wheelchair accessible with wide automatic doors, and ramps for access to parking, the restaurant and trails. There are courtesy vehicles available to assist with transportation to and from the observation deck. However the ocean floor is not wheelchair accessible.
  • All tours include door-to-door shuttle service (in Moncton area), all entrance fees, snacks and beverages.
When to go
  • Tours run from early May to the end of October yearly. The warmer weather of the summer months is the most comfortable time to be outside enjoying the sites and walking along the breezy, ocean’s edge.
  • Tours can be arranged in off season months – conditions apply - exclusive bookings only.
Need to know
  • Visitors may safely explore the beach for 3 hours before low tide, until 3 hours after low tide. Check tide tables before you visit.
  • Morning is the best time to photograph the Rocks.
  • Sturdy and washable footwear is recommended, as some beach areas are muddy. There are several boot wash areas throughout the park for cleaning muddy footwear.
  • Dress in layers as coastal weather can change quickly.
  • Bring along a camera, sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen, sturdy comfortable footwear and an all-weather jacket.
Getting Here