Walk on the Ocean’s Floor

People walking on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. Photo: New Brunswick Tourism and Parks

We have mentioned that extraordinary vertical variance of the Bay of Fundy’s great tides in many of our reasons to visit Fundy. Near the head of the Bay, towering sea cliffs and sea stacks are exposed at low tide with a vertical variance that can exceed 50 feet or 15 metres.

The horizontal variance between low and high tide is equally astonishing – up to 3 miles or 5 kilometers. You do, however, have to be careful when you explore the exposed ocean floor because the water can rush back in at over 10 meters per minute! As a general rule, the ocean floor is accessible for exploring three hours before and three hours after low tide.

Therefore during Fundy’s low tide cycle you are literally able to walk, and explore, the ocean floor.

Ground covered only a few short hours earlier is revealed and the potential for finding newly exposed treasures, such as fossils, sea glass and semi-precious stones, make it easy to spend hours combing the shores.

This was the 52nd (and last) article in our “52 Reasons to visit the Bay of Fundy” series. Click here to check out the full list of reasons to visit the Bay of Fundy!

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    Teresa

    Do you need to wear old shoes or flip flops to walk out on the ocean floor at The Bay of Fundy? Just wondering since we will be there in about 3 weeks:)

      Mike Postma

      You don’t absolutely have to, a lot of people will just walk around on their bare feet. In a lot of spots it’s just soft mud and most rocks are nice and round because of the erosion caused by the tides. Of course I can’t 100% guarantee there won’t be anything sharp on the ocean floor, so if you have an old pair of shoes you don’t mind getting muddy it’s a little safer to wear those.

    Tracy

    Is there an area that is like this on the Nova Scotia side?

      Mike Postma

      Yes there is! You can walk on the ocean floor in Blomidon Park (near Wolfville).

    Colleen

    Can you drive right up to these scenic views at hope well rocks on New Brunswick. And can you drive to the bay of fundy to see the tide. Rather then hiking into these places?

      Mike Postma

      You can almost drive right up to the views at Hopewell Rocks. The last bit is an easy 15-20 minute walk. If you do not wish to walk or have mobility issues, you can also use their shuttle service: http://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/plan-your-visit/shuttle-service

      There are plenty of places along the Bayoffundy where you can drive right up to see the tides. Pretty much any wharf will fit the bill. My personal favourite is Halls Harbour, check out this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbzwzrZXUKA) and you’ll see you can park right next to the tides. There’s also a great little restaurant there, overlooking the tides.

        Kim MacDonald

        The question on where can you see the tides in Nova Scotia, similar to Hopewell Rocks is at Burntcoat Head Park in East Hants, Nova Scotia. You can take a great hike on the ocean floor.

        Burntcoat is THE site of the world’s highest recorded tides. They aren’t at Hopewell Rocks…and Blomidon near Wolfville doesn’t allow you to experience the tides as you do at Burntcoat.

        Check it out next summer! It is beautiful.

        http://www.burncoathead.com/

    Donna Cook

    Enjoy seeing it & I can’t wait to see it again

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