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If you are from the same area as I am, Southeastern New Brunswick, there is a good chance you have been to the Hopewell Rocks - probably in summer. I have been there in the summer so many times I've lost track. They are known around the world, and for good reason. They are incredible. They show the awesome power that the highest tides in the world hold. The tides have shaped these giant rocks into what they are. Unfortunately, year after year we see more of them crumbling. So, time may be ticking on being able to see them.
BUT until a few years ago, I had never been there in the winter. For our anniversary a few years ago, Kyle and I went snowshoeing down to the rocks. We have gone almost every winter since. We later discovered that you don't have to put in all the effort of snowshoeing down, you can drive almost right to them.
So a few month ago, we had some friends visiting from Switzerland, and we decided to take them. I mean, you've got to admit, it's pretty authentically New Brunswick: winter, rocks, and the Bay of Fundy.
So, here's something to add to your winter bucket list.
BUT keep in mind:
The main stairs are usually closed and pulled up to get down to the beach because of the ice that comes in with the tides. So, you probably have to find another way down unless you're far more talented and coordinated than I am. To the left of the main stairs, toward the lower parking lot, there is a smaller set of stairs with less of a drop. They are also pulled up, but the drop is much more manageable. I don't know if that's allowed (so shhhhh), and do so at your own risk ;).
Also, this is the home of the HIGHEST TIDES IN THE WORLD. Watch the tide chart, which you can find right here: http://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/learning-centre/tide-tables
Once you're down there, also watch the tides because they come in quickly, and they cover the set of stairs we took first, so if you're not paying attention it's easy to get trapped. That's a big time no-no. We don't want that. It easy to forget about the time while you're down there looking at such an amazing piece of nature, but be safe!
As always, Harper came along. This is definitely a Harper approved outing :)