Worth a Trip: Hopewell Rocks

At Hopewell Cape, where the Petitcodiac River empties into Shepody Bay, are the Hopewell Rocks. The 'rocks' are bizarre sandstone erosion formations known as 'flowerpots,' which rise from the ocean floor. They resemble giant arches, stone mushrooms and ice-cream cones. Visitors marvel at their Dr Seussian look, making the rocks New Brunswick's top attraction (and certainly one of its most crowded). You can only walk amid the rocks at low tide – check the tide tables at any tourist office or area hotel. At high tide, the rock towers are still visible from the well-trafficked trails that wind through the woods above. For a different perspective, Baymount Outdoor Adventures offers two-hour kayaking tours around the rocks.

The park features a large interpretive center with educational displays, two cafes and picnic areas (stock up and take your own). In high season there are traffic jams and a lot of people (on the staircases).

Most visitors head here as a day trip from Moncton or en route along Fundy Bay. But if you do decide to try to see early or late tides, there are several motels in the Hopewell Rocks vicinity. The Hopewell Rocks Motel & Country Inn has 39 tidy rooms, a heated pool and an adjacent lobster restaurant. Prices are halved in the low season.

Despite tourist buses being available, Hopewell Rocks is easiest visited with your own wheels. There is a massive car park, though this gets packed in summer.