Five fun ways to walk on the ocean floor on the Bay of Fundy
1. Visit the Hopewell Rocks
After a six-hour wait for 47 feet of water to recede, you can go down to the ocean floor and get up close and personal with these giant monoliths. Touch their seaweed laden sides and feel the iconic “Hopewell conglomerate” of rock and red sandstone that make up these intriguing formations. Explore the mud and rock beach that is exposed. But be sure to keep an eye on your watch to get back up to the top of the staircase before the tide comes back in!
2. Build a sandcastle at New River Beach
Each summer, thousands flock to New River Beach Provincial Park for their annual sand sculpture competition. It’s a race against the tides to complete your masterpiece and have it judged before it is swept away, clearing the tablet for the next Michelangelo who comes along.
3. Take a hidden road to discover a piece of history
Sir William Van Horne, former President of the Canadian Pacific Railway and best known for overseeing the major construction of the first Canadian transcontinental railway, spent his summers with his family enjoying his estate at Ministers Island, a tidal Island outside of St. Andrews by-the-sea. And just how did he get to this island? By waiting until the 30 foot tides subsided twice a day to reveal a sandbar road. Today, visitors can drive across this sandbar at low tide to visit Van Horne’s summer retreat.
4. Explore a lighthouse
One of New Brunswick’s most iconic lighthouses, the East Quoddy Lighthouse (not to be confused with the West Quoddy Lighthouse in nearby Eastport, Maine) may appear to be connected to Campobello Island by land. At high tide however, 25 feet of water cover the rocks and sand that once allowed the lightkeeper to access his home and workplace.
5. Discover the inside of a sea cave
At St. Martins, you have a chance to go spelunking at low tide to explore sea caves that just hours before you kayaked through. The exposed beach is also great for rockhounding and searching for seashells and sea glass.