Wednesday, June 18, 2014
There are lots of Tourism opportunities in Atlantic Canada, and one of the most "world famous" attractions is "The Rocks" at Hopewell Cape, Albert County, New Brunswick. Here, you can see the direct effects of what are, as a real fact, the "world's highest tides". Certainly, there are plenty of places on earth with high tides, but this place holds the true record of being the world's highest, and also has an incredibly interesting collection of gigantic rock formations on the beach that are continuously being carved out by this tidal phenomenon.
The huge rocks, with evergreen trees growing on top of them, stand aloft like sky-scrapers, and look dangerously ready to topple over, or in some cases begin a rock-slide. For well over a Century, these have been under observation, and in that time, none have actually toppled over that I'm aware of, but rock-slides are quite frequent, and could happen at any time. The Department of Tourism has made this a gold mine, with a fee of $14 per Adult to enter the site, but they're giving back a lot for this fee in terms of visitor safety, and a great Interpretation Centre, with plenty of staff, including tour guides. Below is a picture of our very worthy and witty Sherpa, Paul:
You can also see one of my friends Joe in the background, trying to start a rock-slide. I highly recommend requesting a Tour Guide in order to get the most from your visit. If you have health issues that would prevent you from taking a long (and steep) hike (there are almost 110 stair-steps to go up and down to the beach), there are tour carts available with which to make the trek too.
Although "The Rocks" is probably one of the most photographed (and painted) places on earth, a camera is an absolute must-have at this site. It doesn't have to be a good one either, and in fact, it can be a treacherous hike with lot's of slippery muck and stones underfoot, so if you want to keep your good camera safe, even though you might suffer a minor fall yourself, leave the good camera at home. It really is the type of attraction where a cheap camera will serve you very well, as you'll be shooting wide-angle, and want plenty of depth most of the time anyway (both of these things means a simple point and shoot will be fine). There's no harm in adding to the billions of photographs already taken here down through the years- just because it's all been done before doesn't mean you can't make a few breath-taking photos of your own! Here's a link to the photos that Kathy and I took during our tour with a group of good friends. And here are a few more for your immediate viewing: