Hopewell Rocks

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After our narrow escape from 400 tourists at Peggy's Cove, NS, Sue and I continued on our road trip of the Maritimes. We headed to the ferry from Digby to Saint John, New Brunswick. I had booked the trip online and under the section "Frequently asked questions", I found out that: We would be travelling on The Princess of Acadia; the trip would be 72kms and take 3hours; The Bay of Fundy has the largest tidal bore in the World at 56 feet from high tide to low tide; the water never freezes and varies only 5 degrees from summer to winter; also, whales are seen quite often. Time to get the binoculars out. The crossing was relatively smooth and Sue spotted two whales. I spotted lots of seagulls.

We headed to Fredericton to visit our friends Tom and Ulrica. Tom suggested he and I join up with the Capital City Runners running club. Fortunately, I had thrown a pair of runners in the suitcase, so we met the group at 5.30pm and headed out for slow run. That's the great thing about running, go to any town or city and check out the local club's running schedule. They always welcome visiting runners.

I started chatting with a member named Gabriella, who works at the University, and had started a Right To Play club. She mentioned the Prince Edward Island Marathon coming up the following Sunday, in Charlottetown. It had to be fate because Sue and I had planned to be in Charlottetown for the weekend.

After saying goodbye to our friends, we headed to one of nature's outstanding features, the Hopewell Rocks. These rocks, nicknamed "The Flowerpots", are located on the shores of the upper reaches of the Bay of Fundy, at Hopewell Cape, near Moncton, New Brunswick. Due to the extreme tidal range of the Bay of Fundy, the base of the formations are covered in water twice a day. We arrived at the site at 10am and, fortunately, hit low tide. This meant we were able to view them from ground level. We scrambled down a rickety wooden ladder and spent an hour exploring.

The Bay of Fundy is trying to be voted as one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World" .At the exit to the park, there was a kiosk where we could cast our vote. Check out www. Votemyfundy.com and make this Canadian marvel one of the next "Seven New World Wonders".

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Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick: Low tide

Hopewell Rocks

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