As the website says ” Hopewell Rocks is a place to pause…a place to appreciate a remarkable story interwoven through time, tide, and the intricacies of nature. These are the highest tides in the world. And they happen twice a day….every day.”
At the Interpretative Centre we learned about: tide formation; how New Brunswick used to be located close to the equator; and about the Glooscap Legends.
According to Glooscap Legends, the tides of the bay were caused when, the giant Indian God (Glooscap) wanted to take a bath. He called his friend Beaver and told him to find some water. Beaver built a huge dam across the mouth of a great river. Water backed up behind the dam and stopped flowing into the sea. As Glooscap stepped into the water, Whale stuck her head over the dam and asked, “Why have you stopped this water from coming to my domain?” Not wanting to anger his friend, he got up and walked back to land. With a stroke of her mighty tail, Whale destroyed the dam and sent salt water flooding into the river. As she turned and swam back out to sea, she set the water of the Bay sloshing back and forth, a movement it has kept to this day.
Overall, It was a wonderful day and we were yet again a hit with the over 60 crowd ( the only ones around). Who can resist 7 girls adventurous enough to climb and explore, and covered in mud as a result!