Hopewell Rocks Really Rock

On our last trip to New Brunswick we went to see the Hopewell Rocks. We’d been wanting to go for awhile now, but it never happened. This time our daughter actually scheduled a time for us to go between bites of birthday cake (Yes, Miss Charlotte turned one year only recently) and trips to Princess Auto.

These beautiful rocks have been carved out by the Bay of Fundy millions of years ago. They’re also called the giant Flowerpot Rocks.


From a writerly point of view, there are so many inspiring places in nature. Aren’t there? Could you imagine yourself standing at the top of one of these Flowerpots looking down into the Bay? What is it about nature that inspires us the way man-made structures cannot? I’m not sure anyone has ever looked at a paved parking lot or a skyscraper and felt inspired.

Have you found a favourite place that inspires you? Is there some place in nature you’re looking forward to visiting, Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon, The Pyramids?

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  1. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Amazing! Thank you for sharing the photos.

    I like mountains. I lived for a short time in Nashville, Tennessee. The hills were beautiful. I called them mountains, but my friends told me they were hills. They were lovely, whatever they were. Blessings…

    • They are quite amazing. We weren’t able to go down on the beech because it was closed, but we’re hoping to get closer this summer. I’ve only ever seen pictures of mountains, but maybe one day..who knows?

  2. Melanie

     /  April 30, 2011

    The photos turned out great! Hopefully we’ll be able to go again and get an even better look sometime this summer.

  3. That’s spectacular. I love things like this.
    There are so many things I want to see: the Brazilian rainforest, Easter Island, Stonehenge … I could go on forever. Tropical oceans are something I can never get enough of. Negril, Jamaica is paradise.

    • I agree Tricia, so many spectacular things in nature. To tell the truth I haven’t even dared compile of list of things I’d like to see. It’s always nice to dream, though!

  4. Fabulous pictures! Thanks for sharing Laura. There is so much in my own country I have yet to see. I hate to admit I haven’t been to Naigra Falls. So much of nature is inspiring and there are many spots here on the west coast that serve that purpose. But also get inspired in big cities. I love the variety of people and the architecture. Barcelona certainly inspired me in my writing. So many places to visit – so little time.

    • I often think that too, Darlene, that we have many spectacular things to see right here in Canada. I can’t ever imagine that I’ll go outside the country, but miracles do happen. Since you are a traveller I’m sure you’ll be off to many more adventures, many more places.

  5. What a beautiful place. I hope you were able to enjoy every second!!

    • Thanks for dropping in and for your comment! It is a very beautiful place, and quite unique in its own way! We has a wonderful time on our visit, can hardly wait to go back.

  6. Stunning. We’re coming out next fall and maybe if I ask very nicely, we’ll get to the rocks too. New Brunswick is so beautiful.

    • That would be nice. Maybe we’ll even be there at the same time. :) I mean stranger things have happened. Right?

  7. These are quite amazing by design, like pedestals. I love anything and everything nature has to offer. Except maybe the weeds in my flower bed…
    I always wanted to see Niagara Falls, until I saw a tv program about them, which seemed to take away the luster of my dream.

    • What, you don’t like the weeds? lol! I don’t really like black flies and mosquitoes. Jokes aside, there are so many wonderful things to see in nature.

  8. Andy

     /  May 1, 2011

    Love the pictures Laura…….we were there many years ago & it has always stayed with me as one of the nicest / most interesting places that I have ever seen…..It’s Great !!

    • Glad you enjoyed the photos, Andy! And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It’s nice to know who’s out there reading. I’m looking forward to getting up closer to the rocks this summer, and hopefully the weather will be a bit warmer.

  9. Cindy Ritz

     /  May 1, 2011

    The Hopewell Rocks were a beautiful part of our trip down East yet Princess Auto is a frequent stop in this area…

    • Hi Cindy! Nice of you to drop in. Funny how those Princess Auto trips always seem to be a must. We live so far away from Princess Auto so whenever we go to Moncton Brian just has to go. If we lived handy he’d be making very frequent trips, I’m sure. :)

  10. I love the way the trees are able to survive, clinging to those rocks! Thanks for sharing – are you available for coffee one day this week?

    • Yes!! This might very well be my last week of freedom for awhile. I’ll send an email. Can hardly wait to catch up.

  11. Lovely pictures, Laura. I haven’t been to the Rocks, yet, but will within the next few years. Each summer, I take the kids on several ‘road trips’. I have a navigator in the front seat, pouring over the map book, ticking off the places as we pass through, and a communication officer in the back who answers the cell phone if it rings. The third ‘personnel’ is on break in the back seat. They switch positions at various stops. So far, we’ve covered much of the perimetre of Nova Scotia, stopping at every provincial (and non-provincial) beach we can find.

    There are so many beautiful and unique places in Atlantic Canada that I’ll spend the next five or six years exploring them and sharing them with the kids.

    Places on my bucket list include: L’anse Meadows in Newfoundland, glaciers in Alaska, Grand Canyon, Isle of Skye, Sable Island, Iceland and Stonehenge.

    • Thanks Diane. It’s well worth making the trip and not so far from where you are, although I understand the challenges of travelling with kids, God love them. :)

      We do have many great places to visit in Atlantic Canada. We used to take our kids to various places around the province when they were little as well. I’m hoping to make it to Joggins sometime this year. Sounds like a cool place to visit. Hopefully, we’ll be able to squeeze out the time.Summer and fall are super busy for us.

  12. I like The Rocks too, Laura…I hope you get a chance to drive further down the Fundy coast some time…St. Martins, Saint John, St. George, and St. Andrews are also beautiful!


    • They’re pretty spectacular, Wendy. So glad we were able to go this time. I’ll keep those other places in mind. Usually, we only go for the weekend and that doesn’t give us much time.

  13. Where I live in St Augustine provides plenty in the way of inspiration & I’ve posted plenty of pictures in the past. It’s funny that you posted this now – Deb & I were just talking over the weekend about maybe spending a month or 2 in Nova Scotia in the not so distant future – check out the family history & write from the edge of the water.

    • If you get to Nova Scotia we’ll have to try and have coffee. There’s a matter of a book I might like to have signed by the author, too. Let me know what your plans are, perhaps something can be arranged. Ever been to Vittles? I hear it’s where all the really cool authors hang out..LOL!

  14. Marie

     /  May 3, 2011

    Laura, love your pictures! This is one of my many favorite places in Atlantic Canada. Hope you get down to the ocean floor the in the summer…lots of steps to climb back up, but it is well worth it!

    • Yes Marie, I’m definitely hoping to get down at ocean level. We do have many beautiful places in our area.


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