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The Bay of Fundy tidal bore sweeps up-stream twice a day and can vary from a few centimetres to a meter in height depending on weather conditions and the phase of the moon. At high tide the water rises by 14 m (46 ft), and at low tide recedes by over 200 m (220 yards).

Over thousands of years these grand tides have shaped the coastline of New Brunswick, creating the iconic Hopewell Rocks, also referred to as the ‘flowerpots’. At some points in the day you can kayak around these huge, weathered lumps of rock, at others they’re completely exposed, and visitors can walk along the ocean floor to admire them up close.

The local visitor centre houses a small museum which offers an interesting insight into the geological formation of Hopewell Rocks, local wildlife and legends of the Mik’maq First Nations, who were the first to settle in the area.

Close by, a magnificent ravine carved by crooked creek serves as one of the backdrops to the sleepy village of Riverside-Albert, nestled at the point where the Shepody River flows through the extensive marshlands to the Shepody Bay.

Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is another extraordinary local phenomenon where vehicles are perceived to travel uphill without any power.

Exploring Riverside-Albert

Today, Riverside-Albert is more highly appreciated for the beautiful homes and buildings of historic architecture located along sedate and shaded streets. Nearby, the Crooked Creek Lookout affords spectacular views of the Crooked Creek Gorge, especially during the fall foliage season. Two of Albert County's historic covered bridges are in Riverside-Albert.

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