Day 7 – A zoo and rocks, too!

We got up earlier today, with two things on our agenda. One, we wanted to look at the Hopewell Rocks. That, however, is dependent on the tides. We didn’t want to spend the whole day there watching the tides go up and down, so we took the morning to do our second thing – the zoo at Magnetic Hill.

It’s a nice little zoo, 40 acres, 70-some species, including the ever-popular big cats. They have cougars, black jaguars, lions, tigers, and an Amur leopard. They also have zebras, including a beautiful little foal. My heart was stolen by the peccaries, which were in the first enclosure we visited. They were just so plump and cute! After we’d been all around the zoo and looked at and photographed everything, I went back to draw the peccaries. Wouldn’t you know it, they all three hung out down at the back of the enclosure and hardly showed themselves at all. The trick to drawing animals is to pick your critter and wait for it to come around again so you can fill in a little more detail. Only these guys weren’t coming around at all! I still managed a small drawing, which will do as a reminder of the real thing.

Then we went to the Hopewell Rocks. This is the place where the highest tides in the world happen, on the Bay of Fundy. Our guide, Kevin, explained that this had to do not only with the amount of water coming in, but with the shape and depth of the Bay of Fundy. It’s funnel-shaped, and very deep at the wide end, but becomes shallower as it narrows, leaving the water nowhere to go but pile up, so to speak. This means that the high tide can reach 46′, although even the lowest of high tides is 32′. These tides have sculpted the “flowerpot rocks” of the bay, and at low tide you can walk on the seafloor among the rocks. At high tide you can kayak around their tops. Very cool.

7 dr foX at hopewell rocks

This is the Lovers’ Arch – the top of the arch is 18′, and at the highest high tide, it is full of water. The tide has to rise 28 feet just to get to the foot of the rocks.

7 the lovers arch

After we left Hopewell Rocks, we stopped for a lobster dinner – our first this trip, but probably not the only one we’ll eat. Then we drove to Amherst and the hotel where we’ll be spending the next three nights. That will be relaxing. Dr Fox wanted his picture taken on the lighthouse that welcomes visitors to Nova Scotia. David found a way – he’s our hero!


The downtown old-town part of Amherst has some lovely buildings in it, and we expect we’ll be spending some time photographing them over the next few days.

David also managed to find a greenhouse/garden centre where he scored a cactus with many flower buds. Attached to it was a market featuring lots of local produce. Although we’re not in the market for vegetables at the moment, I did get some fruit leather, locally made, and some not-nearly-as-sweet-as-usual dried cranberries, which have a very refreshing tang. I also scored some Grand Manan dulse at the Hopewell Rocks gift shop – yay!

Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain, so we have a museum trip lined up. I hope my poor, sore feet have recovered!

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