Spring Picnic at Demoiselle Beach, Hopewell Rocks

Demoiselle Beach, Hopewell Rocks
The deserted Demoiselle Beach at Hopewell Rocks is ideal for a Spring picnic. Total quiet and solitude!

It is finally starting to feel more like Spring, it’s been grey and cool the last few days, snow still hanging on but a sunny Easter Long Weekend sure helps shake off the winter chill. It’s been grey and cool the last few days, so it is very good that Good Friday is bright and sunny.

Of course the holidays and warm weather can bring out the familiar annoyances: motorcycles are roaring around, people are power washing and vacuuming their vehicles, windows are open and you can hear the coughing of smokers and barking of dogs as people stay home for the holidays.

We saw the dolphin surface here in Riverview. The dorsal fin and back surfaced briefly a few times. It was great to know we have a Dolphin running from the Bay of Fundy up through Moncton and beyond!
We saw the dolphin surface here in Riverview. The dorsal fin and back surfaced briefly a few times. It was great to know we have a Dolphin running from the Bay of Fundy up through Moncton and beyond!

The best thing for us to do to make it really a “Good” Friday is to go out for a nice walk. We went down to the Chocolate Factory in Riverview and did the Riverfront Park Trail to watch the tidal bore. The ice benches along the Peticodiac are starting to melt down and the river is re-gaining her width again as the mud warms and melts from the banks.

The tidal bore was strong with the moon so close to being full. The wave was very fast and the splashing along the rough edges of the river was loud and proud. The sunshine was such a welcome sight! It warmed our bones and made everything look optimistic. We saw the Dolphin again in the river too!

We had first seen the dolphin in the Peticodiac two weeks ago as the tide was going out. We were on the boardwalk watching the chocolatey water and we saw the dorsal fin and back rise out of the water, then dive then rise again and again. It was awesome to see that creature swimming upstream! We had heard tales of dolphins in the Peticodiac but thought it was sort of an urban legend but we saw it.

The ebbing and flowing tides create amazing sculptures of muddy ice. The rich brown clay freezes in odd shapes that look like desert bridges spanning canyons and rivers. Every season is something new on the river and winter is especially interesting with these changing riverbanks that are never the same from day to day.
The ebbing and flowing tides create amazing sculptures of muddy ice. The rich brown clay freezes in odd shapes that look like desert bridges spanning canyons and rivers. Every season is something new on the river and winter is especially interesting with these changing riverbanks that are never the same from day to day.

Then, Good Friday, we saw her again! We’re so happy to have a local Dolphin, maybe we should call her “Mocha”?

After the walk we went back home but it was too nice to stay home, we’ve been in a cocoon all winter, in hibernation and today was a day to be out and about not puttering around the house!

We packed a picnic and went to Hopewell Rocks. We walked from the lower parking lot past the Flower Pots lookout and up to the Information center and then down to the Demoiselle Beach. It’s about a 1.5 km walk along the trail, it was still snowy and I kind of wished I had chosen better footwear. I guess the sunshine had made me think there would be no snow. Oh well, we trekked on!

There were alot of people on the trail, well, not compared to when the park is open but still more than usual for the off-season. And of course there were dogs and dogs and more dogs. Most people leash their dogs but not always. There is always one or two dogs who bark at you and run up and jump or make it look like they will jump and bark in your face and the owner says” Don’t worry he’s friendly!”.

Yeah well you can take your “don’t worry’s” and stuff them in a sack! I’m tired of these bozos with their dogs running loose on trails! I’ve got two words for you: “Me Ow!”.

Our beach chairs are perfect for sitting on the beach even when there is still snow on the ground. The sun was warm enough to keep us very comfortable as we enjoyed homemade soup and watch the tide.
Our beach chairs are perfect for sitting on the beach even when there is still snow on the ground. The sun was warm enough to keep us very comfortable as we enjoyed homemade soup and watch the tide.

Anyway we got to the beach and the tide was high and we had our beach chairs and we sat on the sandy beach and suddenly we were like melted butter! Ahhhhhhhh! Peace and quiet!

There was no wind and the waves were lightly lapping at the shore. The tide was high and only a few meters from our beach chairs but these rapid tides are quite something and it dropped right before our eyes exposing more and more of the sandy and muddy beach.

Gulls flew overhead and the sun smiled down on us and the Bay of Fundy. The rock shoreline cliffs looked like elephants! We will call this Elephant Beach from now on. The stone towers often look like creatures, DD saw a Bison!

There is a sandy spit that stretches out to a grassy area with tufts of rich colored grasses swirling in the salty marshlands. We saw some deer and what looked like Moose tracks.

Creeping along the sandy beach, a spit extending out is surrounded by low swirling grasses. The brackish area is marsh and it's incredible to see these hearty grasses surviving along this shore.
Creeping along the sandy beach, a spit extending out is surrounded by low swirling grasses. The brackish area is marsh and it’s incredible to see these hearty grasses surviving along this shore.

We had homemade soup, peanut butter pretzel pillows, cheese, bread, fruits, cookies…OMG was it ever tasty! We walked the beach and sat in the sun for an hour at least just enjoying the day and the open sky above us. What a beautiful day…Dolphins and Elephants in New Brunswick!

As we sat on the beach we started to see shapes and creatures forming in the cliffs. As the tide dropped what looked like an elephants trunk appeared and it looked so much like a herd of elephants! Ok...well...maybe you had to be there!
As we sat on the beach we started to see shapes and creatures forming in the cliffs. As the tide dropped what looked like an elephants trunk appeared and it looked so much like a herd of elephants! Ok…well…maybe you had to be there!

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