A few years ago a co-worker of mine mentioned to me about this hill her family would visit during summer vacation in New Brunswick. Well, "what's so special about visting a hill?" you might ask. Would you consider the hill special if you were able to reverse or drive up the hill, without stepping on the gas, while your car was in neutral? While visting Moncton, New Brunswick in July 2009 for work I had the opportunity to go to Magnetic Hill one evening and visit the same 'special' hill mentioned by my co-worker so many years ago!
Visting Magnetic Hill is truly an educational experience. It streteches the boundaries of what you understand about physics and gravity or gravitational pull because how is it possible for a car to go uphill while in neutral? Is it an optical illusion? If you are sceptical that this could happen you really have to try it for yourself.
When you get through the ticket booth and pay your $5.00 (you've got to keep to the right, following the arrows to Magnetic Hill). There is a huge sign telling you what you need to do. You need to obey the instructions so that there aren't any accidents! Basically, stick to the right and drive down the hill. When you get near the bottom, safely go on the left side of the hill and stop by the white post. Put your car in neutral and wait to amazed and astonished as your car goes up the hill on the left side, in reverse!
Even while I was experiencing this phenomenon first hand I was in disbelief and we had to do it again by having the car facing front wards (we just turned the car around, pulled up to white post and giggled all the way up!). I really couldn't believe my eyes. I think this was a fun experience and well worth the $5.00 I paid to try this out.
To find more information on how this really works, check out the Magnetic Hill Wikipedia page (Warning: huge spoiler!)
For information on the many other things to do at Magnetic Hill, click here.