"Joggins Fossil Cliffs - UNESCO World Heritage Site" Joggins by GrumpyDiver

Joggins Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 12 photos

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

If you are into fossils from some 300 million years ago, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs have fossils from the Pennsylvanian Period of the Carboniferous Age. Don't bother looking for dinosaurs, though. The fossils here are far older and are mostly sandstone casts of trees and reptile or giant centipede tracks.

The beds are located along the Bay of Fundy, so a visit has to be timed to coordinate with the tides, as they can get right up to the fossils themselves. The picture below was taken about 30 minutes after high tide; the tide moves in and out at a rate of close to 30cm / 1ft per minute.

Guided tours run hourly when it is safe.

Tree fossil

You can see an in-situ (i.e. this is where it was originally located) tree trunk to the right of the guide (it's the large triangular piece of rock).

Most of the fossils at Joggins are casts, where sand patterned the shape of the original remant and then turned to sandstone over the long period of high pressure.

Fossil musueum

There is a small, but nicely done museum at the visitor centre

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Some interesting early Carboninferous fossils
  • Cons:Not much else in the area
  • Last visit to Joggins: Jun 2013
  • Intro Written Jun 11, 2013
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