"An "old time" place on the Fundy Coast" Joggins by 850prc

Joggins Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 12 photos

Reaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy old times, actually

The small town of Joggins in Nova Scotia is all about fossils. There are 150 foot sandstone cliffs at the water's edge, and at low tides, you can literally see and find coal-age fossils embedded in the hardened sediment.

There is an official Joggins Fossil Center where you can see presentations on the fossils and prehistory of the area, along with various (pre)historical items that others have found. But, the real fun is to go out and look for fossil records on your own. And, this is not one of those "you can pan for gold" things that you're familiar with. You actually have an excellent chance of coming across something of interest during your exploration.

Please see my separate Joggins Fossil Center tip for phone numbers and such.

Enjoy the cliffs, watch the tides

The beaches and cliffs are yours to enjoy for FREE. So, give it a good look and see what you come up with.

DO, however, keep an eye on the tides. These are Fundy Bay tides, among the highest in the world. During high tide, almost all of the beach territory you see in this photo are underwater. You do not want to be caught on the beach when the tide comes in, unless you're in the mood to "go Spiderman" and climb the rock cliffs.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fossil hunting is best when you have a good chance of finding one. :)
  • Cons:Unless you're a champion swimmer or Spiderman, be OFF those beaches and up at the Fossil Center building before high tide gets back in....and it comes in FAST.
  • In a nutshell:If prehistory is your bag, it's worth the stop as you tour the Fundy coast.
  • Last visit to Joggins: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 10, 2009
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