Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We are open May 1, 2023, and remain open daily until October 15, 2023. Book your tour now at https://jogginsfossilcliffs.checkfront.com/reserve/
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  • Nils P
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhibition, short tour, walk along the cliffs
    Nice visit. We took a fika in the café, watched the exhibition of some really special fossils. I especially appreciated the connection to research being carried out at this site. Well done exhibition which also sparks ones imagination of how the earth looked like 300 million years ago. Took a 30 min tour of the fossil beach because the longer tours where sadly not available this day because of the tidal schedules. Enjoyed the tour and walked the beach without guide afterwards north about 3 km to see some still standing 300+ million year old trees among many other fossils.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • MKJLR
    133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to explore the beach!
    This is really fun place to explore. We did the 1/2 hour beach tour and then spent some more time just beach combing hunting for interesting things! Take only pictures, leave only memories. A great spot to visit at low tide.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Elizabeth W
    Toronto, Canada351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of the way and out of the orrdinary
    Wasn't sure what to expect here and boy were we pleasantly surprised! This is a world heritage site with some of the best carboniferous fossils on the planet. Choose from a self-guided walk to the cliffs and beach (free), a full guided tour or a browse through the excellent gallery. The staff are friendly and helpful and include a resident scientist, who is approachable and eager to help visitors of all ages understand the importance of this spot. The gallery is beautifully designed and curated to introduce visitors, even kids, to the geology and biology of the cliffs and what they teach us about ancient worlds. Also a nice history of the town and some of the world-famous scientists who have worked there. There is even a kid-sized adventure inside a coal age hollow tree. The beach itself is stunning. It's a moderately steep climb but if you are there at low tide, you can walk for ages among the rocks and cliffs finding all kinds of fossils. While collecting isn't allowed, it's absolutely stunning. There is a picnic area outside the main building where you can eat lunch and on weekends there is a cafe where you can purchase food. The gift shop has lots of treasures and it's well worth the side trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • francofile104
    123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing site with excellent visitors center
    I was impressed even though I am not knowledgeable about fossils. The displays are well done for us amateurs to get why this is big deal. We couldn't walk on the beach as the tide was too high, but you can view the cliffs from the walkway over the water. Even with the treasure-trove of fossils that have come from this area, imagine how much more was burned up as fuel many years ago!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • LouP
    Orford, Canada219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the guided tour !!! :D
    I STRONGLY suggest to take the guided tour. It makes the experience a thousand times better. Our guide was passionnate and knowledgeable. I feel that without a guide, the cliffs are not as interesting since you wouldn't know what to look at. I also strongly recommend to take 30-45 minutes BEFORE the tour to visit the museum, so everything during the tour would make more sense. The staff is very friendly, the museum is clean and simple.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
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LouP
Orford, Canada219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I STRONGLY suggest to take the guided tour. It makes the experience a thousand times better. Our guide was passionnate and knowledgeable. I feel that without a guide, the cliffs are not as interesting since you wouldn't know what to look at.
I also strongly recommend to take 30-45 minutes BEFORE the tour to visit the museum, so everything during the tour would make more sense.
The staff is very friendly, the museum is clean and simple.
Written October 10, 2023
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Vince B
Coldbrook, Canada19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very nice little centre with lots of fossils and history on the bay and the surrounding areas. Also great access to the bay for your fossil search.
Written September 25, 2023
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francofile104
Nissan-lez-Enserune, France123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I was impressed even though I am not knowledgeable about fossils. The displays are well done for us amateurs to get why this is big deal. We couldn't walk on the beach as the tide was too high, but you can view the cliffs from the walkway over the water. Even with the treasure-trove of fossils that have come from this area, imagine how much more was burned up as fuel many years ago!
Written September 19, 2023
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Matthew L
Beaver Bank, N.S.323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Amazing spot to walk along the beach and rock hound. Time your arrival with low tide. Nice little gift shop and museum. Beach is free. The museum is a few $.
Written September 4, 2023
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Elizabeth W
Toronto, Canada351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wasn't sure what to expect here and boy were we pleasantly surprised! This is a world heritage site with some of the best carboniferous fossils on the planet.

Choose from a self-guided walk to the cliffs and beach (free), a full guided tour or a browse through the excellent gallery. The staff are friendly and helpful and include a resident scientist, who is approachable and eager to help visitors of all ages understand the importance of this spot.

The gallery is beautifully designed and curated to introduce visitors, even kids, to the geology and biology of the cliffs and what they teach us about ancient worlds. Also a nice history of the town and some of the world-famous scientists who have worked there. There is even a kid-sized adventure inside a coal age hollow tree.

The beach itself is stunning. It's a moderately steep climb but if you are there at low tide, you can walk for ages among the rocks and cliffs finding all kinds of fossils. While collecting isn't allowed, it's absolutely stunning. There is a picnic area outside the main building where you can eat lunch and on weekends there is a cafe where you can purchase food.

The gift shop has lots of treasures and it's well worth the side trip.
Written August 25, 2023
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MKJLR
Canada133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is really fun place to explore. We did the 1/2 hour beach tour and then spent some more time just beach combing hunting for interesting things!

Take only pictures, leave only memories. A great spot to visit at low tide.
Written August 19, 2023
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Ludwig C
Darien, CT21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Joggins is significant for the study of fossils and the history of the Earth. However, if you not well-schooled in paleontology, the experience of sifting through the mostly plant fossils might not be worth the trip. The site itself offers a good view of the sediment strata c.310 million BCE, but it is not that photogenic or dramatic to the unlearned eye.
Written August 16, 2023
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Perthmomma2244
Perth, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing! We had so much fun looking for fossils. And we found so many. A great experience for the kids.
Written August 1, 2023
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Randy H
167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Very nice and interesting place. We did the 90 minute tour which while very informative is a bit long. Definitely worth a stop.
Written July 29, 2023
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Nils P
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice visit. We took a fika in the café, watched the exhibition of some really special fossils. I especially appreciated the connection to research being carried out at this site. Well done exhibition which also sparks ones imagination of how the earth looked like 300 million years ago.

Took a 30 min tour of the fossil beach because the longer tours where sadly not available this day because of the tidal schedules. Enjoyed the tour and walked the beach without guide afterwards north about 3 km to see some still standing 300+ million year old trees among many other fossils.
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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