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“Mindblowing, a forest now turned into stone!”

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Joggins
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Plan your trip according to the tide guidelines issued locally as the area is not accessible during high tide. I joined with a professor who explained the geology while it was high tide and then we went for a walk afterwards (around 2 km). Please note that collecting fossils for personal use is forbidden.

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Reviewed 12 September 2011

What a lovely attrection and learning experence. The center is very informative. The walk on the beach WOW!!! a tree truck is coming out of the side of the bank. So cool
The fossils are amazing very very intersting to see that there was life so many thousands of years ago and we are still able to find it in the banks of the Nova Scotia shore line. WOW!! how amazing is that really!!
We found it to be very very intersting and to walk the beach and look at the fossils in the bank were WOW!! It is well worth the trip to stop in and have a look.

Thank suegiggle
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

Great spot for the family in Amherst,NS close to the border with New Brunswick.

Take the kids, very educational "field type" trip and a few great pics as well.

Thank Jam Boy13
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

What seemed to be just another visit to a fossil site turned out to be very interesting and exciting thanks mostly to our guide Tammy. She explained the progression from 300,000,000 years ago to the present. We were also able to see the oldest known fossil which was on exhibit that month.(Looked like the remains of a lizard or salamander.)
Many thanks to The Happy Wanderers for including this site in their travels.

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Reviewed 8 August 2011

This is truly worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. We visted with our 8 and 11 year old kids, and had an amazing time. The staff are very knowledgeable and approachable. One of the staff looked at a photo of something we'd found at another local beach and thrilled us by confirming we had found a fossil already The centre does a good job of interpreting the important finds in the area, with displays and details appropriate for all ages. This may sound like an odd point to mention, but the gift shop was neat because it was original. Not the same-old same-old stuff that so many museums seem to have.

I'm surprised they even offer an option without the beach tour, because it is key to the experience. We spent some time poking around before our scheduled tour, and found several fossils just from our new knowledge from reviewing the exhibits in the centre. It was so exciting! The young tour guide was also very knowledgeable, and didn't mind us interrupting her constantly to get her to look at what we'd picked up. The section nearest the stairs from the centre has mostly plant fossils, but how exciting it was to find a piece of a 300 million year old tree! Apparently further along the beach marine fossils and land creatures are easier to find; we intend to go back and spend the day.

It is hard to find treasures and leave them, but other visitors made a point of leaving their finds in obvious places for others to appreciate--we found a couple near the stairs, and a very interesting pile on a large flat rock.

The stairs are steep and the rocky beach can be uneven, so wear good shoes. Also worth checking the tides, as a high tide could mean no beach access, and that would be a terrible waste of a trip.

This was one of the coolest things we've done with our children...ever.

2  Thank noelx4
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