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“Excellent Interpretive Centre”

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Joggins
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182 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Excellent Interpretive Centre”
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A UNESCO site. All you need to know, not just about the Fundy tides in passing, but about initial famous discoveries in the late 1800s by early Canadian geologiists and others from around the world. It represents a variety of plant and tree material which has become fossilised over millennia and found in the ancient coal seams and in other soils. Fossils can be still found in the cliffs but must be left in place. To walk on the stony beach you must be there at low tide; the high rides rise over 11 ft . Tide times are available on the internet.

Visited October 2016
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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15 reviews
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“WAY more than you would expect”
Reviewed 19 October 2016

the Centre is very new, with green construction, modern with plenty of fascinating displays of local geology and fossils, with great interpretational signage. there's something for everyone. the trip to the fossil cliffs and beach is great fun............even a novice will have no problem finding a real fossil!

Visited July 2016
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Lake Ann, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Learned so much from our great guides”
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The center is perched on the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy on a long stretch of cliffs which regularly slough off Fossil plants and invertebrates from pre-dinosaur days. So no Jurassic park critters, but plenty to marvel at. Check the tides to make sure you arrive at low tide; the beach is inaccessible at high tide. A summer intern guide took us on a 30 minute walk with explanations of fossils in clear view. Then we had an hour to walk the beach looking for more to pick up and photograph Not to take home. There were plenty to find. When you get back to the center the guides identify what you found. Good curry at the small restaurant. One wish would be more in the gift shop, especially some postcards of the fossils.

Visited August 2016
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Kingston, TN
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
102 attraction reviews
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“Not a far walk to see Great Fossils!”
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We luckily made it here for the last 30 minute tour of the day at 1:30 p.m., as there was a function going on during the afternoon hours. Our guide, a man that usually does the 4 hour tour, was absolutely Fantastic! He was so enthusiastic about fossils! He showed us great fossils that are very close to where you go down the stairs to the beach. After getting down the stairs, you don't really have to walk very far. But be sure to have on closed toe shoes for walking on the rocks on the beach. After our tour, we spent 2 hours on our own walking and looking for fossils, since high tide wasn't due till 5 p.m. The tours are very dependent on the tides. I was hoping to do the 2-hour tour, but at this time of the year (Sept. 22), the 2 and 4 hour tours were only on the weekends. Check their website before you visit.

Visited September 2016
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Moncton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Met up with Don Reid at Fossil center”
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Great opportunity to meet Don Reid at Fossil center in Joggins who is best known as keeper of the cliffs. Amazing to think he is now in his nineties and still has so much enthusiasm that he is willing to share with all visitors, just a great way to spend the day and cant wait to return next season, this is a place to take all family members, young and old to learn so many interesting things about the area and hope to see Don again

Visited October 2016
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