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“go during lowtide”

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Joggins
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

Make sure you catch one of the tours offered. The start time depends on SIster moon (Tide), so call and check with the extremely friendly staff. We took the short version (1 hour) and it was good enough. You will be able to go around on your own after the tour, make sure you do so AND have an eye on the TIDE coming in, it goes fast

Thank scooter d
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Unless you are a geology student or a specialist in the Carbonifeous period, this site will be disappointing. There is a $10 fee to get into the park. This includes a small, but well-done museum and a 30-minute cliffside tour with a geologist. I don't think it's worth paying for a longer tour. The fossils are all from the Carboniferous age, about 300 million years ago, which means there are no mammals or reptiles. It's really just some fossils of leaves and tree roots. The fossils are not as prolific as you are led to believe. You may find some littering the ground. But you have to leave anything you find. Low tide is not nearly as impressive as at Burncoat Head Park, which is just off Highway 215, about 30 miles west of Truro.

Unless you happen to be in the immediate area of Joggins, save yourself some time and money. Burncoat Head is more impressive and picturesque. You can see some of the same fossils displayed in the visitor's center (which is in a lighthouse). It's easier to get to. And it's free.

2  Thank crordway
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

It is well worth taking a guided tour. The two hour tour was great-and Calvin was a dynamic, and thorough guide. He is passionate about Joggins and geology and knows the rocks, fossils, and history. We would pick up a fossil and Calvin would describe it and know if it was common or rare. The tide had uncovered new fossils and we thrilled to find something that he thought was significant. Make time to see the well-done Centre,too. We almost skipped the video in the far back room, but really enjoyed its Monty Python-esque style. Joggings was a highlight of our trip and brought history alive for us!

Thank Ann S
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

As others have mentioned, this Unesco World Heritage site is all about getting access while the tides are out. Best to check a tide chart before making any plans to go here as you will be disappointed otherwise. With the tide out you should take the 30 minute tour because it gives you a good heads-up on what types of fossils you will be finding and a bit on the history of the region itself. WARNING: this site has fossils from before the dinosaur age (and only a single, but oldest-ever-found amphibian fossil), so you will be looking at ancient tree trunks, fronds, leaves and bark remnants along with a few trails of the species of the day, not that T-Rex skull you may have hoped for. Coolest thing about the site is the range of time you are witnessing. Every kilometer down the beach is another million years back in time, so the 15 km of Joggins fossil coastline is a large piece of our historical road map. You are free to tour the site at your leisure after the tour and they have a small interpretive center on-site that is an interesting read..

Thank msheilan
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

We had planned to do this for years because my son is a rock hound. We finally made it and we had fun but it wasn't all that I thought it would be. Not sure what else I expected. We were there when the tide was going out so that was a good thing, we did not take the tour and maybe we should have but that is usually not our thing. We explored for an hour or two spotted some fossils we think toured the gift shop and overall had fun. I was glad that what we did was free as I would have been disappointed to have paid as I personally didn't find it much different than exploring burncoat head, or other fundy bay experiences we have had. Again this is just my opinion. I would visit once but probably not again.

Thank Michele K
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