The Cape Breton Fossil Centre is a small museum exploring the natural history of the coalfields that were for many years the lifeblood of Cape Breton's economy. Coal and fossils go together.
The centre, located near the former railroad station in Sydney Mines, is staffed by a curator and summer student employees. The student employees are well-trained and bilingual, but on our tour we were lucky enough to have our student pulled away to serve a French couple. Our replacement was Dr. Stuart Critchley, curator, whose enthusiasm and passion for the field of fossils is impossible to ignore. He was able to interest even the two pre-teens in our group in the exhibits and communicate the story of fossils in this area with humour and zest. Many exhibits, some dinosaur mockups, and a hands-on, relaxed atmosphere make this a great family visit for tourists and an underappreciated asset for locals.
If you own or manage Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.