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“We were impressed by natural wonder”

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Joggins
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We thought the tour price steep, so we went down by ourselves to the cliffs. It was very impressive and were were in awe of the scenery. It was VERY windy, but we took a lot of pictures and were able to detect a noticeable tide drop in the time we were on the beach.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

I know little about the history of coal mining in NS, but after the great tour, I learned that this vein of coal is connected to the coal mines in West Virginia. Who'd a thunk? Sitting there, innocently hidden amongst the rock, is a tree. Or what once was a tree....facinating lessons in geology. The centre is wonderful too. A great way to spend an afternoon. Do be cautious and aware of the high tides on the beaches if you decide to explore on your own.

Thank flyingontheground
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Definitely worth the drive from NS's South Shore. We were lucky enough to have Dana Brown, a very experienced guide, lead us on our walk on the beach to look at the fossils. We'd not even stepped off the staircase onto the beach and he was already pointing out interesting rock formations, fossils and coal seams. We learned so much, and were lucky enough to be there the very day he discovered that a tree he's been keeping an eye on in the cliff had toppled onto the beach, and he found it to be filled with unusual fossils. Wow, what a treat. By the time we walked back, we had learned enough to point out fossils and unusual rocks for ourselves. Thanks Dana!
The museum itself, though small, has a very interesting, well displayed collection of fossils and everything is explained well. The building itself is architecturally interesting, LEED certified, and just about self-sufficient. We intend to return with friends and family.

1  Thank elkelove
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Three of us signed up for one of the first 2-hour guided tours of the season. It was a beautiful day, and when we arrived the tidal flats stretched as far as we could see. Our guide warned us though that the famous Bay of Fundy tide would be rising 41 feet in the next few hours, restricting the part of the beach we could visit safely.

Our guide, a local resident with over ten years of experience at the site, explained the history of the site before we went down, and fitted us with hard hats. The path down was fairly steep (much of it on solid wooden stairs) with a nice viewpoint part way down.

On the beach, we were constantly walking on flat shale fragments (our guide called it mudstone) many of which had fossils in them. The part of the beach we were able to visit had older rocks from an era when most of the fossils were plants; in the other direction the sloping strata were more modern (still about 300 million years old); that was the part where the most interesting animal fossils were found. We were able to pick up and examine a wide variety of fossils, but because the whole area is a protected site, everything had to be left on the beach. Picture taking was encouraged.

The tide and waves attack the shoreline cliffs twice daily, wearing away the soft rock and exposing new items of interest. Usually they wait until fossils have been washed out onto the beach, but occasionally they extract a big item from the cliff, especially if it is in soft mudstone that is in danger of disintegrating. Fossils in the harder sandstone layers are stronger.
We saw not only plant fossils, but lots of fossil wave ripples and even fossil raindrop impressions in hardened sand.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any question. And after the beach tour she led us through the interpretation centre, where we could see bigger and better preserved specimens of many of the fossils we had seen on the beach. The exhibits seemed well designed for children as well as adults. There is also a pleasant small gift shop.

All in all an excellent experience. I was happy to pay the modest fee to help support the centre.

Thank Al_from_Ottawa
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

I recently visited the fossil beach at Joggins. The view is spectacular and the fossils abound. Truly a wonderful site. The only thing that distracted from a wonderful visit was the trail and stairway to the beach. This is a very difficult endeavour and in fact is more difficult than the walk along the beach. The steps are of irregular height , some steps down were more than a foot drop to uneven ground when you did step down, and for children or elderly (over 50) it is very arduous. The hand rails are broken in a couple of places so don't trust those to support you. Hopefully the staff will do a site inspection and have the access to the beach repaired so visitors will be able to have access to this wonderful place. I give the beach an A+ abut the stair way gets an F

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