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“If you have any interest in dinosaurs, rocks & fossils, you will LOVE this place!!!”

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Joggins
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Interpretation Centre was very informative, but for me the beach and seeing the rocks and fossils in their natural setting was amazing. We went late in the day on a Tuesday and it wasn't busy at all! So nice to virtually have the beach to ourselves to see what we could discover! Such a beautiful and 'zen' experience! And the staff were wonderful and so knowledgeable! I would definitely go again!

Thank TracyRuth
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We have been to Joggins many times, since my mother was born there and had many stories
of the beach and the fossils. I have a large collection of fossils that we picked up off the beach
before that was not allowed anymore. To me it's kind of silly that people can't pick up the
fossils off the beach. They will just wash out to sea and plenty more will fall from the cliffs.
We used to get to the beach on a set of steps that were on Hardscrabble Road. Those steps
have been removed now, and everyone must go through the fossil center and down their
steep steps to get to the beach. The wooden steps are fairly easy to negotiate, but those
box steps filled with gravel, plus the gravel slope with no handrail are treacherous and very
difficult to get back up, especially for we the older generation. Some of the box steps with the gravel have a very high riser, difficult for a short legged person or someone who has some
trouble walking. Not handicap friendly at all, and when I mentioned it to the person behind
the gift counter, the answer I got was "I know". I felt like it was like "who cares". Joggins
beach is interesting once you get down there, but coming back up was very hard and
somewhat dangerous since there weren't handrails at the gravel slope. I think maybe
the UNESCO people should think more about making it a little more older-person friendly.

3  Thank Elaine W
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JFIManager, Manager at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Hi Elaine
Thank you for your review and comments about your visit to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. We just wanted to address some of your comments and concerns. You are correct that visitors are not able to take fossils from the beach. However, that is a province wide legislation under the Special Places Protections Act rather than a policy of the Joggins Fossil Institute. We are required to abide by this legislation as is any other site in Nova Scotia that has archaeological and historical remains or that is classified as a paleontology or ecological site.

For the steps to the beach –you can access the stairs without walking directly through the Centre. The stairs to the beach are safe and well lit for visitors. The beach area is not advertised to be handicap accessible; however our Centre and grounds are certainly accessible. Within our Joggins Fossil Centre we have many exhibits and displays that can be enjoyed by those who are not physically able to go to the beach. For any of these visitors, we always offer to have an Interpreter join them in the Gallery area to answer questions and give them similar information they would receive if they did one of our guided beach tours so they can enjoy the experience and what Joggins represents. We also have accessible washrooms and designated parking spaces.

We appreciate your comments and glad to hear your family roots keep you coming back to visit the community of Joggins!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The 20 minute tour tells you all about the history of the place and why it is suppose to be so cool. Don't get me wrong, some really important things were discovered here, and the place remains important for a number of scientific reasons. But none of this makes the place at all interesting to visit.

The display centre is very small. A few of the rocks have very clear and recognizable fossils, but the rest take a great deal of imagination to see the fossil. Other than the display centre, it's just walking along the shoreline to see if you can spot your own fossils. Even if you found a really nice one, you're not allowed to take it with you.

There is a small gift shop and cafe.

At $11/person and a good 40 minutes from Amherst, it is too overpriced and too remote to be worth either the money or drive.

2  Thank tshep42
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JFIManager, Manager at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Hello,
Thank you for your review and opinion of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. We just wanted to address some of your comments. Our guided beach tours that are included in general admission are actually 30 minutes in length. Our interpretation staff is always available to answer questions following the tour as well. We have many visitors that come to Joggins for various reasons several of which are not related to having geology backgrounds and enjoy their visit very much. Kids really enjoy the site as well. The general admission cost is $10.50 per person (after taxes) and we offer discounts for seniors, families, students and groups. We are about 35 KM from Amherst so it can get about 30 minutes to get here. There are great day trip options to/from Joggins especially along the Fundy Shore. If you add in lunch at the Centre and time to explore the grounds, it is common for visitors to spend a few hours here.

You are correct that visitors are not able to take fossils from the beach. However, that is a province wide legislation under the Special Places Protections Act rather than a policy of the Joggins Fossil Institute. We are required to abide by this legislation as is any other site in Nova Scotia that has archaeological and historical remains or that is classified as a paleontology or ecological site.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Joggins is Nova Scotia’s third UNESCO World Heritage site (the other 2 being Grand Pre and the town of Lunenburg). There is a small museum, not unlike the Fundy Geological museum in Parrsboro. Admission ($10.50) includes a half-hour guided tour. And if you are a senior citizen, be sure to take advantage of the huge 44 cent discount offered to seniors - that is insulting! There are also 1½ - 2 hour low-tide tours for $25. During low tide, the tour is along the beach where you will fossils imbedded in the rock face. As the tours during high tide are only of the museum, you may want to check tide times before heading to the site. There is a small café on site.

Thank driftdiver1
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JFIManager, Manager at Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Hello,
Thank you for your review and comments about your visit to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. We just wanted to respond to your comment about the discount for seniors. The Joggins Fossil Institute is the organization that manages the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site and Centre. The Institute is a non-profit, non-government charity organization. Given this, we strive to offer discounts where we can; not only to seniors but to families, students and groups bearing in mind operational costs and our non-profit charitable structure.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was a unexpected stop during our visit in NS. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and provided great insights of the area that we didn't even know existed. Really glad we stopped. If you do go, ensure you take the tour with the guide.

Thank costarosa2010
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