Saturday, October 13, 2018

EXPLORE NOVA SCOTIA: Fossil Jewels - The Joggins Fossil Centre

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Centre for Fossil Research and Display In Joggins evokes the historical and geographical context of the region.

When does the inspiration for a great building's design truly begin? Does its genesis lie within the web of initial programming and budgetary constraints, or is it a physical embodiment of purpose and spirit of place? In the case of the Joggins Fossil Centre on Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy coast, the inspiration has been over 300 million years in the making.

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Canada's most recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of the powerful geological edge between the mighty Bay of Fundy and the sleepy town of Joggins, a once-thriving coal-mining community. The sloping cliffs are the world's most comprehensive fossil record of life during the Carboniferous period, better known as the Coal Age, between 290 and 360 million years ago. As the world's highest tides consistently pound the rock face, the incessant erosion periodically reveals new examples of fossil life within the stratified layers. This ever-changing state makes the 16-kilometre-long fossil cliffs a world-renowned and active destination for scientists, paleontologists, and those who simply love to stroll the stunning location. 
by John Leroux

Is it worth a visit?

You bet. I haven't been there for a few years before the centre was built, but there were plenty of displays and fossil samples to enjoy, not to mention walking the beach and seeing the fossils emerging from the embankments. It's a must see. And once you have finished be sure to take the coastal drive along the Minas Basin shore and visit all of the special sites along the way.

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How to get there

It's just a short 30 minute drive from Amherst, the first town when you enter Nova Scotia.

Some Links:

Centre for Fossil Research and Display
Joggins at wikipedia

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