Every meter of the 15 km stretch that makes up the Joggins UNESCO world heritage site represents 1000 years. You can literally walk through time on the rocky beach.
It was in these rocks that the oldest reptile ever discovered was uncovered in the 1800’s. Today that special fossil sits in a British museum, but there’s far more to discover on the beach.
Joggins got their UNESCO status because they are the world’s most complete fossil record of life in the “Coal Age”, or Carboniferous period. As you walk the rocky beach, it’s easy to spot bits and pieces of fossilized history. There are tree roots and plant life from millions of years in the past.
They no longer excavate at Joggins, the cliffs do it for them. The cliffs are in a slow, constant state of erosion, so there are always new fossils and discoveries emerging from the rocks.
Tours are available at Joggins, but are dependent on the tides. When the tide is in, visitors can spend their time in the inturpretive center, which is a sight unto itself. You can learn all about the Carboniferous period, the types of fossils discovered at Joggins, and learn about that first big discovery which was key to understanding the evolution of vertebrate life on land.
But what most interested me was all the building’s green features. Joggins is a LEED certified site that is equiped with a wind turbine, solar heating, passive solar design, a green roof, rain water collection, and more. They are working to become a Gold or Platinum LEED building.
Whether you are coming to walk back through time or admire the building’s commitment to preserving the future, there is a lot to learn at Joggins.
Joggins Fossil Centre
100 Main Street
Season: Open daily April 22 – October 31
April 22–May 31: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
June 1 – August 31: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
September– October: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
November 1 – April 21 By Appointment Only
This trip is part of our #NSJoyRide series. We went on an epic road trip along Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy thanks to the fine folks at Nova Scotia Tourism. They covered the costs of our week-long road trip. We hope you love following our tidal adventures. Check out more in this series here:
Five Islands Provincial Park
Catch of the Bay (Masstown Market)
Driftwood Park Retreat
Joggins UNESCO World Heritage Site
Irwin Lake Chalets
Tidal Bore Rafting
That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm (and nature paradise)