Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nova Scotia, is home to some the world's best fossils from the "Coal Age" over 300 million years ago. These cliffs have scientist with information that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It was at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs that Sir Charles Lyell and Sir William Dawson found proof of Tetrapods, an amphibian and reptile hybrid. Further work by Dawson at Joggins Fossil Cliffs led to the discovery of the first reptile, Hylonomus lyelli. This was the ancestor of all the dinosaurs.
It is possible for visitors to the Fossil Cliffs to find new fossils that have been unearthed by the constant rising and falling of the tides in the Bay of Fundy. As this is a place for scientific research visitors to the site are asked to only take pictures of their fossils. Not the actual fossils themselves.
Located a short shuttle bus ride from the Fossil Cliffs is the Joggins Fossil Centre. The Centre which is the departure point for the interpretive walks, is also home to interactive displays, the gift shop, and a cafe. It also has parking spots for cars and RVs.
The centre is open 9:30am-5:30pm, May 17 to November 11. Between November 12 and May 16 access is available by appointment only.
The cost for adults, including admission and a guided tour is $16. For seniors and students it is $12. They also offer special discounts for families. More information can be found on the Joggins Fossil Centre website.
The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are best accessed by car. If you are coming from:
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