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Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site

...and Centre!

Record #: MCC0088
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019
Last Full Update: 02 Aug 2017


Located In Joggins
Where To Find Us
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
100 Main St
Joggins, NS B0L 1A0
Areas Served Atlantic Canada


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Phone 1-888-932-9766 (toll free) 
Contact Jordan LeBlanc, Director of Operations, Joggins Fossil Institute; Email:
Alternate Contact Lorna Terrio, Director of Administration, Joggins Fossil Institute; Email:
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Description & Services

Information The Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site is a paleontological site along 15 kilometres of shoreline on the Bay of Fundy, where visitors can explore for some of the world’s best examples of Carboniferous fossils. Visitors can take a guided experience or visit the Joggins Fossil Centre, which offers full visitor services. The Carboniferous fossils of Joggins are 315 million years old and date back to the time when giant seed fern trees (now extinct), insects, primitive, lobe-finned fish, and amphibians ruled the Earth.  
Everyone loves looking for fossils but at Joggins, finders aren't keepers! 
To protect the site for scientific research and provide a great experience for everyone, the law only allows you to collect fossils if you have a Heritage Research Permit (HRP). The government of Nova Scotia, not the Joggins Fossil Centre, is responsible for giving out permits. To apply for a permit, click here. If you don't have a permit, please leave the fossils in place. Please take pictures or show a staff member your discoveries. Your discovery could make a valuable contribution to science!

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