Admission fees include…
- A tour with one of our knowledgable interpretative guides — choose one of the following:
- Full-day access to our interpretive gallery, café, and gift shop,
- Full-day access to the grounds and beach (weather-permitting),
- Full-day parking.
Come and imagine Joggins more than 300 million years ago as a tropical rain forest; engage in the story-telling with our staff; uncover and discover a selection of fossils. The experience changes daily thanks to the world’s highest and most powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy.
Why take a guided tour?
The best way to view the cliffs is with one of our enthusiastic and knowledgable interpretative guides:
- Our guides are aware of newly-uncovered fossils and can point out fossils you might miss on your own.
- Our guides can take you on a short 30 minute experience that will give you a basic knowledge of why the cliffs exist and the types of fossils you can see; we also offer longer experiences where you will gain a more in-depth knowledge of the Carboniferous Period and where you will see the cliffs in their full glory... including the exact location where the bones of Hylonomus were discovered.
- We are unable to offer French-language tours from August 27, 2016, until next season.
- From September 5th, 2016, until next season, the 2-hour tour will only be available on weekends and the 4-hour tour once per month.
About the guided tours
- All costs include applicable taxes. Rates are available for families, students, and seniors. Group rates can be negotiated. Contact us for details.
- The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are a natural site that is subject to occasional adverse weather and tide conditions.
- Joggins Fossil Institute (JFI) reserves the right to amend, cancel or postpone any guided experience at any time. We highly recommend that you call our bookings line at (902) 251-2727 beforehand to check that experiences are leaving at the scheduled times. The times on this schedule are the departure times only.
- Tide times are based on tidal predictions from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Experience and tide times are based on Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
- Gravel beach is accessed via steep slope and staircase, traversing large rocks and watercourses, walking for moderate/long periods.
- All participants in a guided experience are required to ensure that they are wearing suitable clothing and footwear (no open-toed shoes).
- Have any medication required and sufficient drinking water to maintain hydration for the duration of the walk.
- It is recommended that children under 10 and people with limited mobility participate in The Wanderer’s Experience (easy terrain).
- JFI reserves the right to cancel a guided experience at any time if the weather and/or tides deem the undertaking or continuation of a tour to be dangerous. An alternative date will be offered at no additional cost.
Can I take fossils home?
- 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. Apply for a permit. If you don't have a permit, please leave the fossils in place.
- Let us know what you have found — take a picture or show a staff member. Your discovery could make a valuable contribution to science!
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Dogs are allowed — provided they are on a leash — and we would ask that you please clean up after them.