When planning a trip to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs you and your group should be aware that the cliffs can be inherently dangerous to those who are not prepared.
Here we have the world’s most powerful tides and towering cliffs of unstable sedimentary rock that are constantly eroding and crumbling to the beach below.
All of our team is trained in a minimum of Emergency First Aid & CPR and all of our beach monitors carry first aid kits and two-way radios with them at all times.
There may be limited cell phone coverage on the beach.
If you are aware of potential hazards and associated safety recommendations, then you can enjoy your experience at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs with little or no danger.
- Stay away from the cliff edges. The cliffs are actively eroding and unstable. Ensure you are aware of the over hangs above and a hard hat should be worn if you venture close to the cliffs. It is recommended to stay back at least 15 metres or 50 feet from the cliffs (about the length of a bus).
- Be careful of the cobblestones, beaches and reefs. Wet, loose and/or seaweed-covered rocks underfoot are a hazard. Wear appropriate footwear. Avoid walking on seaweed and wet, loose rocks.
- Check the tide charts for the area. Try to leave the beach about two hours before high tide. The best time to visit the site is from mid-tide to mid-tide (approximately between three hours to low-tide and three hours to high tide).
- The weather can be extreme on the beach. Dress in layers and consider carrying a bottle of water with you.
- Cell phone coverage on the Joggins shore can be spotty. It is a good idea to let someone know when you are expected to be off the beach.
- It is also a good idea to use the “buddy system” (traveling in pairs) while exploring the Joggins Fossil Cliffs.
- Ensure that children are under adult supervision.
- Sun block should be worn.
- Avoid going out onto the mud flats, as some areas can be quite soft and you may get stuck.
All visitors to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Centre do so entirely at their own risk.