Can I Collect Fossils?
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 lets you collect fossils if you have a Heritage Research Permit.
If you don't have a Permit:
- 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!
Laws of the Land
- All fossils found in Nova Scotia belong to the Province. The Nova Scotia Museum is the official caretaker.
- Fossil collecting is controlled by the Province's Heritage Research Permit System. The government of Nova Scotia, not the Joggins Fossil Centre, is responsible for giving out permits. To apply for a permit see: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fossils/protect/permits.htm.
- The Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a Protected Site under the Nova Scotia Special Places Protection Act and the Beaches Act (and Regulations).
- The Joggins Fossil Institute manages the Site to conserve its fossil heritage.