Beach tours

We are generating a guided tour schedule on a day-to-day basis. Please phone the day of an intended visit to see what guided beach tours are available. Our staff can be reached at (902) 251–2727, extension 231, between 10 am and 5 pm daily. Tours are limited to 10 guests at a time.

Guided beach tours will resume May, 2021.

Draft beach tour schedule for 90-minute tours in June/July/August, 2021

The Joggins Fossil Centre Museum is closed until May, 2021. Guided beach tours will resume in May, 2021.

Beach access has been removed from the Joggins Fossil Centre location. The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are still open to the public, but are not accessible at the Fossil Centre location.

Joggins Fossil Centre from the labyrinth with the Bay of Fundy beyond
Joggins Fossil Centre from the labyrinth with the Bay of Fundy beyond
Fossil Gallery
Joggins Fossil Centre gallery

Packages include:

  1. A tour with one of our knowledgeable interpretative guides — choose one of the following:
  2. Full-day access to our interpretive gallery, café, and gift shop,
  3. Full-day access to the grounds and beach (weather-permitting),
  4. 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.

Please email Jordan LeBlanc for details.

About the guided tours

  • 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.
  • To apply for a permit, you must go through the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s Heritage Research Permit system. 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.

Published: 2016-05-03