The Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Image John Sibbick
Image by John Sibbick

Located on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs are Canada’s 15th UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These magnificently exposed layers of rock reveal the world’s most complete fossil record of life in the Coal Age when lush forests covered Joggins and much of the world's tropics, 300 million years ago.

The swamp forests produced massive quantities of organic matter that, over millions of years, created the coal deposits for which this period of history is named.

Embedded in 15 km (9.3 mi) of traversable coastal cliffs, rare fossils reveal details of life in the Coal Age.

Statement of outstanding universal value

The Fossil Cliffs at Joggins, Nova Scotia, are of outstanding universal value. They contain an unrivalled fossil record preserved in its environmental context, which represents the finest example in the world of the terrestrial tropical environment and ecosystems of the Pennsylvanian Coal Age of the Earth’s history.

For visitors

Explore the magnificent Joggins Fossil Cliffs with our interpretive staff. The Cliffs will reveal rare fossils from the Coal Age — that marvelous chapter of earth’s history written 300 million years ago.



The Joggins Fossil Centre

Joggins Fossil Centre
Joggins Fossil Centre, Joggins, Nova Scotia

The Joggins Fossil Centre is situated on the reclaimed site of the Old Joggins No. 7 Coal Mine overlooking the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. The Centre provides an exceptional learning experience, featuring an extensive fossil specimen collection, exhibits, and displays depicting

  • the rich geological history of the Joggins Cliffs
  • the history of scientific discovery at Joggins
  • the history of coal mining that shaped the local community.

Support the Joggins Fossil Institute

To make a donation to the Joggins Fossil Institute, to help us conserve and promote the Joggins Fossil Cliffs World Heritage Site, please email Jordan LeBlanc, Director of Operations.

Published: 2016-05-02.