Palaeontologist for the Day- Unlocking the Mysteries of the Past

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Today, you are the scientist! On this tour you'll join an experienced fossil expert from the Fundy Treasures team to become “Paleontologist for the Day.” Exploring along the famous Joggins cliff section you will not only find fossils, but also experience the whole research process exactly as “real” scientists do it.

The tour starts with an hour long museum visit to the Fossil Centre with your expert guide Brian Hebert who, in fact, discovered many of the fossils on display there. With that as background to help train your eyes, you will receive a geology loupe that is yours to keep, and then Brian will take you on a 3 hour walking tour to do field work along the fossil cliffs.

Here, exploring the evidence of a 315 million year old ecosystem, you will record your finds by measurement and drawings in a field notebook that you get to keep. From these notes then you will write your own scientific “publication” on your discoveries.

In this way, you will use the tools and experience the whole process of paleontology, from exploration to discovery to publication, along the way learning about new tools and techniques that have advanced the science in recent years.

At one of the special stops along the cliffs, we will all take a break to have a lunch that was specially prepared for us by a local caterer. (Please let us know if you have any dietary requests)

And finally, using one of your finds from the day, you will create your own fossil replica to take with you and keep.

The details:

Guided museum tour: (1 hour)

  • A 1 hour tour of the Joggins Fossil Centre. 
  • Learn the history of the site.
  • See the fossils that made the site famous.
  • Receive your own geology loupe.

Fieldwork along the Cliffs: (3 hours)

  • Explore a 315 million year old fossilized ecosystem. 
  • Keep track of your discoveries using measurements and sketches in your new field notebook.
  • Learn about the tools scientists use and how technology has advanced the ability to research fossils over the years.
  • Create your very own fossil replica as a keepsake of your day as a paleontologist. 
  • Stop along the cliffs to break for a lunch that was specially prepared for us by a local caterer.   

Shipment: (within 1-2 weeks)

  • Once your custom fossil publication and fossil replica are ready they will be shipped to you upon completion!  

 Exciting new fossils are always waiting to be discovered!  Join our "Palaeontologist for the Day" experience to help unlock the mysteries of the past!  


Due to Covid-19 we are focused on your health and safety and are taking every measure to ensure your safety while participating in our tours.

  • Contactless ticket purchasing.
  • Outdoor setting with physical distancing.  
  • Hand sanitizer on site.
  • Small group and private tours available. 

Cancellation Policy:

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice of cancellation before the scheduled tour. If notice of cancellation is received prior to 48 hours of the scheduled tour a full refund will be issued. No refunds will be issued within 48 hours of the scheduled tour.

Weather Policy:

Fundy Treasures fossil and mineral tours take place rain or shine with the exception of severe weather. In the event of severe weather (high winds, heavy rain, lightening) on the date the tour will be cancelled. If we have to cancel due to weather, a full refund will be issued.

What to bring:

Weather along the Bay of Fundy can be unpredictable and it’s good to be prepared for anything!  Here are a few recommendations: 

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
  • Layers appropriate for wind, rain and warmth.
  • Sunscreen, a sun hat and sunglasses.
  • A camera or phone to capture photos of the scenic Bay of Fundy, fossils and minerals!
  • A water bottle and a snack are recommended.
  • A backpack is great to keep all of your necessities together!

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