Old Wife

The Old Wife is at Five Islands Provincial Park. One of the most striking coastal vistas in Nova Scotia, and one of the best exposures of a monumental event in Earth history – the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea 200 million years ago, and birth of the modern continents and Atlantic Ocean. As Pangea ripped apart, the greatest outpouring of lava in Earth history gave rise to one of the Five (or Six) mass extinction events in the history of Life, wiping out the competitors of the dinosaurs and ushering in the true reign of the famous reptiles. The dark rocks are basalt – cooled lava – and the red rocks below are the sediments swept by rivers and winds in the rift valley

Geological Formation: Blomidon and North Mountain formations
Age: Late Triassic-Early Jurassic (circa 200 million years)
Directions: Five Islands Provincial Park is located 9 km west of Economy on Highway 2. Follow Bentley Branch Road approximately 3 km to the Park office. Ask for tide times and directions to the day-use picnic park where you can access the beach.
GPS Coordinates: 45.38798622, -64.05018408
Tide Times: http://www.tides.gc.ca/eng/station?sid=260


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Exciting news from the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. We will soon be opening a 2nd office, to be located in downtown Parrsboro. This venture is made possible though the efforts of many people. We will take a bit of time to get the space ready to go, but look forward to seeing you there in the not too distant future. Of course, we still have our main office in Debert, and welcome you there at any time. We are on the lookout for some donated or reasonably priced furnishings for the Parrsboro office. Has your business recently upgraded your furniture and you are looking for a new home for what you used before? Do you have some stuff taking up space in your basement or garage that could take on a Geopark life? We would be so appreciative to hear from you. In particular we need office desks and chairs, a meeting table and chairs, shelving for merchandise displays and for storage, filing cabinets, waste receptacles, and a coffee maker would be fabulous too. Please send us a private message if you can help or call us at 902-641-2225. Meanwhile check out our windows!!#cliffsoffundy ... See MoreSee Less
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The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) held a working lunch meeting yesterday to explore more ways that these two organizations can collaborate and present some shared programming in the future. Thanks to Paul Aitken and his staff at The Maple Inn for the fabulous lunch and gracious surroundings. We'll be back!#cliffsoffundy#force#mapleinnparrsboro ... See MoreSee Less
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Check our our newly expanded online store for the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. We now a fabulous collection of books for all ages by local authors and on topics in keeping with the work of the Geopark. Here is the link to our shopping page: fundygeopark.ca/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less
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On Saturday September 18th, the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark conducted a Shoreline Cleanup at three locations in Colchester County:- Glenholme (Little Dyke Beach)- Bass River (Saints Rest)- Five Islands Lighthouse ParkA big thank you to our community partners for their contributions:#WrightsPharmasave Wright’s Pharmacy for the sharps containers;#ColchesterWasteResourceManagement – for their volunteer help and for collecting and safely disposing of the trash we collected;#TruroBuzz- for their participation and for helping us spread the word;#MunicipalityofColchester- for the pylons and flagging tape;#CourtneySylvester – for volunteer time and participation;#ThrownTogetherPottery – for the weigh scales.We collected a total of 25kg of garbage from the shoreline! Our winning finding was cigarette butts with a count of 352 collected during the cleanup (over 14 packs)! Cumberland County - it's your turn in the spring!#ShorelineCleanup#cliffsoffundywww.facebook.com/ColchesterWRMwww.facebook.com/TruroBuzz/ ... See MoreSee Less
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What is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a designation that attracts tourists wishing to explore the connections between geology, local communities, culture, and nature. Geoparks are designed to promote tourism and celebrate a region’s uniqueness, and do not prohibit any land use.