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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As we get ready to welcome in 2021, the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is happy to announce we have two new members joining our team. Caleb Grant will be taking on the Geoscientist position and is looking forward to meeting our communities and our partners. Caleb has an Honours BSc in Earth Sciences from St. FX and a MSc in Geology from Acadia University. Leah Benetti hails from Belmont, NS and will be taking on the role of Admin Assistant. Leah has a BFA in Publications from OCAD University with strong organizational and creative skills. Both Caleb and Leah will be starting work with the Geopark in January. Please join us in welcoming Caleb and Leah. ... See MoreSee Less
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As we prepare to celebrate this holiday season and usher in a healthy and happy New Year, please take time to get outdoors wherever you might be and appreciate this wonderful world around us. The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark wishes you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and we look forward to seeing you in 2021. Note that our office is closed now until January 4th. ... 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.