Research

The Cliffs of Fundy region has been a centre of research since the 1830’s, when Abraham Gesner was the local physician and the minerals and fossils of the Bay of Fundy attracted
Charles Lyell and others.

The discovery in 1984 of the early Jurassic crocodile, mammal-like reptile and dinosaur fossils at Wasson Bluff became further inspiration for local researchers.

The region now attracts a variety of both local and international research projects including those directed at rift-basin development, paleontology, and resource development. Currently, researchers from Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute, Columbia University, and others from the UK have done recent work in the area.

Historical and Genealogical Research
The Age of Sail Museum, Ottawa House Museum, Cobequid Interpretive Centre, and Bass River Heritage Museum offer facilities and archives to support research related to local history, genealogy, and the ship-building history of the Parrsboro shore.

Bay of Fundy Tides and Ecology
The FORCE Tidal Centre research site focuses on implementation of tidal power generation and provides infrastructure and logistic support for international research teams conducting field trials to install tidal power generating units in the Minas Basin. Ecology field programs also monitor potential impacts and long-term effects.

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Tomorrow Monday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, an annual event to recognize the experience of residential schools.

Individuals and communities across Canada continue to suffer the intergenerational effects of the violence from residential schools. “Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 as a result of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. On her first day at residential school Phyllis had her new orange shirt taken away from her. Phyllis' experience is used today to teach students about residential schools and their assimilation practices.”

The date of September 30 was chosen for the annual event because it is the time of year in which Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to residential schools. In addition to simply wearing an orange shirt on September 30, this annual event encourages Canadians to learn about the history of residential schools.
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Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Global Geopark

More inspiration from Nikos Zouros, President of the Global Geoparks Network and Cliffs of Fundy evaluator ... See MoreSee Less

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This poster says it all: Geoparks are all about connecting people with the Earth (the geological map of Europe as backdrop ...) Making new partnerships for Cliffs of Fundy at the 15th European Geoparks Conference ... See MoreSee Less

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***It's Contest Time***

As the season changes, a new and wonderful landscape is revealed! Share the story of your favourite landscape within the Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark boundary (from Debert to Cape Chignecto and into the Cobequids) using a photograph and a brief description of the image and what it means to you!

Everyone who posts will be entered into a draw to win a Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark hat, pin, and guidebook !

Contest ends October 4th at 9:00 am.
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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.