Rockhound on Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy

For visitors to our Nova Scotia beach cottage who are interested in rockhounding or fossil hunting, the shoreline of the Bay of Fundy is one of the finest mineral collecting areas in the world. Due to tremendous volcanic activity in the area some 200 million years ago, the cliffs and beaches on both sides of the Bay of Fundy contain semi-precious stones such as amethyst, agate, jasper and thomsonite as well as rare zeolite crystals.

For fossil hunters, the remains of Jurassic era volcanoes can be found on the islands of the Bay of Fundy and peninsulas near Parrsboro. Fossilized tress, insects, plants and ferns can be found at Joggins Fossil Cliffs on Chignecto Bay.

The Town of Parrsboro holds a Gem and Mineral Show during the third week-end of August. The show features demonstrations, workshops, lectures and trips to the fossil cliffs.

Visitors come from all over the world to see the rock formations, deep ravines and secluded caves in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, a few miles down the road from the Beach House. The park offers a 45 kilometre (28 mile) coastal hiking trail and wilderness campsites. The trail begins and ends in West Advocate.

When you visit our Nova Scotia beach cottage, tour the Fundy Geological Museum just outside Parrsboro, you'll see a collection of beautiful amethyst and agate gem stones.

Information and exhibits on rockhounding can be found at The Joggins Fossil Centre and The Fundy Geological Museum.