Geology comes to life via rappelling, kayaking, fossil hunting and more at this New Brunswick natural wonder.
At Stonehammer Geopark, NB, travellers can experience a billion years of Earth’s geological history over 2,500 sq km (965 sq mi). (A geopark is an area of exceptional geological heritage recognized by the Global Geopark Network.)
New Brunswick’s Stonehammer Geopark includes about 60 fascinating sites, making it fun to learn about geology while kayaking, rappelling and visiting the New Brunswick Museum. Try these 10 activities:
1) Saint John’sNew Brunswick Museum: See fossils and learn how continents have collided via plate tectonics at the permanent exhibition, “Our Changing Earth.” Interactive exhibits explain the current world map after 4.5 billion years of evolution.
2) Volcanoes and tectonic plate collisions: See evidence of these and other phenomena from a kayak while paddling the Saint John River. Go Fundy Events’ guides show you and interpret stromatolites and other fossils.
3) Hit the heights: Hike Rockwood Park in Saint John, then don safety gear and rappel 554-million–year-old lava rocks with Daytripping Outdoors Adventures. After that, go geocaching using Daytripping’s clue sheets and GPS to search for hidden “caches.”
4) Take a hike: At Irving Nature Park in Saint John, hike 11 km (7 mi) along the Bay of Fundy’s coastline. Park staff can explain rocks dating from the last ice age and show you marine clay embedded with 13,000-year-old clam shells during free guided walks.
5) Best foot forward: Learn about rare, fossilized reptile footprints in 325-million-year-old rock at Lepreau Falls Provincial Park while hiking or kayaking.
6) A river ran through it: Take a boat tour of the world famous Reversing Rapids, and visit both South America and Africa without leaving your boat! (Think colliding continents and plate tectonics.)
7) Bike the 16-km (10-mi) Fundy Trail Parkway: View the birthplace of the Atlantic Ocean on a free guided tour (from mid-May to mid-October) featuring the trail’s geology, wildlife and history.
10) Grab a bite: Don’t like to kayak or hike? Dine on a Caledonia Fault Melt Sandwich at Lily’s Bistro overlooking Lily Lake, part of the Stonehammer Geopark-themed menu.
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