Hitting the Trail: Blue Beach (Hantsport, Nova Scotia)

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!


Blue Beach (Hantsport, Nova Scotia)

Blue Beach is fossil location on the Bay of Fundy that has been studied since the late 1800’s and is known as the “birthplace of vertebrate paleontology in Canada.” It is a great location because the powerful tides of the Bay reveal new and wonderful fossil discoveries each year. While the fossils are certainly the big draw to visit this location, the geology was very interesting as well. We have made two trips to the shores of Blue Beach, one in December and another in June, finding fascinating fossils each trip.


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Some Things to Know

Location: Blue Beach at Hantsport, Nova Scotia

Habitat: Seashore and woodland trail leading to the beach.

Favorite Plant & Animal Life: The ancient fossil plant life stole the show at this location; along with fossilized ripple marks and fossil mud, which was common.

Special Features: There is a museum at the head of the trail. We never had the chance to visit but have heard it is wonderful and largely responsible for the continued research that takes place at the beach. It was interesting for us to find out that the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is a sponsor of the Blue Beach Fossil Museum!

The Bay of Fundy is a destination in itself , but the same amazing tides that make the Bay so famous also make it very important to time the trip while the tide is going out, so as not to get caught far down the beach when the tide, which moves very quickly, starts to come back in.

Best Time of Year to Visit: We were there in both Summer and Winter; both seasons were great time to be there, but the wind coming off the bay in winter made for a much shorter stay on the beach. The museum is open April through October.

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  • tamara November 26, 2013, 8:43 am

    Yay! Blue Beach! I have to say thank you for giving us the idea to visit here this past summer. I think it was one of the highlights of our summer and we found a ton of cool rocks plus our first cicada!!

    We were fortunate to talk to the man who is a learned expert on the fossils at the Beach and apparently is known worldwide – very cool! He was so informative and wonderful with the kids, thrilled they had so many questions. Look forward to going back again next year!

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