Joggins Fossil Cliffs to celebrate five-years

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JOGGINS – Five years ago Sunday the Joggins Fossil Cliffs became Canada;s 15th UNESCO World Heritage site.

To celebrate, the Joggins Fossil Institute – the non-profit, charitable organization that manages the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Joggins Fossil Centre – will be hosting programming and events throughout the year, but highlighted event will be their inaugural fundraiser on Saturday, July 6th, called “Cocktail Party in the Carboniferous” (Carboniferous is the time period in earth’s history the UNESCO site represents). 

The event runs from 7-9 p.m. at the centre and will include a toast on the beach of the cliffs by a designate of the office of Honourable Dr. Leonard Preyra’s office, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 

In conjunction, the centre will host the opening of an art exhibition by Québecois artist Bernard Pelletier, who has created paintings of all of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites commissioned by Parks Canada. This exhibition of Pelletier paintings will be on display at the Joggins Fossil Centre until September. 

During the cocktail party there will be a silent auction of local art and gift packages, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Funds raised will go towards research and educational initiatives of the Joggins Fossil Institute.

On Sunday, July 7th, the official anniversary of UNESCO inscription will take place with a 12:30 p.m. barbecue and community “beach sweep” beginning at 2 p.m.  The beach sweep is a chance for the community to engage in exploring the beach with guest scientists and researchers looking for new fossils and discoveries.

For more information on 5th Anniversary events and programming, or tickets, call 902-251-2727 or visit


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Organizations: UNESCO, Joggins Fossil Institute, Joggins Fossil Centre

Geographic location: Canada

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