Our Geoparks

Percé UNESCO Global Geopark


 

The Géoparc de Percé is the first global geopark in French-speaking America. Visitors can enjoy a variety of landscapes and cultures.




Located in the extreme east of Quebec, this territory allows to discover large spaces, shared between marine and terrestrial environments, as well as striking landscapes which made the international reputation of the village of Percé.




The Percé Rock is the starting point of a long journey to learn more about the significant concentration of distinct geological formations that comprises 500 million years of Earth's history.




Geology has marked the culture of this territory witnessing many waves of migration since the presence of the Mi’kmaq people for more than 9000 years. Each of these cultures has left its mark, particularly in the built heritage and place names.




The rock formations, little transformed, have attracted the interest of several renowned researchers, such as Sir William Logan, founder of the Geological Survey of Canada. It is also in Percé that the first international congress of the GSC was held.




 The immersive Tektonik multimedia exhibition, winner of the prestigious Numix Award and of a Société des musées du Québec Award, presents a fun introduction to the geology of Percé. Hiking trails, accompanied by qualified guides, helps to understand the formation of this fabulous landscape.




 

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Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark



As North America’s first Global Geopark, Stonehammer Geopark is about geology, but it is also about people, society and culture.  Located in Southern New Brunswick on the East Coast of Canada we have a billion years of the Earth's history to share.  


Our lives are shaped by the geology; where we settle, the landscape, the crops we grow, natural hazards, water resources, climate, what we mine, and the energy we use are all linked to geology.


With a landscape created by the collision of continents, the closing and opening of oceans, volcanoes, earth quakes, ice ages and climate change, Stonehammer Geopark also includes geological stories from late precambrian time a billion years ago to the most recent Ice Age, and almost everything in between.  







 

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Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark


 

The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark is notable for its remote, wilderness location, giving visitors the authentic feeling of a sparsely inhabited frontier region.


It is the first Global Geopark in western North America, and therefore the first to represent the plate tectonics that have led to the formation of the Rocky Mountains.


Mountain and foothill geology spans a Precambrian to Cretaceous time range, as well as Pleistocene deposits, and preserves part of the Triassic  Pangea shoreline, as well as the interchanging marine and terrestrial intervals of a fluctuating Western Interior Seaway.


This is complemented by an abundance of palaeontological phenomena, which form the basis for ongoing scientific research, exhibits and programs. Cretaceous dinosaur tracks (many of which are of global significance), a Cretaceous dinosaur bonebed with unusual features, and Triassic fishes and marine reptiles are of particular importance.


The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge forms a major attraction, while a network of hiking trails leads to numerous Geosites, including an abundance of spectacular waterfalls, dinosaur trackways, mountain summits, sedimentary rock formations, caves and canyons.


   

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Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark Website