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Joggins Fossil Cliffs "Some of the fossils found here have not been found anywhere else in the world," Sarah Hillier, an interpreter at the site, told us. "Te timeline here at Joggins is the Pennsylvanian, or Coal Age, period, 310 to 325 million years old. All the things in the cases were living 300 million years ago. It is the best place in the world to 'see' this period." After Hillier gave us the overview at the information center, she took us down a steep path to the clifs, which are on the Bay of Fundy, and pointed out some examples of fossils of plants, reptiles and amphibians in the clifs and on the rocky beach. After leaving Joggins, we crossed into New Brunswick and proceeded to Shediac, where we boarded a lobster boat of Croisieres Shediac Bay Cruises and headed into Shediac Bay. Te crew demonstrated how they bring up lobster traps, and Captain Ron Cormier gave a humorous but informative overview of the lobster fshing industry and a demonstration of how to crack and eat a lobster. Ten it was our turn to try out his instructions on lobster dinners. 22 BANK TRAVEL M A N A G E M E N T Hopewell Rocks "When you eat lobster, if you don't have it on you somewhere, you haven't done it right," said Lisa. I must have done something right. After spending the night in Moncton, we drove a scenic route through southern New Brunswick to the Hopewell Rocks, towering rock formations that are among the Maritimes' iconic images. Te size of the Bay of Fundy tides struck home as we arrived at high tide; the water was nearly to the top of the four-story arches in the rocks. "Tides at the rocks range from 32 to 40 feet. Today it is 38 feet," said guide Jon Michael Keirstead. "It would fll the Grand Canyon 25 times." Several kayakers paddling beside the rocks in the chocolate-colored water helped put the tides' size into perspective. At low tide, visitors can walk on the ocean foor beneath the massive rocks. "We call it beautiful brown water, not dirty," said Keirstead. "In the Fundy Bay, all the sediment and mud never have a chance to settle since it is always moving. Tere also is iron in the water. S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 3

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