Field Trips

Field trips are an integral part of any Geology program. From organized overnight events to Saturday morning rockhounding, we do it all. Some of the trips we do regularly include:

  • North Mountain Basalt, Blue Beach sedimentary rocks and fossils, South Mountain granite and contact aureole - all part of the first year course

  • field exercises to investigate folds in Deep Hollow; river processes in Mill Brook; limestone beds near Windsor; glacial deposits across the Valley

  • class field trips across the South Mountain Granite

  • third year field trip to Shelburne and Yarmouth area, western Nova Scotia, to investigate igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Meguma terrane

  • Fletcher Club trips - usually we visit The Ovens to try our hand at gold panning or go to Parrsboro to investigate the Cobequid-Chedabucto Fault

  • mine and quarry visits - Bathurst lead-zinc mine, Malagash salt mine, Windsor gypsum quarry.

Students here are visiting the shore at Two Islands near Parrsboro. On this shoreline, an astonishing variety of rocks exist in close proximity along the Cobequid-Chedabucto Fault: Jurassic basalt, Triassic sandstone, Mississippian gypsum, ancient migmatite and gneiss, mylonite, and reportedly eclogitic inclusions!

This is likely the spot where the ill-fated field trip of Professor Isaac Chipman embarked to sail back to Wolfville in 1852, when off Cape Blomidon the ship encountered gale force winds and sank with loss of life of all but one boatman (see our newsletter for more about Isaac Chipman).