There are a couple of ways to get to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. It really depends on your starting point. Let's start with looking at a map of the location of the cliffs. Click on 'Google Maps' to see a bigger version of the map. Then you can use the zoom in (+) or zoom out (-) to get a closer look. You can also use the 'directions' tool to insert your exact location.
Further down this page I have included specific driving directions from within Nova Scotia.
The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are along the Glooscap Trail in Nova Scotia. Some folks refer to it as the Fundy Shore as well. I am referring to, of course, the Bay of Fundy. This is the location of the highest tides in the world.
There is lots to see along here so try to take a couple of days to explore the area. The Glooscap trail follows the yellow highlighted area in the image below.
Take Highway 102 north when leaving Halifax. You'll be driving towards the Halifax International Airport. Merge with highway 104 west once you are near Truro.
For the most direct route to Joggins stay on the 104 west until Amherst. Take exit 4 off of the 104 and follow highway 2. After a short distance, turn right onto road 302. You'll next turn onto highway 242 which will take you through River Hebert and into Joggins.
There is a more scenic route. I have driven this route and if you have the time my suggestion is to take it. But be ready to make lots of stops along the way!
Once, you arrive in Truro on highway 102 take exit 14A (#2north & #4west highways) toward Upper Onslow. Follow highway 2 along the Fundy Shore. The views of the Bay of Fundy along this road are beautiful.
Once you arrive in Parrsboro, you will have the choice to continue on highway 2 which will take you inland where you will meet the 302 and then the 242 to Joggins. Or you can continue along the Fundy Shore and take highway 209.
At a certain point you'll start seeing signs like this one along the road.
These signs make it very easy to find Joggins. They are small so watch for them.
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Once again, if you have the time and want to see beautiful scenery I suggest you take highway 209. This road will lead you to Cape d'Or lighthouse, Advocate Harbour and the Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.
The route from Cape Breton follows the same paths as above. Highway 104 will lead you from Cape Breton to Truro. Once in Truro follow the directons above depending if you want the direct route or the scenic route.
If you will be arriving in Nova Scotia via New Brunswick on the Trans Canada Highway then you can access Joggins at Amherst. Take exit 4 off of highway 104 and then follow highway 2. After a short distance, turn right onto road 302. You'll next turn onto highway 242 which will take you through River Hebert and into Joggins.
When you turn onto road 242 toward River Hebert you'll see a sign on your right for the Maccan Tidal Wetlands Park. This is a great place to stop and get a closer view of the Bay of Fundy mud flats. You can also see the Tidal Bore here if your timing is right. A schedule of the Tidal Bore is in the park.
Hope you find this information helpful!