Fall 2019: (Date TBA)
Geoheritage Day is our annual event that highlights the spectacular geological sites in and around the National Capital. Started in 2008, we typically host between 6 and 12 sites per year which showcase evidence of past environments and life forms, the geological processes that have shaped the region, and how those processes have influenced urban planning and provided resources for our use.
Some favourite sites include:
- Champlain Bridge Stromatolites, Gatineau
- Champlain Lookout, Gatineau Park
- Hogs Back Park, Ottawa
- South March Highlands Hike, Kanata
- Cardinal Creek Karst, Orleans
- Pinhey Sand Dunes, Nepean
- Mer Bleue Bog, Orleans
- Carleton University Earth Sciences Sample Preparation Laboratory – visitors are welcome to bring a rock to cut, and get help to identify it.
Volunteers from Carleton University’s Department of Earth Sciences and the Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project and our partners the Cardinal Creek Community Association and the Biodiversity Conservancy are on hand to explain what there is to see and how each site fits into the local geological history.
Watch this page for updated information. We hope you will come join us at your local parks and green spaces to visit some remarkable rocks, minerals and fossils at our 11th annual Geoheritage Day in fall of 2019!
Did you know?
In the last 2 billion years our National Capital has been home to a huge mountain chain, a tropical beach, a habitat for large whales, and buried under 2km of ice…
Thank you to all of our partners and volunteers!
- Biodiversity Conservancy International
- Cardinal Creek Community Association
- Carleton University and University of Ottawa students (GeoSoc and Grad Student Society)
- Ottawa-Carleton Geoheritage Project