Explore Geoheritage Day

Saturday September 23, 2023

As part of our 70th Anniversary celebrations, we welcome the general public, Alumni and anyone with a curiosity for Earth Sciences to join us for our 15th Annual Geoheritage Day! Come out and visit exceptional geological sites in local parks and green spaces!


Click here to visit the new Geoheritage Day website


We will be posting some local sites that will be hosted on the day, so watch out for that update a few weeks before the event!

Some hosted sites could include:

  • Champlain Lookout, Gatineau, Quebec / Belvédère Champlain, Gatineau

  • Champlain stromatolites, Gatineau, Quebec / Stomatolites du pont Champlain

  • Place Gascon, Cantley

  • Hog's Back Falls, Prince of Wales park, Ottawa / des Chutes de Hogs Back, parc Prince of Wales Ottawa

  • Pinhey Sand Dunes, Nepean / Dunes de Sable Pinhey

  • Cardinal Creek Karst, Orleans / Karst de Cardinal Creek, Orléans

  • Mer Bleue Bog, Orleans / La tourbière Mer Bleue

  • South March Highlands Hike, Kanata / Randonnée au South March Highlands

  • W. Erskine Johnstone and Georges Vanier Catholic Schools / École W. Erskine Johnstone et École catholique Georges Vanier

  • Carleton University, Earth Sciences Sample Preparation Laboratory, Herzberg Building

  • Carleton University, Geoheritage Park boulder exhibit 

You can also visit sites on your own, or stay in and explore spectacular local and national geosites across Canada virtually through our Geoheritage Day website!

Site Information 

Brochure 2022

We have added more Geoheritage Sites to the Google Map, lots of information and images, and a selection of curated Virtual Field Trips to explore. Learn more about how geological processes have shaped the regional landscape, given us a glimpse into past environments and life forms and provided resources for our use.

Come out or stay in and spend the day with some remarkable rocks, minerals and fossils!

Updates and Changes for 2023 will be listed below (coming soon): 

  • A selection of local geosites will be hosted, with live experts-please see the list above
  • Other sites will be un-hosted, with information posted on our Geoheritage Day website
  • Guests can visit sites in person; please ensure you follow all local and provincial COVID19 protocols and other relevant regulations
  • Please note that collecting is not permitted on National Capital Commission property
  • We would love to receive pictures from guests who are able to visit the sites. We'll post these pictures on our webpage and social media outlets. Please email pictures to: earth [dot] sciencesatcarleton [dot] ca

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