STONEHAMMER GEOPARK (Canada)
Stonehammer Geopark is located in Southern New Brunswick on the East Coast of Canada. Stonehammer Geopark is a geological park where you can experience a billion years of Earth’s history.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The landscape of the Stonehammer Geopark has been created by the collision of continents, the closing and opening of oceans, volcanoes, earthquakes, ice ages and climate change. The rocks of our geopark have been witness to the evolution of life, from the first discovery of Precambrian stromatolite fossils, to the ‘Cambrian Explosion’ of life, to the evolution of vertebrates and the emergence of life on land. The geopark includes geological stories from late Precambrian time a billion years ago to the most recent Ice Age, and almost everything between.
Why is the Geopark called Stonehammer? Southern New Brunswick was one of the first places in Canada to be explored by geologists. In 1857 a group of young men in Saint John formed the ‘Steinhammer Club’ to explore the geology near their home. Even earlier, in 1838, another city resident Dr. A. Gesner began work as the first Provincial Geologist in the British Empire. Gesner opened one of the first public museums in Canada. Steinhammer Club members used Dr. Gesner’s reports as a guide to their work and later founded the Natural History Society of New Brunswick. Geologists have been visiting the area we have called Stonehammer ever since and continue to make new discoveries.
Stonehammer Geopark incorporates more than 60 significant geological and fossil locales, including more than 10 publicly accessible sites. Stonehammer is a community-supported organization comprised of site owners, tourism operators, members of the community and other stakeholders. The geopark encompasses 2500 square kilometres and extends from Lepreau Falls to Norton and from the Fundy Trail to the Kingston Peninsula.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States