Field Trips

The East Coast of Canada is a terrific location to visit classic and informative field locations and Halifax 2022 will feature many of these in the field trip program.

For any questions about the Field Trips please contact Amy Tizzard: amy.tizzard@novascotia.ca (902-774-1411).

Self-Guided Trip

  • FT-C1Self-guided, accessible walking tour of Halifax/Dartmouth
    • Flexible
    • Leader: Tim Fedak

Pre-conference Field Trips

  • FT-A1 Salt tectonics along a late Paleozoic transform fault, Nova Scotia
    • This two-and-a-half day trip will visit spectacular coastal sites in Carboniferous rocks of the Maritimes Basin that were deposited and deformed in a transform-fault setting during the assembly of Pangea, with the exciting extra dimension provided by salt tectonics. The trip will be of interest to structural, sedimentary, and resource geoscientists working in tectonically active sedimentary basins. It will visit distinctive features of Nova Scotia geoheritage, including the Joggins Fossil Centre, the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, and the Pictou Coalfield.
    • May 12-14, 2.5 days
    • Leader: John Waldron
  • FT-A2 Geology, Groundwater and Wines of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
    • Exploration of the local geology, soil characteristics, groundwater influences and of course the wines of the southern Nova Scotia terroir of the eastern Annapolis Valley, one of Canada’s emerging wine regions! Here distinctive Nova Scotian mesoclimates, proximity to the moderating influences of the Bay of Fundy and Atlantic Ocean, and landscapes and soils shaped by multiple ice ages together generate a complex interplay of climate, soil, geology, and groundwater that influence the character and quality of grapes, thus creating a unique terroir. We will also explore the importance of groundwater resources to the vitality of the Town of Wolfville and Fundy area and the vulnerability of these resources to the effects of climate change.
    • May 15, 1day
    • Leaders: Denise Brushett, David Brown, Gavin Kennedy, Barret Kurylyk
  • FT-A3 3-D Virtual Book Cliffs Tour, Coal Creek and Deadman Canyons, Utah;
    • This trip will examine Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Coastal plain, Shoreface and Offshore Successions of the late Cretaceous outcrops along Utah’s Book Cliffs area, ideal for studying fluvial, near-shore and off-shore marine deposits. This tour will use data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to examine up to 400 m of vertical section along the front face and side-canyons, allowing participants to navigate kilometers of photorealistic, true-to-scale outcrops with the swipe of a mouse in real time in a live session. The tour includes a comprehensive summary document and a virtual field trip video recording for participants.
    • TBD, virtual
    • Leaders: Ruby Strobl, Wes Sutherland
  • FT-A5 Carbonate Hosted Pb-Zn Mineralization of Maritime Carboniferous Platforms
    • This 2-day excursion will visit the Gays River and Walton Pb-Zn Mines and include examination of drill core intersections of mineralization as well as key outcrops displaying host Carboniferous stratigraphy
    • May 13-14, 2 days
    • Leaders: Sean McClenaghan, Jim Michaels, Geoff Baldwin
  • FT-A6 Geology of the Coastal Volcanic Belt exposed along the coast of Passamaquoddy Bay
    • This trip will focus on mineral deposits; volcanic facies, sequences, and lithogeochemistry of the Coastal Volcanic Belt of New Brunswick. 
    • May 12-15, 4 days
    • Leaders: Nancy Van Wagoner, Dave Lentz

Post-conference Field Trips

  • FT-B1 Northwest African and Iberian crustal blocks in eastern North America – geological comparisons and correlations
    • The purpose of this 5-day field tip is to bring together geoscientists working in eastern North America, northwest Africa, and Europe to discuss potentially correlative crustal blocks with northwest African origin that are now dispersed across the three continents. Fragments of at least three of these blocks occur in Nova Scotia, and hence it is an obvious focus for the field trip. Other areas (NL, southern NB, and SE New England) will be high-lighted during evening “virtual” field trips. This field trip is part of International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) project IGCP 683 (https://igcp683.org/) led by Faouziya Haissen (Hassan II University – Casablanca, Morocco), Yvette Kuiper (Colorado School of Mines, USA), Pilar Montero (University of Granada, Spain), and Sandra Barr (Acadia University, Canada). IGCP 683 will also organize a special session or symposium during the conference.
    • May 19-22, 5 days
    • Leaders: Sandra Barr, Yvette Kuiper, Deanne Van Rooyen, Chris White
  • FT-B2 Stratigraphy and tectonic setting of the Bathurst Mining Camp
    • May 18-21, 4 days
    • Leaders: Jim Walker, Aaron Bustard, Dustin Dahn
  • FT-B3 Telling the story of the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark, Nova Scotia: linking geoheritage, indigenous heritage and culture
    • The three-day field trip will demonstrate the interpretive storyline of internationally significant geological features and expose participants to the many aspects of local indigenous and colonial heritage. We will visit some of the readily accessible geosites, demonstrating the history of the Minas Fault Zone at West Advocate, East Bay and Clarke Head and the Mesozoic sedimentation and magmatism at Cape d’Or and Partridge Island. Both Cape D’Or and Partridge Island hold even greater significance as sites of Mi’kmaw heritage and archeology. The Geopark endorses the concept of “Two Eyed Seeing” where indigenous understanding and western scientific practice coexist with equal respect.
    • May 19-21, 3 days
    • Leaders: Caleb Grant, John Calder, David Piper, Georgia Pe-Piper, Louise Leslie
  • FT-B4 Paleozoic Petroleum, CO2, and Geothermal Systems of the Maritimes Basins
    • The proposed field trip will provide an overview of the petroleum, CO2 and Geothermal systems of the Paleozoic Maritimes Basin of Atlantic Canada in the Cumberland Basin area. Syndepositional collapse structures, channel bodies and coal deposits of the Carboniferous section will be viewed along the cliffs of the Joggins UNESCO World Heritage site.  We will also visit Department of Energy and Mines Geoscience and Mines Branch Core Library in Stellarton. Here the group will view cores of the Cumberland basin analogous to the outcrops visited on Day 1.
    • May 19-20, 2 days
    • Leaders: Grant Wach, Dave Keighley, Carla Skinner, Trevor Kelly, Ricardo L. Silva
  • FT-B5 The Geological Setting of Romer’s Gap: a session in memoriam of Jenny Clack
    • A visit to classical locations in the Tournaisian and Viséan rocks of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia illustrating the geological context of Romer’s Gap and some of the environments where tetrapod evolution occurred during this interval. Locations to be visited include the Lower Tournaisian lacustrine deposits of the Horton Group (NB and NS), the semi-arid playa lake deposits of the Upper Tournaisian (NB) and the Windsor Group sections (NS).
    • May 18-20, 3 days
    • Leaders: Adrian Park, Steven Hinds, Matt Stimson, Olivia King

Pleasant Bay Complex, Cape Breton Island (photo D. van Rooyen)