Organizational Vision:

The Blue Beach site is protected, conserved, and enhanced for science, education, and public enjoyment. World-class facilities engage visitors, provide access, and raise public awareness about the significance of the site locally and globally.


To collect, conserve, research, display and interpret the globally unique paleontology of the Blue Beach area in a state-of-the-art facility for present and future generations, with special attention to the dawning of terrestrial tetrapods, the diversity of ancient fishes, and rare plant fossils.

The Blue Beach Fossil Museum Society (BBFMS), a Canadian Registered not-for-profit, was formed in 2009 and has invested their efforts in a multi-phased project to construct and operate the new and exciting world class Blue Beach Paleo-Centre — to preserve, promote, and present this unique Geo-heritage site as a vital part of the province's natural history, while contributing to lifelong learning.

The BBFM Society is a grass-roots organization at the beginning of a very big project. Government has pledged its support in the form of a rain-cheque, called Resolution 2626. But like any other non-profit organization, the society must first raise a certain portion of the initial cost of the project. Government will cover the remaining costs of construction once the society raises its share, which is estimated to be about $2.0 million. The society successfully worked through 2010 to earn its Charity Tax Status. The all-important fundraising campaign is now underway.

The Blue Beach Fossil Museum collection contains a cornucopia of new evidence about a critical evolutionary question - the origins and early radiations of the first terrestrialized tetrapods. Blue Beach is the oldest site in the world where these early 'limbed' vertebrates are proven to have come onto land. Visitors to the Centre can experience the ecosystems of an old growth forest, a salt-water marsh and ravine, and can observe migratory birds, the highest tides in the world in an upper Bay of Fundy estuary, and explore what is now regarded as possibly the best and most enigmatic fossil site in Nova Scotia. In short, for the Geo-tourist, Blue Beach has an incredible amount to offer.

The BBFMS intends to purchase 5 acres of land in order to build the Paleo-Centre other assets and intellectual property related to the curation, care, cataloguing and documenting of the fossil collection at Blue Beach, from the owners. Ownership of the fossils found at Blue Beach is vested with the Province of Nova Scotia (by legislation) and will automatically be moved into the 'new' facility once built at the location.

The building lot includes +/-20,000 square feet of waterfront property with direct and easy access to Blue Beach (development agreement with the Municipality is in progress). The preliminary functional plan envisions a 14,482 sq. ft. facility that will appropriately house and showcase the 350 million year old fossil collection. The architectural plan has not been finalized, affording potential funding partners an opportunity to contribute their own ideas to the design, therefore a specific estimate of the total capital costs associated with this project cannot be given. However, in an effort to inform the planning process for the Society, we did look at project cost estimates for two other recent large-scale museum projects in Canada (The Johnson Geo Centre in St. John's Newfoundland and The Joggins Fossil Institute in Joggins, Nova Scotia).

This proposal seeks to secure the $2.0 million is start-up capital required to access the balance of funding available to build the Paleo Centre at Blue Beach, Nova Scotia.

BBFM Society Board Members are:

  Joan Newcomb (BBFMS Chair)
  Matthew West (BBFMS Vice Chair)
  Kathie Pemberton (BBFMS Treasurer & Secretary)
  Jen Gauthier (BBFMS Director)
  Kelly LeCouter (BBFMS Director)
  Kimberley Trider (BBFMS Director)
  Heather Hartt (BBFMS Director)
  Chris F. Mansky (BBFMS Director)
  Sonja Wood (BBFMS Director)