Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark


With a landscape created by the collision of continents, the closing and opening of oceans, volcanoes, earth quakes, ice ages and climate change, Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark includes geological stories from the late precambrian time a billion years ago to the most recent Ice Age, and almost everything in between – a playground has been created in Southern New Brunswick! As North America’s first UNESCO Global Geopark, Stonehammer is about geology, but it is also about the people, society and culture. You can hike, kayak, rock climb, zip, eat and tour … you’ll have fun every step of the way!

Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark is Canada’s main partner in the Drifting Apart project and is leading Work Package Five; Best practice in geopark development and management within the partnership but also further afield will be researched, leading to the development of a management model. The management model will be  tested on the partners during the life of the project for a final assessment towards the end of the project. Tailored guidelines for aspiring geoparks will be developed through data collection.

Canadian partners have been researching and collaborating on projects for Drifting Apart and will soon roll them out across the communities of the two Canadian geoparks.

Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark has chosen four geosites to focus on to tell the Drifting Apart story in southern New Brunswick and Cabox Aspiring Geopark has also chosen four geosites to tell the story on the west coast of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Drifting Apart provides an opportunity to build capacity in our local communities boosting economic sustainability and providing useful resources which will be valuable for the area for years to come, such as teachers notes on local geology sites.


Stonehammer Geopark is assisted by the following partners:

– Cabox Aspiring Geopark
New Brunswick Museum – will be providing their expertise to the project for a number of the work packages for Stonehammer.

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