What’s an Ordovician? Aside from being a mouthful, the Ordovician (or-duh-vi-shun) period in Earth’s History was a time when parts of Ontario’s Highlands were at the bottom of a warm tropical sea – about 500 hundred million years ago. Today, there are lots of great places to find the ancient remains of creatures that lived in that sea around the town of Eganville, so they coined the name, “Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada.”
At the Geology & Fossil Trail, you can learn the story of the last 500 million years of Ontario’s Highlands as you hunt for fossils in a park-like setting, just a short walk from downtown! Be sure to stop by the Bonnechere Museum to get an interpretive guide, and maybe have a seafood lunch at Frisco’s before you set out. And for more Ordovician fun, take a short trip to the Bonnechere Caves – Ontario’s most extensive underground cavern.