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Hunt for Fossils in Eganville: Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada!

Find fossils in Eganville, Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada

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.


Location: 1247 Fourth Chute Rd, Eganville

The Bonnechere Caves are truly a unique experience for all ages. A visit leaves one with a better understanding and respect for our dynamic planet. We provide a safe, educational, informative and fun tour for people of all ages.

(613) 628-2283
Location: 85 Bonnechere Street, Eganville

Bonnechere Museum, also known as the Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada, presents both the natural and cultural history of life as it developed along the Bonnechere River.

(613) 628-3240
Location: 76 Bonnechere Street, Eganville

Rio Tap & Grill sits along the Bonnechere river. Enjoy dining on our patio overlooking the water. Try our Gourmet Burgers, pizza's paired with local brew. Saturday nights Prime Rib!Check out our Chubbie Chicken, great for summer dining.Take out available

(613) 628-5344

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