The first commercial mine was set up by Major Henry Cope in 1731, but was destroyed by the Mi'kmaq in November 1732.Samuel Mc Cully opened a mine in 1819 with much of his production being shipped by sea to Saint John, New Brunswick and other markets, but went out of business in 1821 having mined less than 600 tons.The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world.Visitors can walk on the ocean floor at low tide, or go rafting on the tidal bore.In 2008, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs were designated as a UNESCO natural heritage site.The Joggins Fossil Centre is the museum built on the fossil cliff to display the fossils. The dramatic coastal exposure of the Coal Age rocks, known as the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, are continually hewn and freshly exposed by the actions of the tides in the Cumberland Basin.The fossils consist mainly of ferns, prehistoric trees and early sea life.The daily high tide erodes the cliff, the stone fossils fall out of the coal and are left on the shore when the tide recedes.
Mi'kmaq legend tells of the a mythical transformer, Glooscap, who created Nova Scotia and controlled the great tides with his magical powers.
Today in addition to tourism, the area is known for the commercial cultivation of wild blueberries and agricultural food processing.
The roads and bridges to Joggins were improved in the 1980s and 1990s and area has become popular for tourism, summer homes and retirees.
Old coal mine working are eroding out of the sea-cliffs at Joggins.
Recently dendrochronology had been employed to date the timber pit props.