Virtual Field Trips of Ontario

Welcome to GeoscienceINFO Virtual Field Trips! These field trips will take you to worlds you never knew existed throughout Ontario, Canada; primordial seas, explosive volcanoes, giant meteors, ancient marine creatures, and more! Choose your trip and discover. Do you have a field trip that you'd like to submit? Download our Submission Form.



What to take: Hand lens or magnifying glass, hiking boots or sturdy shoes, a camera, notebook and pen, clothing appropriate for rain or shine. GeoscienceINFO encourages you to take pictures and not samples, so leave your rock hammers at home.

Safety: There is the risk of injury at any field site; however, this risk can be greatly minimized by using good judgement and understanding the hazards that surround you. When viewing outcrops near roads, stay as far from the road as possible. Avoid climbing outcrops, and stick to paths. Always be sure to visit field sites with at least one other person, and make sure to have local emergency numbers on hand.

Field trip rating guides: Each field trip will list the level of difficulty, duration, and accessibility.
Difficulty: Scale of 1 to 5, from easiest to hardest. This indicates the approximate fitness level required, where 1 is an easy walk, and 5 requires a higher level of fitness.
Duration: The approximate duration of the field trip.
Accessibility: Scale of 1 to 3, where 1 means that all or many stops are easily accessible; 2 means that some stops are easily accessible; and 3 means that stops are not easily accessible.



  Southeast Ontario
Kingston

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 2
Discover the "Great Unconformity", recognized by legendary geologist W.E. Logan! Separating ancient Proterozoic rocks from younger Ordovician rocks, this gap in the geologic record represents about 500 million years, and is preserved best here in Kingston, Ontario! If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Ottawa

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 2 days   Accessibility: 2
Our nation’s capital is home to a rich geological history that spans from the Precambrian to the Ordovician. Learn its history, and discover the local rock used to build our parliament buildings! If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Metcalfe Park

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 2 hours   Accessibility: 1
It may be small, but this park is full of geological history! Opened in 2016, this park offers 22 display rocks, along with a complete geological history of each rock. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Bancroft

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 2 days   Accessibility: 2
Bancroft, Ontario is the “Mineral Capital of Canada”. A popular destination for rockhounds, Bancroft’s mountain-building past has resulted in the formation of a diverse collection of minerals. Definitely worth a visit! If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.


  Northeast Ontario
Sudbury

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 2
Come visit the Sudbury basin and its surrounding area! Learn about the massive meteor that hit the Sudbury area 1.85 billion years ago, and see the evidence of this impact that remains today. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Kirkland Lake

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 2
Travel down the Mile of Gold in Kirkland Lake, learn about its rich geological history, and how it became a world-renowned source of gold. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Timmins

Difficulty: 2   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 3
Known for its gold, Timmins is a rich source of ore deposits. Learn about the complex events in the Precambrian that led to the diverse array of rock formations we see today. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Manitoulin Island

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 2 days   Accessibility: 1
Come visit Manitoulin Island and see rock spanning from the Precambrian to the Silurian. This area was once home to large shallow-water coral reef systems that was populated by a diverse array of organisms. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Cobalt

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 2
It may seem like just a quaint town in northern Ontario, but Cobalt was once a major hub in Ontario! Its rich history of silver and cobalt mining has made this town a tourist destination. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.


  Southwest Ontario
Waterloo

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 3 hours   Accessibility: 1
Take a walking tour of uptown Waterloo! Learn about its local geology and the history of the stones that make up some of its major buildings. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.

Arkona

Difficulty: 2   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 3
Find out what animals you would find living in south-western Ontario 360 to 400 million years ago! From brachiopods to crinoids, and everything in-between, these were busy seas during the Devonian! If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.


  Northwest Ontario
Thunder Bay

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 2
From canyons to mountains, mudstones to amethyst, Thunder Bay is a geological treasure trove! Take a tour through this wonderful city located on the northern shores of beautiful Lake Superior. If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.


  Central Ontario
Niagara Falls

Difficulty: 1   Duration: 1 day   Accessibility: 2
Take a day-trip around the Niagara Peninsula! Learn about the shallow seas that formed the exposed outcrops, and how the spectacular Niagara Falls reached its current location! If you have trouble opening the map, please click here.