Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage

The Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project promotes greater public knowledge and appreciation of the geology and related landscapes in and around Canada's National Capital Region

Ottawa-Gatineau Geology Resources


Geoscape Ottawa-Gatineau: English / French (large file, ~ 20MB)

Poster and activities that explain the landscapes, as well as the earth, water and other natural resources of the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Carleton University, Dept. of Earth Sciences

An active outreach program offering earth science educational resources to students, teachers and the general public.

University of Ottawa, Dept. of Earth Sciences

Information about courses offered and research programs.

Related Local Groups

Eastern Ontario Natural History Society

Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club

Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club

Ottawa Riverkeeper

Mississippi Valley Field-Naturalists

Ontario Parks

Stewards of Pinhey Sand Dunes

Cardinal Creek Karst

Recreational Geology in Ontario's Highlands

Macnamara Field Naturalists' Club


Biodiversity Conservancy

A local conservation project of this organization nicely demonstrates the overlap between biodiversity and geodiversity.

Cardinal Creek Karst

Protection of this site is gaining considerable support from the local Cardinal Creek Community Association.

National Groups and Resources

Canadian Geoscience Education Network 

National association that promotes earth science education and outreach to increase public awareness. Membership is free: send email to, with “Join CGEN” in subject line.

Canadian Landscapes

Searchable database of stunning images of Canada’s landscape with descriptive captions. Just select "Canadian Landscapes" from the Collections list, then click "Search".

Canadian Museum of Nature

Information on exhibits, collections (including an online database), and research in the earth (and biological) sciences of local, national, and international interest.

Earth Sciences Canada

Earth science careers information and more.


National teacher workshop program. Click on “Resources” for two manuals of activities.

Geological Association of Canada

Downloadable fact sheets about many mineral and energy topics.

Natural Resources Canada

Geoscience information, maps, images, and access to expertise within the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada.

Geoparks in Canada

The Global Network of National Geoparks, supported by UNESCO, provides a platform of active cooperation between experts and practitioners in geological heritage. Under the umbrella of UNESCO, and through exchange between the global network partners, important national geological sites gain worldwide recognition and profit through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, experience and staff with other Geoparks. 


GeoVistas are downloadable brochures that explain iconic views in Canadian parks. They are site-specific vignettes that combine engaging descriptions of geological features in the landscape with information on how they have influenced climate, ecology and culture. Precise GPS coordinates allow you to reach these accessible sites.

Mining Matters

Workshops for teachers and earth science educational resources. Part of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Wat on Earth

Online archive of a Canadian newsletter for earth sciences.

Hooper Virtual Natural History Museum

Paleontology resources, including links to other sources of information.

Earth Links

Earth Links is a collection of online resources selected by the members of CGEN. CGEN (The Canadian Geoscience Education Network) is a national network of Canadian educators and professionals interested in promoting awareness of the Earth Sciences.


The main goal of Paleourbana is to provide a global database of urban fossil sites for fossil lovers all over the world.


About Geology

An introduction to the basics of geology, by American science writer Andrew Alden.