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Restigouche River Rafting Grounds, Pabos Formation

People have been travelling New Brunswick’s water highways for thousands of years. Like modern road travelers they have also experienced the Province’s Ordovician geology. Canoeing the Restigouche River is a long tradition in northern New Brunswick. A familiar place to many who take part in this activity is the ‘Rafting Grounds’ near Dawsonville. A short drive off the road this small boat launch provides a fine view of the Ordovician Pabos Formation along the New Brunswick shoreline of the river. This light gray rock was once the ocean floor. An inspection of the rocks reveals interesting traces made by invertebrates, animals without backbones.

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