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Hello,

I am completely new to everything related to fossils but my little brother is interested in paleontology (he is 9). I live in the north york area (toronto, ontario) and I'm considering looking for fossils with him(he has never went). The only river I really know of is the don valley river. It is possible for me to go right next to the water since there is a little animal-made trail there if that is of any importance. The river goes through the West Don Parkland. Overhead view of the river: 

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.760302,-79.4425897,284a,20y,62.99h,41.66t/data=!3m1!1e3

We aren't really looking for any specific fossils so I don't plan on going too far, I wouldn't go outside of toronto. Really anything will do. Where do you guys recommend we visit? Is winter a bad time to go fossil hunting? Is the area described above suitable for fossil hunting?

 

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Well, fossil hunting during the winter can be challenging.  The ground will be solid and that would be a pain to gather any that are stuck in the ground.  I found this, not sure if you already saw it http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2398346302.  My personal opinion is to wait until the ground unfreezes.  You may find some fossils in the area you showed.  I do not know if there are any specific places to look.  Good luck!

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Hi Furious Fossil!

 

Welcome to TFF!

 

I live on the west side of the GTA, in Mississauga, so I'm not sure about the Don River out in the east, but I've had success in finding fossils along the Humber River (under the Bloor Street bridge and the Old Mill bridge) as well as along Etobicoke Creek south of the Queensway.  All of the fossils in the GTA will be marine-based and very old - between 460-440 million years old (Upper Ordovician).  I've found lots of orthoconic nautioids as well as a smattering of other fossils such as gastropods, bivavles, brachiopods, crinoids, bryozoans, corals, and trilobites.

 

As for when to fossil-hunt - I only just started this past summer (as a result of my 6-year-old daughter's interest in fossils), but I did manage to go out once over the Christmas holidays, and I'm not going to lie - it was cold and wet, and therefore not as fun as in the summer or the fall.  But if you intend to fossil-hunt the way I do (i.e. "flipping rocks" as my daughter likes to call it!) then a frozen ground shouldn't be a problem.

 

Happy hunting, and if I can help you out in any other way, then please let me know!

 

Monica

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Hello from Finchdean U.K. Can you walk by the river?It won't be too frozen there.Bracing.We have a godmother living in Ontario,keep us posted how you do as we hoEpe to visit her soon.What a wonderful healthy hobby for you both.

 

 Enjoy,

 

   Yvie

    

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I believe there's a trail beside the Don River. I've seen people jog beside it under the Bloor St. bridge over the Don River. I don't think there's any bedrock exposure at the Don and and it's mostly sand banks exposed from what I've seen. I also think that the sands belong to the Scarborough Formation which dates back to the Wisconsinan of Pleistocene. 

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