If you’re driving the Alaska Highway in a family RV – or camping your way up or down the route with children, there are many great, educational stops along the way that you won’t want to miss.
Whether you’re beginning at Mile “0” in BC’s Dawson Creek, or somewhere in Alaska, don’t let the kids miss the dinosaur action at the Tumbler Ridge Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. It really is the perfect place to start or finish your adventure and it’s a must-see for adults, too. Read on to find out why!
This is a real dinosaur research zone, with some of the biggest dinosaur bone finds in Western Canada. The Museum operates the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre, employing paleontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley, a married couple and world renowned dinosaur research team.
In 2010, Rich and his team unearthed the most complete Hadrosaur skeleton ever found. Then, in 2014, he and Lisa
“published a paper that sent shockwaves through the international scientific community effectively proving, from trackways discovered in Tumbler Ridge, that T-Rexs were pack hunters. Because one wasn’t scary enough!”(source: tumblerridge.ca)
Volunteers and other scientists have also helped build the impressive collection here. For more information about the actual work, including what’s been found and how it’s collected, stored and displayed, please visit prprc.com.
The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery at the Museum recently expanded. It’s now bigger and better than ever! Check out a “full-scale, 100 million-year-old track environment,” an interactive theatre, material from two major BC excavations and displays that make up “the vast majority of the terrestrial vertebrate record of Western Canada.” In other words, if the “vertebrate tracks and traces” you want to see aren’t here, you probably won’t see them anywhere else!
New this year, the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery is offering Education Programs for children, giving them a close-up look at what pro dino-hunters do to make their finds, and what they do after they unearth the bones of ancient monsters.
Here’s what kids can expect to learn in Education Programs at the Gallery:
- How to prepare fossils
- How to make museum quality replicas of fossils
- How to excavate a dinosaur (or any other type of fossil)
- Outdoor activities, including neighbourhood bird-watching and games
For more information, visit the website.
Paleontology is a hot topic around here, but the Tumbler Ridge Museum intends to keep expanding, creating museum exhibits that celebrate other great aspects of this region, too, such as the abundant wildlife, including grizzlies, black bears and 227 species of birds, from the eastern and western BC habitats that merge here.
Tumbler Ridge is located along the beautiful, eastern slopes of the northern Rocky Mountains and is known as the “waterfall node of the north,” for its dozens of wild cascades. This attracts hikers and campers, not to mention jet-boat and helicopter flight-seeing enthusiasts!
To get to Tumbler Ridge, take Highway 52 from Dawson Creek or Highway 29 from Chetwynd.