TUMBLER RIDGE MUSEUM FOUNDATION (TRMF)
DINOSAUR TRACKWAY TOURS
Williston Lake Dinosaur Track Site
For the first time since the late 1970s, palaeontologists have the opportunity to investigate a large-scale track surface from the Early Cretaceous Gething Formation (approximately 100 million years old) of northeastern BC since the Peace River Canyon hydroelectric dams went online. These track types were first described by Charles M. Sternberg in the 1930s, and were the first ever Cretaceous-age dinosaur tracks described from North America. Sternberg's original sites may be inaccessible, but this new site will provide the opportunity to apply new techniques to a historically and scientifically important fossil footprint region.
This project is possible thanks to the generous contribution by The Dalglish Family Foundation.
We also thank the generous contributions by (in alphabetical order):
BC’s first (and western Canada’s oldest) accumulation
of dinosaur skeletal material was discovered in a canyon
near Tumbler Ridge in
2002. The TRMF palaeontologists spent much of the summers of 2003, 2004 and 2006 excavating the site. Well over 200 bones have been removed and await preparation in the Peace region Palaeontology Research Centre. This fragile site is not accessible to the public.
NEW! BC’s Hadrosaur Excavation
In the summer of 2007 PRPRC palaeontologists discovered the remains of a large (+10m) hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) in 75 million year old deposits of northeast British Columbia. Since 2008 the PRPRC Research Team has been working to uncover what is now British Columbia’s most complete dinosaur skeleton. To date sections of the spinal column, hips, tail, and right leg have been uncovered, as well as numerous ribs and vertebrae and tyrannosaur teeth. Work will continue on the excavation until the hadrosaur is removed safely to the PRPRC for cleaning, reconstruction, and display!
The Community Centre houses the non-palaeontological exhibits, and includes an interactive display, while the Dinosaur Discovery gallery houses the palaeontological exhibits. Both venues are well signposted in Tumbler Ridge.
The Museum Foundation presents winter and summer lecture
series in co-operation with the Tumbler Ridge Public Library.
Phone 250 242 4350 for an updated schedule.