First 2003 Exhibition in the Community Centre


For Immediate Release
May 25, 2003

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) opened its first 2003 exhibit in the Community Centre on Friday 24 May. This display, on one of the large walls above the Fireside Lounge, focuses on the remarkable fossil fishes and marine reptiles of the Fossil Fish Lake site in the remote mountains near Wapiti Lake, south of Tumbler Ridge. This site is so important internationally that it was recommended for World Heritage status.

The display was donated to TRMF by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, and is gratefully acknowledged. It includes interesting site photos and artists' impressions of the marine diversity that existed. There are also life-size cutouts of some of the larger fish that are likely to make local fishing enthusiasts envious.

Palaeontology student Marisa Gilbert, employed by the Northern Lights College to lead this year's Dino Camps, spent ten hours supervising the mounting of the display by Community Centre Staff. TRMF wishes to thank Mayor Iles and Council for their support in getting this and forthcoming exhibits established in time for the tourist season.

Another interesting addition to the exhibits is a large relief model of the Quintette Mine and surroundings, which was generously donated to the Museum Foundation by Quinette Operating Corporation. It is available for viewing in the Tumbler Ridge Public Library.

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