Welcome to this, our companion web site for our 4th magazine designed specifically to help travellers in Western Canada, get the most out of their vacations.
Perhaps just like you, we’ve been fascinated by dinosaurs since we were small kids. There is something magical and mystical about dinosaurs and the 1993 launch of the Jurassic Park film franchise brought dinosaurs to life for the masses. Sam Neill plays Dr. Alan Grant, a leading paleontologist in this movie and it is said that this character was modelled, in part after Philip John Currie.
Currie is a Canadian palaeontologist who helped found the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta. He is now a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and one of the primary editors of the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Currie has been involved with fossil discovery at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, and many other locations in Western Canada and internationally. In 2015, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum opened in Wembley, Alberta. This museum features one of the world’s richest dinosaur-bone beds, Pipestone Creek.
Why are dinosaur finds so common in Western Canada?
Millions of years ago, what is now the Pacific Northwest, was covered by a vast inland sea and tropical vegetation. Dinosaurs roamed freely across this vast area (See our coverage in the 2011 edition of Experience the Mountain Parks at http://dig.cmipublishing.ca/i/99755).
Over the centuries, evidence of their existence in this region was covered by soil deposits, however erosion, largely caused by wind and water in and around river valleys, has exposed dinosaur bones across Western Canada and the Northern States. These bones and dinosaur tracks have been found from Eastend, Saskatchewan, to Hudson’s Hope, BC, from the Crowsnest Pass to Fort McMurray, and beyond.
Dinosaur Provincial Park, the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Calgary Zoo, and the Royal Alberta Museum are just four of the many attractions with interactive displays and artifacts bringing dinosaurs back to life for kids of all ages. And when it comes to dinosaurs, let’s face it, we’re all still just kids at heart!
Our publishing team has already mapped out the stories that we are going to run in 2017, and as they are written, we are going to post them on this site. Once the first magazine (and subsequent issues) are published, they will be uploaded into our Mobile Library, so that you will be able to download them and take them with you on your dino vacation.
We run reader contests in all of our magazines, so if you are enjoying a dinosaur vacation in 2016, or have had the good fortune to be in the area in recent years, plan to share your photos with us for a chance to win our Reader Photo Contest.
The 2017-2018 edition of Experience the Dinosaur Trails is due to hit the streets on April 1, 2017, so watch the Our Distributors Page for a location near you, where you can pick up a hard copy of the magazine!