Can You Dig It?
Secret: If you partake in the Centrosaurus Quarry Hike, you can throw your hat anywhere and if it doesn’t land on a dinosaur fossil, it is considered an oddity!
Donna Martin, Dinosaur Park
We all know that our past shapes who we are and understanding our history can shed light on how to move forward. As hindsight is always 20-20, one thing for certain is palaeontologists that visit Dinosaur Park always uncover something new as they dig into a time when dinosaurs roamed our earth. High rates of erosion in Dinosaur Provincial Park means that new fossils are exposed each year. Prospecting for fossils in the spring often leads to exciting discoveries, or gives researchers new sites to investigate further. As the richest site in the world for Dinosaur fossils, no wonder palaeontologists from around the globe have either been here or put it high on their bucket lists.
What does this mean for you when you visit Dinosaur Provincial Park?
Simple. There are so many untapped stories to discover and you are able to receive a ‘hands on’ experience when you visit the park. Climbing the unique sandstone formations inside the circle of the Public Scenic Loop Road is a free offering that provides long lasting memorable experiences, but you are also able to “dig a little deeper” by partaking in one of several Guided Tours. Two of the most popular for families are listed below:
The Fossil Safari provides a hands-on discovery of the Park's rich fossil resource that is accessible only by tour. This program is geared to families with young children and offers an up close and educational experience. Park interpreters take you to a rich microsite where the remains of fish, turtle, mammal and dinosaur fossils are found. It’s all about the discovery when visiting this place. Quite often the words “Look what I found, Mom!” echo through the site as a child excitedly shares his latest discovery.
Price: Adult $15, Youth $8, Child $4, Family $38
Centrosaurus Quarry Hike
Hike through rugged streambeds and over sandstone ridges to reach a bonebed that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs! This 2.5 km round trip available for ages 7+ takes you to a former dig site from the late 80s where over 300 dinosaurs died suddenly.
Price: Adult $18, Youth $8, Family $44
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