Visitors to Alberta may not realize that Drumheller isn’t the only place to learn about the legendary creatures who walked the earth thousands of years ago.
The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is located just 15 minutes from Grande Prairie, in the Town of Wembley, beside the Pipestone Creek bone bed. Due to continued erosion of the riverbed, fossils and dinosaur bones continue to be unearthed to this day, making this a vital location for paleontological research.
“Our scientists can go find the fossils 20 minutes away, study them here, and then put them on display,” explains Dallal Olver, museum programs manager. “So, these are the fossils of the dinosaurs that walked this land millions of years ago. And now our visitors can see that these dinosaurs were actually here… they weren't shipped from somewhere else, they existed here in this landscape.”
Travel Alberta invested in a new visitor experience that brings the region’s dinosaur story to life in a whole new way. The “Secrets of the Wapiti” river rafting tour gets up close and personal with the bone bed so visitors can witness the fossil-rich landscape through the eyes of a paleontologist.