The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is excited to announce the expansion of the Wolverine River Dinosaur Trackway Tour, a guided hike that leads visitors on an a three-part adventure exploring the natural history of the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark. Tours have been conducted to this site since the early 2000s. Now, thanks to trail-building work-bees led by museum volunteers, two new side-trails have been added, leading to a number of newly discovered dinosaur tracks and other fossils, and some remarkable geological features.
This tour uses low-angled lantern light to bring out elements which are barely visible in direct sunlight. Visitors will view examples of crocodile swim tracks; plant and invertebrate fossils; geological folding and faulting; and the highlight of the tour, the tracks of up to four kinds of dinosaur tracks and trackways, dating back 95 million years. Imaginations are fired as participants walk, literally, where the dinosaurs walked. Tours begin this week.
Tours start at the Tumbler Ridge Museum, 255 Murray Drive. Participants must have their own transportation, and appropriate hiking footwear. Tours must be booked in advance by calling the museum at 250-242-3466 and are weather dependent. Prices are as follows, per person unless otherwise indicated: Adults $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Youth $6, Family of five $27.
The Wolverine River site with it’s three spur trails to the three sites is a total distance of 1.5 km. There is some elevation change and there are a few rough sections, so a degree of physical fitness and balance is necessary, and the tour is not suitable for young kids under 6. Binoculars are recommended. TRMF summer students will be guiding visitors to these sites throughout the summer of 2019. Tours are not possible when the river is in flood or water levels are high.
On July 19th, 2019, a rare Tyrannosaurid track was finally recovered and brought into the Tumbler Ridge Museum’s collection.