Yukon and Alaska 2016 travel blog

Dinosaur foot prints from 95 million years ago

August 12th and 13th

On the spur of the moment we decide to make a detour to Tumbler Ridge where I have read about the significant discovery of dinosaur bones and tracks that was made in 2000 and has put BC on the map as a dinosaur destination that rivals Drumheller and the Tyrell Museum. A large area around Tumbler Ridge has been created as a Gobal Geopark, only one of two in North America. It was another beautiful drive down hwy 29 to the townsite and again the weather has been more summer like in the last few days than it has been. This is a very new town that grew up from coal mining in the 70's and 80's - went bust in the 90's and is coming back with tourism as the primary industry. We chose a hike that took us to the river bed where the first discovery of tracks was made which you can still see in the hardened rock. Surprisingly they have not removed the rock or protected it from people walking on it. By nighttime we stopped at Gwillim Lake just north of Tumbler Ridge. The detour to Tumbler Ridge was well worth making!

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