Annual Meeting 2017 Collections
Royal Tyrrell Museum
for the online Royal Tyrrell Museum collection.
Home to over 160,000 fossils, the Royal Tyrrell Museum collection is considered one of the richest in the world, and it continues to grow by more than 2,000 artifacts annually. Alberta has a greater diversity of dinosaur fossils than any other place on earth, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum portrays, preserves and educates about this unique heritage. Drumheller is part of the Canadian Badlands, where dinosaur fossils have been found for decades. The museum is open seven days a week, 9:00am-9:00pm, and it is recommended to schedule at least 2 hours for a visit. Admission costs $18.00 CAD/18-64; $14.00 CAD/65+; $10.00 CAD/7-17; $46.00 CAD/2 adults and up to 6 children. See two-day ticket costs here
. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is 138km/ 85 miles from Calgary.
The Royal Tyrell Museum Field Station is located at the Dinosaur Provincial Park
University of Alberta Museum
The museum embraces 29 different collections, including Vertebrate Paleontology, Drill Cores, Fossil Hominid Casts, Mammalogy, and Paleobotanical, all drawn from the University of Alberta. Located in the University’s Earth Sciences Building, the Paleontology Museum features specimens ranging from trilobites to dinosaurs, from 600 million to 10,000 years old, and looks to illustrate evolutionary issues and queries. The museum is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm; please call first at (780) 492-3265. The Museum is 299km /186 miles from Calgary.
Royal Alberta Museum
The museum gallery is currently closed during construction of new facilities.
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
One of the newest museums in the world, the Currie has won awards for its design, architecture, innovation and other facets. It also sits on one of the densest dinosaur fossil beds yet discovered, the Pipestone Creek Bonebed. Not only does the museum feature a recreation of the Bonebed, it has a glass window allowing visitors to observe the paleontology research lab and the Aykroyd Family Theatre, the only theatre in Canada to show National Geographic films. The museum is open 10:00am-8:00pm Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday –Monday. Admissions $14 CAD/adult; $11 CAD/senior/veteran; $7 CAD/students with ID and 5-17; $40 CAD/2 adults and up to 4 children. The museum is 737 km/458 miles from Calgary.
Area Museums with Paleontology Exhibits:
Dinosaur Provincial Park/Royal Tyrrell Museum Field Station
Newell County No. 4, AB (Lat: 50.753727 Long: -111.527979)
Free entrance but there are fees for camping, interpretive programs and entrance to the exhibits at the Visitors Centre.
Calgary Zoo’s Prehistoric Park
General admission $23 CAD; 60+, $21 CAD; 3-15, $15 CAD; Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm
Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur and Heritage Museum
Open Tuesday-Saturday; site tours 10:00am and 1:00pm (reservations recommended);
Alberta’s Fossil Trail
, created through a partnership between the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation and Travel Alberta, covers nine of the most impressive paleontological sites in the province. Find a map for it here
Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
The museum offers Trackway tours in addition to the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. Check the website for current information during the summer season. The museum is 922 km / 573 miles from Calgary.
Admission for all ages to Canadian national parks, historic sites and marine conservation sites is free in 2017. You must still have a Discovery Pass, but even the pass’s first class shipping is free! For more information, visit http://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/parksb2c
Area National Parks
Banff National Park
(about 180 kilometers/113 miles): The world’s third national park and the first in Canada, Banff is known for pristine scenery including the Columbia Icefields, Banff Hot Springs, and a range of outdoor activities from horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and gondolas.
Kootenay National Park
(about 166 kilometers/103 miles): Outdoor “Don’t miss” activities include the Marble Canyon, Paint Pots, Numa Falls, and the Sinclair Canyon.
Yoho National Park
(about 208 kilometers/129 miles): If you like water, you can find lots to do, from Emerald Lake to Takakkaw Falls to whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River.