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Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is home for the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. Discover the amazing marine life from earth’s pre-historic era in the vast galleries of the Discovery Centre. You can experience the wonderous fossil dig adventurous tours conducted annually by the Centre for children, families and the enthusiasts.
Visit Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre for a breath-taking glimpse into the world of marine reptile fossils!
Come face to face with Bruce, the fearsome marine reptile wonder from the bygones! Bruce belonged to the late Cretaceous period, that is approximately from 80 million years ago. Bruce was a Tylosaur, the largest species of the Mosasaurs. Measuring a length of almost 43 feet from head to tail, Bruce was the largest animal in that timeline.! Bruce, the ferocious predator, was found in 1974 in Thornhill. When excavated, a significant volume of the original bones was found to be intact. The excavation and restoration efforts of Bruce are awe-inspiring
This is as REAL as It gets! Budding palaeontologists and adventure enthusiasts can dig their hands dirty by joining the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre’s excavation (CFDC) team in the actual dig site, the beautiful Pembina Hills! Unearthing 80 million-year-old fossils from the bygone period and learning the tricks of the trade of excavation of rare species from the subject matter experts is indeed an exhilarating experience! You have the rare opportunity to uncover a fossil, help add the fossil details to the Centre’s collection and learn to apply a plaster field jacket to safeguard the newly excavated remains! CFDC is operational in more than 30 dig sites and you can opt to visit any of these sites for the first-hand experience! The Centre’s dig sites are located at panoramic locations, offering the tourists an enchanting view of the scenic beauty around on the drive to the sites. CFDC offers 4 different types of fossil dig tours and visitors can opt for any of the 4 tours as per their convenience: Half day fossil dig, one day fossil excursion, two-day fossil excursion, five-day fossil excursion. CFDC offers special education tours for organizations, large groups and not-for-profit organizations.
Test your escape skills and clue solving ability by being part of this exciting game. You are locked inside a 12'x12' escape room (Cretaceous Park) and you must escape ensuring the poachers do not steal away the precious marine reptile fossils. There are multiple clues hidden in the room and you must identify and solve the clues to escape. The time limit is 1 hour and you can be anointed in the Hall of Fame if you are able to escape with no more than two clues.
Museum Tours are provided with expert tour guides for Schools, Families, Youth and Adult organizations. All the museum tours are available in English, Russian and Ukrainian! These Museum tours are available year-round, from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Looking to uncover a different experience beyond the fossil exhibits? You and your family can watch a movie in the Museum Theatre at the Centre. The movie experience comes free with the museum admission and you can enjoy beverages, popcorn and chips for a nominal 1$! You can rent the kid-friendly Theatre that can seat 80 people for the larger family and commercial events.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters available at the main entrance of the venue! For museum guided tours and fossil dig tours, tickets must be booked one week in advance.
How To Get Around?
The CFDC is located on Gilmour Street in Morden. You can access the Centre by road in a car or opt for bus tours. You will spend close to 80 minutes to reach the Discovery Centre from Highway #3, Winnipeg.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is open all year-round and visit during summer to enjoy the outdoor dig tours! Indoor fossil tours are organized during rain breaks or winters.
Will I Need a Guide?
The Centre offers guided tours and it is better to seek the help of a guide if you are interested in getting a deeper understanding of the marine life and learn the tools and techniques of excavation.
How To Get There?
Nearest Airport is Winnipeg, James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. You can access the Discovery Centre from Highway #3, Winnipeg and will require close to 80 minutes to reach.
Maximum of 50 participants for guided tours to the museum. Please book your tour a minimum of one week in advance to ensure availability of space. Minimum age is 10 for Adventure Dig Tours and Indoor Fossil Tours. CFDC is wheelchair accessible. Plenty of parking space provided that can accommodate even buses.