Drumheller: Here be dinosaurs

Deep in the boring flatness of western Canada’s prairies lies one of the richest deposits of fossils in the world, naturally the locals capitalized on this to create a less dangerous and less exciting version of Jurassic Park.

Within the building itself are thousands of fossils, complete skeletal models towering overhead and dozens of adorable models of the smaller less lethal prehistoric critters.

The gift shop is well stocked should one need to prove they visited with a commemorative ruler or set of crayons.

One of the more fascinating parts of the whole experience is exploring the dioramas and so forth for hidden creatures and information plaques that seem to be almost everywhere.

Some of the exhibits showcase the ancestries of primate species through their various skulls and other bones.

Passing through an eerie blue tunnel dedicated to sea monsters and the like leads to a wooded area full of plants that I assume were cloned from bees caught in amber or some such nonsense.

Thankfully they provided some benches that appeared free of blood spatter easing my fear of raptor attacks somewhat. There is also a wishing well off to the side, seeming quite out of place I assume it is intended to serve as a memorial for all the time travelers of the future who will have died in a long distant past due largely to their skill set being based around medieval Irish mason work.

Not limited to animals the arboretum contains all manner of ancient plants

Not limited to animals the arboretum contains all manner of ancient plants

The difference in time between stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus is greater than the difference in time between tyrannosaurus and me.

The difference in time between stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus is greater than the difference in time between tyrannosaurus and me.

As a reminder not to use flash photography all of the glass is polarized to ruin photos taken with the flash on

As a reminder not to use flash photography all of the glass is polarized to ruin photos taken with the flash on

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