It is a late morning in September in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley, part of a North American corridor for the migration of raptors such as the Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and more.
Crouched over an expanse of exposed shale adjacent to multi-colored bands of the rock along a cliff face are several people painstakingly hunting for something. As the sun slants from the south-east, golden across the ground it provides the kind of light that helps find treasure.
What kind of treasure is this group hunting for? The oldest and most exciting treasure we have – fossils. Evidence of life here in the midwestern prairie from more than 80 million years ago.
Families, explorers, amateur paleontologists and more flock to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in southern Manitoba every year to participate in a Fossil Dig Adventure for this unique, one-of-a-kind experience.
“Bruce, the biggest Mosasaur on earth and a Guinness Record holder housed at the CFDC was not found by a paleontologist – it was found by people like the one’s who come on our digs,” said executive director Peter Cantelon.
In 2018 fossil enthusiasts from 42 countries around the world flocked to the more than 30 dig sites the CFDC runs to hunt for fossils with finds representing Mosasaurs, Sharks, Plesiosaurs, and more. Did we mention the Midwest used to be a vast interior seaway?
Want a life-changing experience of discovery? Consider a fossil dig with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.