One year ago the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
was contemplating the concept of a dinosaur theme camp for
kids and wondering how to get the dinosaur remains, embedded
in 93-million-year-old rock, out of a canyon and safely relocated
to Tumbler Ridge.
The onset of 2004 brings a whole new vision. How will the Dino
Camp program be expanded to accommodate the demand? What else
will we find when we venture once more into the canyon, following
2003’s successful excavation of more than fifty dinosaur
bones and various fossil specimens from the late Cretaceous
period? And what role will the newly established Palaeontology
research centre play in Tumbler Ridge’s future?
The financial contributions from various organizations and
the support of communities within the Peace Region made it
possible to not only meet deadlines and project budgets but
to develop and implement initiatives that will make a real
difference to this community.
The support of the Mayor and Councillors of the District of
Tumbler Ridge is again acknowledged, for without Council’s
endorsement the excavation, creation of exhibits, and research
centre would not have been possible. One year ago, Council
decided to allocate $50,000 for a consultant to complete a
strategic plan, feasibility study and business plan for the
museum facility in Tumbler Ridge. At the same time, from the
Economic Development capital budget, $12,000 was approved for
use by the TRMF in the creation of several museum exhibits.
As the summer of 2003 progressed donations came in and new
priorities became apparent, necessitating a juggling of funds
between accounts. In the end, of the $62,000 allocated by the
District only $55,000 was spent. $10,000 of the consulting
funds was reallocated for equipment for the excavation. Generous
donations by Quintette and Bullmoose Operating Corporations
in the form of oak and glass cabinets resulted in a savings
of almost $10,000 in the exhibit account. The dinosaur remains
recovered from the canyon needed a safe storage facility, and
an agreement was made to lease space in the TR mini mall. $5000
from the unused exhibit fund was reallocated to cover rent
of this building for the remainder of 2003.
And what did the taxpayer get in return for this investment?
BC’s first dinosaur remains.
A role in Tumbler Ridge’s 520% increase in tourism.
Museum exhibits available for public enjoyment.
Opportunities for educational programs, increased public awareness
and the first palaeontology research station in the province.
National and international exposure - thanks to Discovery Channel
- and media coverage that money can’t buy.
Tumbler Ridge is being talked about in a positive way and people
want to know how they can help this community continue to thrive.
Diversification of our economy and the prospect of significant
The TRMF applauds the people who have actively contributed
to this end. In addition to the District of Tumbler Ridge,
we acknowledge with appreciation the in-kind contributions
from Chetwynd Forest Industries ($10,000) Northern Lights College,
4-Way Equipment, House of Tools, Quintette and Bullmoose Operating
Corps, LaPrairie Crane and architectural designer Helen Vokaty.
Grants and donations were received from the Royal BC Museum’s ‘Living
Landscapes’ program ($11,000) SciTech North ($7000) Duke
Energy ($5000) HRDC ($2800) Dr. Charles Helm ($3000) CNRL ($2000)
both Dawson Creek Rotary clubs ($1500) BC Mining Assocation’s
Education department ($500) Eagle Geophysical ($500) the TR
Saddle Club ($500) Lynda Halpin ($200) and Waberski Darrow
Special thanks go to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Exploration
Place, and to the University of Alberta for sending us scientist
Richard McCrea, whose professional presence in Tumbler Ridge
opens new opportunities in the area of science education and
The TRMF anticipates an exciting year of discoveries and
expansion and encourages new members to join us. Log on to
www.tumblerridgemuseum.com for contact information.