Fundy Geological Museum adds new programs, exhibits for 2017

Zodiac boat trip to dinosaur dig among the highlights

Published on April 20, 2017

Karen, Denise and Andrew Dickinson were among the Cumberland Geological Society members on hand Wednesday evening to take in some of the new features in the museum gallery for the 2017 season.

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PARRSBORO, N.S. – Visitors to Fundy Geological Museum this summer will not only have the chance to take part in an actual dinosaur dig, they will get there by a zodiac boat ride along the scenic Fundy shore.

The new tourism experience, called “Tidal Reveal, Dig for Canada’s Oldest Dinosaurs,” was one of several highlights of the 2017 season announced this week. Curator Tim Fedak shared some of the details with members of the Cumberland Geological Society in a social gathering at the museum Wednesday evening.

It’s a great research site because these are the oldest dinosaurs in Canada.

Regan Maloney, fossil lab manager

The dig experience will be a higher-priced item aimed at the “free spirit” tourism market, according to Fedak, and is one they are excited about offering.

“The Dino Dig is a really exciting opportunity for people to experience the beauty of our Bay of Fundy shore, and to also work with us on finding new dinosaur bones,” said fossil lab manager Regan Maloney. “It’s a great research site because these are the oldest dinosaurs in Canada.”

The museum announced that the dinosaur digs done last year uncovered important new fossils of small lizard like animals and mammal-like reptiles. There was also a skull bone from a theropod (meat eating) dinosaur discovered that researchers hope to find more of this year.

The museum will also be offering one-hour boat tours to visitors on 12 different days throughout the season, where local guide Randy Corcoran will pick them up near the museum and take them out for a tour.

The museum has also received some freshening up in the gallery, with new items on display, new animations, and other items of interest.

Also to be held this year will be the Fundy Great Outdoor Shore in late September/early October, which will be styled after the tried and true annual Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show in August. The Lions Arena will be rented for the occasion, with about 30 vendors expected to take part.

“We hope it gets as big as the gem show,” said Fedak. “But where the gem show is focused on rocks, minerals and fossils, this one will be focused on hiking, the outdoors, ATVs, fishing, and bringing together all those things that are so great about this coast.”