Registration is now open! The completed registration form and waivers below can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, completed by phone at 204-822-3406, or dropped off in-person.
2023 Schedule and Activities
Work to excavate marine vertebrate fossils at the Manitoba Escarpment. On the Dig Tour program, you will work alongside an experienced palaeontological technician to expose and collect 83-million-year-old fossils as part of an active excavation.
Your day will include transportation, lunch, training in palaeontological field techniques, hands-on work to expose and collect fossils, and learning about current research. Contribute to ongoing research done by the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and find out firsthand what the landscape in what Manitoba is today was like 83 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous.
Cancellations may occur due to extreme weather events, including extreme heat and rain.
Dig Tours are available on weekdays from July 3rd 2023 until August 31st 2023.
Fee (+ 5% GST): $200 Adult
$150 Youth (under 18 years old)
$1,100 Group of 8
Dig Tour Details:
Length: 8 hours.
Difficulty: Difficult. Must be able to sit on rough ground for long periods in the sun; must be able to walk up to 2 km. Not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Ages: Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit of 2 youths per adult.
Type: Palaeontology focus.
Dig Tour Day Schedule:
09:00 am – 09:30 am Meet at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and tour the museum
09:30 am – 10:00 am Drive to CFDC land with CFDC vehicles
10:00 am – 10:30 am Introduction and hand out information packages; walk to dig site and introduction to dig techniques
12:00 pm – 01:00 pm Lunch at field station
01:00 pm – 04:00 pm Dig at the site
04:00 pm – 04:30 pm Drive back to the CFDC
04:30 pm – 05:00 pm Tour the collections room and lab
Meeting Location: at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, MB. The dig site itself is located 25 km northwest of Morden, and transportation to the site will be provided.
Arrival Time: Please arrive at the CFDC on time (9:00am). Late arrivals will not be refunded.
Parking: At the Access Event Centre parking lot.
Bookings: Bookings must be made and paid AT LEAST 1 WEEK in advance by phone, email or at the CFDC Reception Desk. No printed ticket required. Your guide will check you in at the program meeting point. Late arrivals will not be refunded.