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Sunday,  May 26, 2024 4:20 PM 

New Canadian company focuses exclusively on dinosaur travel

New Canadian company focuses exclusively on dinosaur travel
(Travel Alberta/Royal Tyrrell Museum)
Pax Global Media

“It’s been 66 million years. Why wait any longer?” asks a new Canadian travel company called Dinosaur Trips, which creates stylish, paleontologically-focused travel experiences for families, adventurers, and discerning travellers.

The Alberta-based tour business specializes in group departures and tailor-made private itineraries, across the globe, centered around dinosaur digs, discoveries, experts, and access into the world of our prehistoric planet through dinosaurs and paleontology.

More than simply exploring the world through dinosaur-based experiences though, Dinosaur Trips’ travel experiences also include trendy touches so that guests can go deep and “nerd out” about way more than simply paleontology.

“To be honest, I’m mostly just living out a childhood dream, that’s what it really comes down to. Or more accurately, it’s my childhood dream meeting with grown-up tastes along the way,” stated Zach Vanasse, founder and director, Dinosaur Trips.

“As a kid, I dreamed of being a paleontologist. I envisioned going out into the badlands to fossil hunt and dig for dinosaurs with paleontologists like Dr. Philip J. Currie. Well, I didn’t end up becoming a paleontologist. And as an adult, that whole world of paleontology still seemed almost mythical, or at the very least, extremely inaccessible to regular folks. But as I dug back into an interest in paleontology and dinosaurs as an adult, it became apparent that there’s a whole planet of scientists, fossil hunters, and incredible characters from the world of dinosaur research out there. The entire globe can be explored through the lens of dinosaurs and paleontology. Someone just needed to put it all together.”

The inaugural destination

Fossil-rich Alberta, Canada, home to some of the greatest and most famous dinosaur discoveries in history, is the inaugural Dinosaur Trips destination.

This summer and fall, Dinosaur Trips guests will explore the western Canadian province for a series of unforgettable adventure experiences.

The first small group departure, Badlands & Beyond, will explore Calgary, Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Grande Prairie, Wembley, Canmore and Kananaskis, and Banff from July 2-13, 2023.

As part of this 12-day / 11-night prehistoric journey across the province of Alberta, guests will have the opportunity to hunt for dinosaur bones with legendary paleontologist Dr. Philip Currie as part of a distinct four-day fossil dig program that supports the work of the Dinosaur Research Institute, a non-profit charitable organization funding dinosaur research in western Canada.

Badlands & Beyond guests will also take part in Dinosaur Trips’ exclusive programs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller and in Dinosaur Provincial Park.

The trip wraps up with a few days spent relaxing and refreshing, with a little more adventure thrown in for good measure, at the foot of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Canmore and Kananaskis.

Dinosaur Trips will then return to the Badlands of Alberta this fall for a series of family-focused trips exploring Calgary, Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and the Canadian Rockies.

Future destinations

Dinosaurs ruled the world for 165 million years, which means there’s no limit to where Dinosaur Trips can and will explore with paleontology serving as the compass.

Future Dinosaur Trips destinations include Patagonia, South Africa, France, the United States, Mexico, Germany, Hawaii, Australia, France, China, and more, the company says.

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