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Amazon Prime series showcases the Exploration Place

Dr. Rich McCrea on site at the Exploration Place during the filming of Dino Trails. Brandy Yanchyk photo

The Exploration Place is once again receiving national attention for its exhibits, this time as part of a TV series called Dino Trails.

The Dino Trails series was created to reveal the newest discoveries of dinosaurs and fossils in B.C. and Alberta – and the tourism that results from them. The northern B.C. episode features both the Exploration Place and the Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site near Hudson’s Hope. Dino Trails was produced with the support of TELUS; with its second season recently completed, the series can be viewed on Amazon Prime Video, TELUS Optik TV on Demand, Westjet in-flight entertainment, and on YouTube.

Series creator Brandy Yanchyk has filmed in Prince George twice, and appreciates what the city has to offer.

“We came to Prince George to film the dinosaur tracks that are on display and in the collections of Exploration Place,” he said. “The dinosaur footprints exhibit is fascinating and easy for all ages to understand and enjoy. I love Prince George’s proximity to nature and the city’s warm people.”

The northern B.C. episode featured paleontologists Dr. Rich McCrea and Dr. Lisa Buckley on site at the Exploration Place. The Exploration Place has a permanent paleontology exhibit that showcases full-size dinosaur models and fossils from the area that are over 70 million years old.

“The paleontology exhibit can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO of the Exploration Place. “We are thrilled that it was showcased in the Dino Trails series, and we are always pleased to have Drs. McCrea and Buckley on site to share their knowledge first-hand.”

Tourism Prince George assisted with scouting for the episode and connected Yanchyk with local contacts. As part of its travel media program, the organization also provided financial assistance for the crew’s lodging during their stay in Prince George.

“The Exploration Place is a hub for culture and science within our city,” said Tracey McBride, CEO of Tourism Prince George. “We encourage locals and tourists alike to check out their excellent galleries and workshops.”  

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