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Discover the Hidden Paleontological and Fossil History of Saskatoon

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Graeme
Registered on August 11, 2021

Hey travellers! I'm Graeme! I'm a newcomer to the beautiful city of Saskatoon, a place some call "The Paris of the Prairies." I'm currently studying to become a palaeontologist, and I've spent almost my whole life obsessed with all things fossil related. I've collected fossils in Ontario, Quebec, and Florida, and just like them, Saskatoon is rich with paleontological culture and history. I love sharing my passion with everyone, and I love seeing how a fossil-y touch can make even the most ordinary things, like building stones, into something extraordinary. I've volunteered with the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and the Museum of Natural Sciences here in Saskatoon. I hope you'll leave Saskatoon filled with incredible memories and the knowledge of just how unique and fun my wonderful city is!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

I will take you on an educational and fun journey through the paleontological history of Saskatoon along the scenic South Saskatchewan River valley. Saskatoon has a little-known rich paleontological history. In fact, it is one of only a handful of places in Canada that preserves Ice Age fossils of a certain age. I'll take you to places only known by the nerdiest of fossil scholars! :D
List of Places:

  • Weir Parking (view of the historic and famous Saskatoon Weir)
  • Ice Age glacial till exposure near CPR Bridge
  • Historic fossil-bearing formation site and remains of Saskatoon Ski Jump
  • University of Saskatchewan's Museum of Natural Sciences
  • University of Saskatchewan buildings featuring fossiliferous Tyndall Stone


Approximate Duration: 2 hours (3 with guided tour of Museum of Natural Sciences if open. Indefinite with self-guided tour of Museum of Natural Sciences if open. Contact me to inquire about these options.)

What is not Included:
- Transportation to meeting place and from the University of Saskatchewan campus.
Bus transportation costs $3.00 for adults, seniors, and post-secondary students, $2.75 for high school students with identification, and $2.25 elementary school aged children. Saskatoon public buses only accept change (not including pennies).
"Taxi fare rates in Saskatoon are $3.75 for the first 125 meters, $0.25 for each additional 117 meters and $0.25 for each additional 35 seconds of time while the taxi is on a trip, including waiting at the request of passengers.  When carrying five or more passengers or more luggage than can be carried by a sedan, the taxi fare is 1.5 times the amount shown on the taxi meter."
- Saskatoon Transit
Admission to the museum is free!
All included activities are free!


Additional Useful Information:
Participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing. Depending on the weather and time of year, sunscreen and/or bug spray may be optimal. I will contact you with my recommendations!

If you're interested in my tour, please don't hesitate to book with me!

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  • Meeting point:
    Meewasin Trail, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X3...
    Meewasin Trail, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X3, Canada
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    I will be standing outside near the trail with a bright blue hat!

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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