Reason #28 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

Jurassic Forest

By Emil Tiedemann

When I was a kid, dinosaurs were da bomb diggity! All I wanted to do was play with my dinosaur figurines, read my dinosaur books, and watch anything that had a dinosaur in it. I could tell most of them apart with just a quick glance, and tell you about their defense mechanisms, what they ate for supper, or how to properly pronounce their names! 

By junior high, I had grown out of my dino phase, and they were no longer the center of my universe, but every now and again I am thrown back to those prehistoric days when a Stegosaurus toy would be the highlight of my being. 

These days, I am able to revisit those fond memories by simply taking a quick 45-minute trip northeast of Edmonton to Jurassic Forest, a 40-acre park where life-sized mechanical dinosaurs “come alive”! What more could a kid ask for, really! 

There are more than 40 animatronic dinosaurs grazing and hunting this Boreal forest near Gibbons, including Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Albertosaurus, and even our very own Edmontosaurus! 

If you get tired of checking out these gigantic beasts in their “natural” habitats, you can check out Jurassic Forest’s paleontological site, interactive displays, scavenger hunts, discovery zone, picnic area, dino dig, and mini golf, or just take a stroll down the two kilometers of trails. #yegosaurus


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