Among some of the Grande Cache area’s more interesting wildlife were huge meat eating dinosaurs, which hunted the muddy shore with strides 3 metres (10 feet) long. Thankfully, these and a variety of other ‘terrible lizards’ are no longer permanent residents to the area. Fortunately, however, they left thousands of footprints behind, embedded high in the mountains in steep sheets of rock. There are over a dozen sites containing tracks in a 25 square kilometre (10 sq. mi.) area, making it one of the best dinosaur track sites in the world (pretty cool, eh?).
Originally uncovered by local coal mining activities, this site was designated a protected Provincial Historical Site by the Province of Alberta in 2006.
Currently, public access to the trackways is restricted (as they are located in an area currently leased by Grande Cache Coal Corporation). We are working on developing tours of the site, and anticipate these starting within the next couple of years. It is our goal to provide safe, sustainable and educational access to our treasured Dinosaur Trackways and to share this unique treasure with the rest of the world.