T.rex Discovery Centre
The building of a world class facility to
house the fossil record of the Eastend area started many years before the
discovery of "Scotty" T.rex in 1994. In 1988 the Town of Eastend
created the Eastend Tourism Board. This 10 member volunteer committee worked
with the Town Council, members of the community, rural residents and business
people. Through a series of public meetings the most important item the local
people identified was the need for a Palaeontological Center to showcase the
rich fossil record of the Frenchman River Valley and the Cypress Hills. From
the first meeting in 1988, the Eastend Tourism Board has evolved into ECTA
Inc. (Eastend Community Tourism Authority Inc.) On April 1, 2005, a new non-profit
organization, the T.rex Discovery Centre Inc. assumed management of the
Location The building is constructed into the side of a hill on the north side
of the Frenchman River Valley. This makes the building only visible from the
front. The front overlooks the Town of Eastend and the beautiful Frenchman
The building features the working science
of palaeontology and encourages visitors to explore
different theories and see what they find. Hands on activities, demonstration
area, educational activities for groups, real fossils to view and ask
The T.rex Discovery Center
is located within the town limits in Eastend. The location is on the north
side of the Frenchman River, which runs through the town.
The main components of the center are a
Research Laboratory, Theatre, Main Display area, Education area, and Gift
Shop/Administration area. In all the building is approx.
16,000 sq.ft in size.
Discovery Centre also boasts a state of the art theatre for video
presentations during the T.rex tour. This facility is also able to be used
for a number of other functions which include live music, lectures, town
meetings, computer aided slide presentations with audio capability as well as
feature length DVD movies in full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
Eastend Community Tourism Authority (ECTA)
was the original sponsoring body for the building of the T.rex
Discovery Center. Financing has come from a wide range of
local, regional, corporate, private and public organizations. The cost of the
project was $ 3.9 million dollars.
T.rex Discovery Centre at dusk. Eastend, Saskatchewan
All T.rex Discovery
Centre photos by Calvin Fehr