Hudson's Hope dinosaur site featured in new documentary

A two-season documentary series exploring paleontology finds in Northern B.C. and Alberta has debuted on Amazon Prime.

Directed by journalist and filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk, Dino Trails features bone beds and trackways unique to the Peace region.

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"When I moved back to Canada, I decided to move to Alberta, and the thing that was the most exciting for me was dinosaurs," said Yanchyk, noting the numerous paleontological discoveries found in B.C. caught her eye after years of producing documentaries and television programs for BBC.

In summer 2016, Yanchyk ventured into the Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site discovered in Hudson's Hope, accompanied by several experts, including paleontologists Dr. Richard McCrea and Dr. Lisa Buckley.

Six Peaks is part of the Gething Formation, where several three-toed dinosaur tracks were discovered. According to the District of Hudson's Hope, the Six Peaks site is home to nearly 1,200 dinosaur tracks from at least 12 different types of dinosaurs.

"As I was making Dino Trails, I was also looking to hear about the dinosaur tracks in British Columbia," said Yanchyk, adding the documentary has extended past season one and two, with a full-length film airing on CBC called The Dinosaur Echo.

There's a global interest in dinosaurs, with Yanchyk's work also appearing on the Discovery Channel and TV stations in Japan.

"The appetite for dinosaurs just doesn't stop, even though they've been dead for millions of years," said Yanchyk.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca 

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