World’s Largest Di­nosaur wel­comes 2 mil­lionth visi­tor

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

When Eran Rosen­thal and his fam­ily be­gan tour­ing West­ern Canada a cou­ple of weeks ago, lit­tle did he know they would be a part of Drumheller his­tory.

He and his fam­ily were the 2 mil­lionth … and count­ing vis­i­tors to the World’s Largest Di­nosaur. They made their trek up the 106 stairs for the best view of the Drumheller Val­ley. “I’m very ex­cited, It’s an hon­our. I feel like it’s his­tory,” Rosen­thal said.

He and his fam­ily are on their first visit from Is­rael and they toured Van­cou­ver and the Rock­ies in an RV be­fore com­ing to Cal­gary where they are stay­ing with fam­ily. His rel­a­tives sug­gested a day trip to Drumheller. When his party of nine stepped up, to walk up, the World’s Largest Di­nosaur, it sur­passed 2 mil­lion vis­its.

Rosen­thal chuck­les that his wife de­cided to wait in the car.

“This is how you miss his­tory.”

Tourism Ser­vice Man­ager at the World’s Largest Di­nosaur, Deb­bie Schin­nour, says she was ex­cited to see the vis­i­ta­tion cross the 2 mil­lion thresh­old. She be­gan work­ing at the World’s Largest Di­nosaur shortly af­ter their his­toric first 1 mil­lion vis­its.

The World’s Largest Dino- saur opened its doors al­most 18 years ago and in that time has been hon­oured with sev­eral awards at the provin­cial and na­tional lev­els. Af­ter the ini­tial con­struc­tion debt was paid off in just 5 years, a legacy fund was es­tab­lished from the gift­shop sales and ad­mis­sion to sup­port com­mu­nity projects. In that time it has given more than $600,000 back to the com­mu­nity.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing day in the his­tory of the Drumheller and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce and the World’s Largest Di­nosaur. Drumheller, the Di­nosaur Cap­i­tal of the World, is a great va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion and we are pleased to pro­vide vis­i­tors with such a unique at­trac­tion to en­joy,” said Drumheller and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce man­ager Heather Bitz. The Rosen­thals re­ceived a great prize pack­age from the Cham­ber of Com­merce and lo­cal at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing fam­ily passes to the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum, At­las Coal Mine, and East Coulee School Mu­seum, and 2 nights ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Drumheller Ra­mada Inn & Suites. Eran says be­cause they will be go­ing home soon, he will hap­pily share the prizes with his fam­ily.

mailphoto Pa­trick Ko­lafa

(back; l-r) Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Brock Har­ring­ton wel­comed Eran Rosen­thal and fam­ily as the 2 mil­lionth visi­tor to the World’s Largest Di­nosaur.

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