Blue Beach, a world-class and even world-famous fossil site, has long been known by Paleontologists and Geologists for its unique treasures and evidence for the invasion of the land by the first invertebrates (creatures with backbones) to dare to leave the sea. The fossil trackways were first discovered in 1841, making Blue Beach the official birthplace of vertebrate paleontology in Canada!
Despite this recognition among the Science community, the site has never been developed by the province as a major tourist destination. In an effort to change this and bring the treasures of Blue Beach to the world, local residents Sonja Wood and Chris Mansky accumulated thousands of fossils, built and opened an 1800 sq. ft. interpretive museum, the Blue Beach Fossil Museum (BBFM), in 2002, and have hosted tens of thousands of visitors ever since.
The collection of the Blue Beach Fossil Museum soon attracted the attention of more researchers. Continued research proved the BBFM collection to be the most comprehensive of its kind, and so an important partnership was born with the interests of research in mind.
Researchers continue to flock to Blue Beach because new surprises are showing up more frequently than ever. Once considered to be a slow and frustrating site by researchers, Blue Beach is now understood to be far richer than originally thought, and each year the site becomes increasingly popular as a mecca for geotourism.
The collections has now outgrown the current museum. The museum needs to grow to meet an expected 40,000 visitors per year as the fame of the site spreads. The current owners of the BBFM are willing to now pass this project along to the BBFM Society – a non-profit organization committed to seeing this new museum happen.