Murals by Julius Csotonyi add a colourful dimension to the ROM's Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition
OPENS JUNE 23 Admit it: at some point in your childhood you were fascinated by dinosaurs. Perhaps you even fancied yourself an expert, having stared at so many tyrannosaurs, triceratops and velociraptors. The Royal Ontario Museum, however, thinks it’s a safe bet that you’ve never seen anything like the terrible lizards in Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana. This world-premiere exhibition, created by the ROM and its associate curator of vertebrate palaeontology, David Evans, reveals bizarre beasts that evolved on the prehistoric supercontinent comprising South America, Africa and Madagascar. Featuring fossils, bones, and 17 full-scale skeletal casts displayed against environmental murals and enhanced by augmented reality technology, the exhibition is an exciting introduction to the likes of the 110-foot-long Futalognkosaurus, the fearsome Giganotosaurus, the crocodilian Suchomimus and many others.
Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. (By Benson Kua)
Ever been asked what are must-see spots by friends visiting from abroad and drawn a blank, or thought about taking a trip to another province but not known what’s on offer besides a city stop? The Canadian Tourism Commission has released their Signature Experiences Collection. The federally funded program has released an initial list of 48 (undoable in 48 hours, so don’t get any ideas of a Guinness-worthy task) attractions to see, spanning east to west. Aimed at high-end tourists from Europe and Australia, they’re not exactly the waterfalls and whale watching your parents took you on when you were kids.
• Have some young dinosaur experts on your hands? Get them to A T. Rex Named Sue at the Museum of Natural History on Summer Street. About 13 metres long and almost four metres high at the hip, Sue is the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. A dramatic, life-sized skeleton cast is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which also includes videos and interactive displays.
• At the Discovery Centre on Barrington Street, the new Play exhibit transforms six classic clubhouse games—foosball, bowling, backgammon, dominoes, billiards and die—into giant play pieces so kids become part of the game. Visitors explore theories of science and art in the dynamics of human interaction.