It's looking like this year's August long weekend in Drumheller could be one for the record books.
The Atlas Coal Mine recorded their busiest day ever on Sunday, but the 882 visitors pales in comparison to the people who lined up to get into the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
"Over the four day period starting on Friday, we had 24,410 visitors come through the museum," reported Jason Martin, the Tyrrell's Director of Operations and Finance. "If you consider the population of Drumheller is 8,000 people we basically tripled the population in the one weekend."
"The August long weekend is our busiest weekend of the year," admitted Martin. "We had a great year last year as well, but we topped last year's numbers by almost 2,200 people or ten per cent."
He thinks some of it is because of the publicity over the Tyrrell's new exhibit 'Grounds for Discovery,' which includes one of the best preserved dinosaur fossils ever.
"If you read the messages on TripAdvisor or other reviews, people are very positive," noted Martin. "Even during these extremely busy weekends, our customer service staff get excellent feedback and reviews and we're really proud of the efforts that they put out."
The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. through the end of August, then shifts to the off season hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.