From now on, if you find yourself walking near the Cenotaph in downtown Drumheller, you might find yourself passing by Drumheller's 2017 time capsule. On Sept. 30, at 12:30 p.m., Mayor Terry Yemen and Councillor Tom Zariski lowered the time capsule underground and buried it for future generations.
Following speeches by the Mayor and Rhian Russell, chair of the Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee, Judy Quintin-Arvidson read out a list of items included in the time capsule. Zariski summed up the capsule's contents.
"It contains all sorts of memorabilia from Drumheller and the area to show people 50 years from now what the heck we were all about in Drumheller in 2017."
The time capsule was filled earlier this month and sealed by Mayor Yemen. It includes a Canada 150 coin, a copy of the June 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine (which features the Royal Tyrrell Museum), a fidget spinner and a Drumheller Dragons jersey.
With so many items to choose from, Zariski had to think a moment before answering which was his favourite.
"Because my background is in the schools," started Zariski. "I like the school pictures, because these are the people that are going to be digging up this time capsule 50 years from now."
Zariski said incoming-CAO Darryl Drohemerski came up with a low-cost solution to construct the time capsule.
"You can get a professionally made [time capsule] for thousands of dollars, [but] a good, solid PVC pipe will last for at least 50 years. It's just absolutely perfect. It's not too big, not too small. It didn't cost hardly anything."
The time capsule is set to be open on Canada's 200th birthday -- just under 50 years from now. The project was organized by the Drumheller Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee in celebration of Canada 150.