A day trip to Prehistoric World

KITC would like to welcome Naomi Bianca to the blog. Naomi Bianca is the proud mom of Jax who is 3 1/2 and his little brother Hudson who is 17 months. The below post was originally posted on Naomi's blog. Check it out here. 


Just a 90 minute drive from Ottawa, Prehistoric World is a little gem in the country located near Morrisburg, Ontario. A magical land of full size dinosaur replicas throughout a beautiful 1 km wooded nature walk. A true site to be seen, these huge dinosaur replicas are all handmade by the owners who live right on site. Originally built as a hobby, it was turned into a tourist attraction for thousands of visitors to enjoy every year. We couldn’t wait to see it!

Jax and Hudson were super excited to see all the dinosaurs and when we got there, they literally couldn’t contain their excitement as they ran with their friends from dinosaur to dinosaur. Each and every one had a sign to explain what species it was and give more information.

Hudson was too funny, pointing and roaring throughout the trails.  Check out the video on my instagram (@naomibianca613).

It was another beautiful summer day, and we were all sweating as we ran around exploring the site. No problem if you miss anything because you can walk the path as many times as you like! The kids (and parents) were all so excited, it’s almost like Jurassic Park! Once you complete the nature walk, there is a good-sized sand pit where you can dig for fossils… how perfect for the kids to explore… and we spent a good hour there playing and digging around.

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On our way out we spoke to one of the owners and the kids were fascinated when they found out that he was the man that actually built all those replicas with his own hands. You just had to have seen their faces! I HIGHLY recommend visiting this little attraction. We will probably go back once more this summer but it’s for sure a once a year thing at the very least.

They are open from late May to Labour Day in September, from 10 am to 4 pm and accept last visitors at 3:15 pm. Very important to note is that they only accept cash. The entrance fee is $10 for adults and $4 for children, free for kids 4 and under. It’s kind of nice that they are old school, hence cash and no website. But if you want to learn more, here is a link to their online brochure:

http://www.westislandkids.com/pdf/Prehistoric-World-Brochure.pdf

Handy tips: Bring bug spray since you’re walking through a wooded area and there are most definitely mosquitoes. If you happen to forget, no problem, they have some to purchase. There is also no food to purchase on site but lots of picnic tables for you to bring your own lunches. About 5 minutes down the road, there is an ice cream stand that sells food.

Have you guys ever heard of Prehistoric World? Funny to note, I went when I was a kid and not since, but so fun to live it all over again with my kids! Any questions about anything let me know. Also, anything you want me to cover or visit, let me know! We’re always on the hunt for our next adventure!

Prehistoric World

by Rebecca This post originally appeared on Bit of Momsense. Thank you to Becky for sharing it here too.

In June, when we took the kids to Upper Canada Village, we passed by Prehistoric World – a place I had been as a child, but had completely forgotten about. We made note that we should take the Boy there someday. In August, we did!

Prehistoric World is all outdoors and has big and small statues of dinosaurs. Naturally, the almost 3 year old and almost 6 year old loved it. All the adults agreed, it was really well done and worth taking the kids (including my husband who was very doubtful about it’s ‘cool’ factor, but he was wrong! ;)

The path passes through a bush/treed area and is clearly defined, and very well maintained. It’s about 1 km in total distance, and takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do. There is a large sand box with ‘bones’ buried to dig up too!

Cost: $8 for each adult, $4.25 for kids 4-15 and children under 3 are free. Bring insect repellent/outdoor lotion because there are mosquitos!

Distance from Ottawa: About an hour

Prehistoric World

Exit 758 from Highway 401 Upper Canada Road Morrisburg, Ontario K0C 1X0 Telephone: (613) 543-2503

OPEN DAILY Late May through September 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You may want to call first to be sure they are open.

Other Notes: Stroller accessible. Bring Mosquito Repellent (although they had some on-site, if you prefer something other than Off, bring it.) It is very close to Upper Canada Village/Chrysler’s farm, so it may be worth planning a whole day and bringing a picnic like we did.

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(The white one above is a work in process…)

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Rebecca blogs about family and motherhood, is a self-professed foodie, and dabbles in online engagment and community giving.  She has a strange love for maple syrup that can possibly only be matched by her love for chocolate and coffee.