Highly regarded both in the field and by government officials in Ottawa and Toronto, he was also involved in several historical publications, most notably in editing the diaries of Samuel HEARNE and David THOMPSON. He was president of the CHAMPLAIN SOCIETY and received many honours, including the Royal Society of Canada's Flavelle Gold Medal. Several physical features and at least one community bear his name; the establishment of the ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM OF PALAEONTOLOGY at Drumheller (1985) provides an impressive monument to his discoveries a century earlier.
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Links to Other Sites
Royal Tyrrell Museum
The Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta's renowned palaeontology museum and research facility, invites visitors on a virtual journey through geological time. View toothsome dinosaurs and other fossilized life forms.
Watch the Heritage Minute about pioneer geologist Joseph Tyrrell and his discovery of the massive dinosaur fossil beds in Alberta. From the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
The Barren Lands
This site offers an extensive online collection of archival documents from two Geological Survey of Canada expditions to the Barren Lands region located in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and in the area now known as Nunavut. From the University of Toronto.
Yukon Photographers: The Gold Rush Era, 1897-1900
A photographic history of the gold rush years in the Yukon. Also features profiles of the pioneering photographers who chronicled the work and lives of the hardy gold rush prospectors. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
The website for the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, which honours notable leaders, prospectors, and pioneers who made significant contributions to the mining industry in Canada.
Trailblazer: Joseph Burr Tyrrell
A brief biography of Joseph Burr Tyrrell, famed geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant. From Natural Resources Canada.
J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal
The Royal Society of Canada awards the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal in recognition of outstanding work in the history of Canada. Their website features brief profiles of previous medal winners. J.B. Tyrrell was a renowned geologist, geographer, explorer, engineer, and amateur historian.
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