The McAbee Fossil Site
John and Dave enjoying another day at work.
Dave Langevin first went to the McAbee Fossil Beds with the local Rock Club. He hasn't stopped going there since. Eventually, he staked it, and now he and his partner, Robert Drachuk, have made it available for the public through their educational fossil dig. They started guided fossil digs to discover your own fossils. They put some "U-Dig Fossils" signs off the highway and advertised with local businesses and tourism offices.
Dave died suddenly in early April of 2011. It was his foresight, hard work, and wife, Linda's understanding, that made this experience possible. He donated many specimens to science and had the beech at our site named in his honour, Fagus langevinii, in 2004. He loved his hill and loved sharing his fossil passion with novice and expert, young or old. He loved to see people's face light up when a plate was opened up and a beautiful specimen was staring at the lucky hunter. He will be sorely missed.
Robert can occasionally be found on the hill, sitting in a hole with his shade hat on just splitting plates like a machine. He has created many educational kits using the metasequoia shoots amongst others. He has also donated hundreds of specimens for science. Robert has a plant named in his honour too, Trochodendron drachukii, in 2007.
John has been the acting guide since the hill opened on a fulltime basis in July and August in 2005. John's favourite specimens to collect are everything insect. He has found several new species of insects and plants. John is also co-author of the paper naming the new genus and species of crayfish from the site that was published this year. He also has an insect named in his honour, Cimbrophlebia leahyi, in 2009. John loves to share the geological background and those specimens typically difficult to notice for the untrained eye.
The McAbee Fossil Beds
Cache Creek, BC
Phone: John Leahy (250) 374-6540
The McAbee Fossil Beds are easily accessible along the Trans Canada Hwy between Kamloops and Cache Creek (13 kms East of Cache Creek).
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Page last updated: February 2012