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Record-Breaking Year for Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Bruce - Mosasaur
‘Bruce’ is the largest mosasaur in the world at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba. He measures 13 metres (43 feet) in length. (HANDOUT)

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden is beginning the new year on a high note as it marks its highest attendance ever.

The CFDC says 2015 saw a 65 percent increase (or 12,000) more visitors come through its doors.

Income also set new records, bringing in $112,000 — an increase of 50 percent from 2014, excluding grants.

“This is the second year in a row we’ve seen such strong growth with 2014 performing similarly well over the previous year,” said CFDC executive director Peter Cantelon.

The centre has been making headlines over the past several months, including for claiming a spot in the 2016 Guinness World Records for its mosasaur Bruce, unveiling a related stamp by Canada Post, the new Enbridge Aquasaur Theatre and doubling the size of its gift shop.

Sales in that very shop increased by 60 percent last year, while programming revenues rose by 50 percent.

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