Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Drumheller
392 Centre Street & Railway Avenue, Drumheller, T0J 0Y0, Canada
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More about Drumheller
Red Deer River Badlands
The Hoodoos and painted canyons
World's largest Dinosaur
Atlas Coal Mine
Travel Tips for Drumheller
THE ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is the big attraction in Drumheller.
Is has the label "ROYAL" as Queen Elizabeth toured the museum and was so impressed that she ( and only she can do this ) gave it the " Royal " designation .
Budget 4 hours to see the displays.
They also have :
( 1) guided walking tours through the
(2) day long dinosaur digs .
Reservations are required for this one.
These tours will be cancelled if it rains , so plan accordingly.
Everyone we have met that has been to the Royal Tyrrell was very impressed.
From 1911 to 1979 coal was mined in Drumheller. The last mine , Atlas Coal Mine closed in 1979 and is now a tourist attraction .
Up to 160 mines were in production in the Drumheller area at the peak of the coal mining era.
In the 60's and 70's , as the mines closed , Drumheller's population was comprised of a lot of bachelors . Someone even labelled Drumheller the "Bachelor Capital of the World". The bachelors are now gone , you missed them ladies , and tourism and dinosaurs have taken their place.
Meanwhile at the Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre located just north of downtown is a mine of information about the area, from abandoned coal mines to best places to see the hoodos and even the two canyons to gaze at the multi coloured eroded sides of the valley.
Then you can test your climbing skills for about $3.00 Cdn, by taking the hidden stairway inside the Tyrannosaurus dinosaur, which is accessed form inside the visitor centre . Listen out for the noises of the other dinosaurs as you climb to the top.
It is safe to climb, maybe a little shaky when lots of folks are moving about inside. The view from the top is one showing some of Drumheller and the Red Deer river.
Tyrrell Museum entrance.
The Museum itself is a few metres from the highway but partly hidden from the road by the small hills that are evident in the valley.
There were several buses unloading students who were on a fact finding mission to learn lots about Dinosaurs.Inside there is the museum itself, a shop selling souvenirs and a cafeteria.
Outside for the energetic visitors there is a one km walk through the Badlands on a gravel path, that wanders in among the small valleys and hills. On view are the eroded slopes of the hills, the type of area where fossils can still be found and some Prairie crocuses and cacti, which would flower later in the year.
The Museum web site is shown below and starting on May 21st there is a FINDERS exhibition, which depicts a century of Fossil Hunting in Alberta.
Small versions of Hoodoos.
The path meanders around and allows for some interesting sights.
High above to the north is the existing Prairie, then the erosion has moved tons of material over the years and left the valley sides with odd layers of coloured material, in places there are vertical cnhannels where water has run down. In the photo two slabs of harder sandstone have protected the underlying softer rock and left two hoodoos.
To the south is the Red Deer river,now lower that it used to be, so it is lo longer a threat to the erosion of the valley sides.