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visit the badlands in south-eastern Alberta, home to some of the world's most concentrated areas of dinosaur fossil beds and an amazing eroded landscape. A trip to Alberta without seeing the badlands would be incomplete!
Photo: My sister, my mom and me peering into the badlands in August 93 - what an intriguing site!
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Drivers can feasibly fit in a trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park the same day as the Tyrrell Museum, a 174-kilometre run from Drumheller to the park, and then head back to Calgary on the Trans-Canada, which runs just south of the park. The nearest town is Brooks on the Trans-Canada, 48km west of the Field Station of the Tyrrell Museum, the park's obvious hub (May-Sept daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Oct-April Sat & Sun only 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). The excellent provincial campground in the park is open year-round, but only serviced from May to Sept ($6). Nestled among some of the baddest of the badlands, this landscape is not only one of the most alien in Canada, but also one of the world's richest fossil beds and a listed UN World Heritage Site (over 300 complete skeletons have been found). The field station has a few self-guided trails and a small museum that goes over the same ground as its parent in Drumheller, leaving the real meat of the visit to the Badlands Bus Tour, a guided tour of the otherwise out-of-bounds dinosaur dig near the center of the park (May-Sept 10 tours daily; $3.50). A few exposed skeletons have been left in situ, and panels give background information on the monsters. The station also organizes two-hour guided hikes.
A Hoodoo that looks a little like a Dinosaur.
The last photo may get some of you going back to the Intro to check the Dinosaur at the Information Centre.
It is indeed a hoodoo, against the sun but with a bit of imagination it could look like the neck and head of a dinosaur.
Drumheller is certainly a place that brings the life of 70 million years ago into focus. A time to ponder what and why and how did it all happen.
Worth a visit to the Museum if nothing else. Admission is relatively low, use the web site to get the latest rates, for you and your family.
Lots of Motels and Restaurants.
Little Fish Lake Provincial Park
Located eastish of downtown Drumheller at about 30 minutes away is Little Fish Lake Provincial Park (LFLPP) at where secondary highways 851 and 573 meet. This place is quite isolated as their is not much else around the area. LFLPP has a little campsite, a playground and obviously a lake. When I was there, there was no one else there. Only a beaten done trailer was there which looked like it could be used for some questionable activites. It even seemed like a black truck from the road may have been watch us or just coincidence and an active imagination. If you want to be away from the crowds, this place is a place to do that.
Hiking the 1 km trail thru the Badlands.
The trail starts off just north of the entrance to the Museum and wanders among the small hills and valleys, sometimes climbing sometimes just twisting and turning, at one point it dead ends and ack track to find the trail again.
All the sides of the hills are scored by lines made by rain as it runs down the slopes, in turn it is advised you stay on the gravel path, otherwise in wet weather you could be walking in mud from the Bentonite in the soil. Or even stuck in the mud.
In one or two places there are some small hoodoos, again all are asked to stay on the trail and not to damage the area.
The predominant colour is the white Bentonite, with some darker rocks in layers from possibly Coal or Iron Ore.
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