Rowley is one of Alberta’s ghost towns, although not completely deserted. There are still 10 or 15 people living. Some of the old buildings are restored and the village has even a coupel of museums. The Railway Museum is situated in an old railway carriage, close to the weathered grain elevators.
During our visit on a grey and rainy Sunday old shops, buildings and the 'famous' Sam's in the ‘main street’ Saloon were closed for visitors. But normally this saloon is the heart of the copmmunity.
We reached Rowley through typical rural Alberta landscape with grain and cole seed along the dirt roads. The ghost town is located north of Drumheller: first take Highway 9, follow Highway 56 and after 10 km turn left on a gravel road (3 km) to Rowley.
Drumheller is located in the heart of Alberta Badlands, and has some wonderful, interesting, unique rocks and natural structures to explore.
Take a walk outside of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and see where dino bones were found!
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.
Every year for 7 performances in July they depict the life, death and ressurection of Jesus on an outdoor stage the size of 6 football fields in Drumheller, Alberta. It is massive in size and the play itself was done spectacularly. Some come for the story others for the amazing theatre.
They also say you can come and visit the site year round and get a tour as usualy there is somebody there, though we would recommend choosing warmer weather.
I've seen three Gospels they have done as they refrsh it yearly and have never been disappointed. The ending is sooo moving too.