For a little bit of relaxing fun, head over to the Funland Amusement Park. There are bumper boats, a batting cage, and, my favorite, dinosaur themed mini golf! The course is very small, but it is still fun and takes a decent amount of time to go through. It looks like it should only take 5 minutes, but it takes just as long as any other mini golf course. There is a concession stand with burgers, hot dogs, pop, chips and the like, as well as a small gift shop.
Open every day May-Sept, 10am-8pm.
Straight up, this is the top site in Drumheller. You can tell it's a great museum because it has the title of 'Royal' in the title and that isn't just given away to any place. This is an excellent museum for all ages. Opened September 25th, 1985 and named after Joseph Burr Tyrrell. It's a large building of 11,200 square metres with 4,400 of them dedicated to exhibits. This is the only place in Canada solely dedicated to palaeontology.
I found the museum well laid out. It had an easy to follow path that takes you through various periods of history. Most of the exhibits are origianl fossils while some are casts. One of my favourite ones is of the wooly mammoth skeleton with the sabertooth tiger skeleton jumping off a cliff onto the wooly mammoth. Besides the exhibits there is a window that allows you to view the preparation lab where the carefully prepare the fossils.
Besides the exhibits, there is a really excellent gift shop that is fairly fun to wonder around in. There is ample parking here as it can get busy at times. For me it was $10 to get in which is well worth the price. Look at the website for more info.
If you're in Drumheller, you need to make a stop to see that big dinosaur. You won't miss anything if you don't go up to its head, except perhaps the view (and for a buck or two, it might be worth it).
Situated in the spectacular badlands of the Red Deer River Valley, the Royal Tyrrell Museum near Drumheller is a major research and exhibition centre and one of the largest palaeontological museums in the world. Every year, almost 400,000 people come to the Museum to explore Alberta's prehistory. Featuring more than 35 dinosaur skeletons and life-like models, you can come face to face with some of the most fascinating creatures Earth has ever known.
If you are into Dinosaurs and all things related, stop by at the internationally recognized Royal Tyrell (Palaeontology) Museum in Drumheller.
World's largest display of complete dinosaur skeletons.
Just across the way from the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a 1 km walk through the badlands. Following a clearly marked path, you can see this unique landscape from closeup.
The lighting gets really interesting at sunset.
Rosedale, and its Suspension Bridge, we came across when following the Hoodoo trail to the Hoodoo's.
The Bridge is historic, and you can walk across it, which we did.
It was once used by miners but is now used for fishing and to accessing more interesting area's of the Badlands.
Hoodoos, I just love looking at all the amazing shapes that have taken form over millions of years. They are so interesting, and great fun to explore!
The name "Hoodoo" comes from the word "voodoo" and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans.
In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruder's.
These sandstone pillar's rest on a thick base of shale, and are capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged, so heed the signs, and keep to the tracks. As you can see in my photo, they are quite tall.
This is a good area to view the hoodoo's close up, but you will find hoodoos everywhere!
The drive along Highway 10 South is known as Hoodoo Trail for that very reason!
Horseshoe Canyon, located in the Red Deer Badlands, was the 1st that we saw when heading to Drumheller
The car park area was busy, probably because this Canyon is located near Highway 9, which runs between Calgary and Drumheller, and also, there was an Oversea's film crew there doing a documentary.
This is also the spot for canyon helicopter tours and many hiking trails, I imagine they would be very interesting, we just didn't have enough time. The scenery is very different from the usual Alberta mountain hikes. To reach the bottom of the Canyon, you have to descend 60 metres.
Horseshoe Canyon is shaped like a horseshoe and that's where it gets its name, and its approx 3 kms long.
If you can choose a time for a visit, go at sunrise because the view can be spectacular.
Said to be The World's Biggest Dinosaur," this was also where we found the Visitor Information Centre.
It stands 86 feet high, is four times the size of a real Tyrannosaurus Rex, and is said to be a female dinosaur. She weighs 145,000 pounds, and is constructed almost entirely out of steel.
For a small fee of $3.00, you can climb inside and into the mouth, and have a look from behind the teeth of the view of Drumheller & surrounds. There are Mural's, fossils and dinosaur bone displays.
Approximately 12 people can fit in the mouth at one time.
The gift shop is located at the entrance to the dinosaur and has souvenirs, jewellery, and other dinosaur and fossil-related items.
The Drumheller Visitor Information Centre is also located at the entrance to the World's Largest Dinosaur and has maps, travel guides, and helpful staff.
July and August: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
September to April: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm daily
*May and June offer extened hours of operation.
A Little Church......A little cutie!
This is the way I describe the small 7' x 11' Church on the outskirts of Drumheller. It was built in 1958 as a place of worship, why so small?............. I can't answer that.
Perhaps there weren't many people living in the area?
All that can fit in the Church, is 6 people and the Minister!
More people go to visit it [approx 10,000 a year] than go to pray..
This would have to be the best display about Dinasour's that I have ever seen. It is very well done, well set out and has good, detailed information.
Located in the Dinosaur Hall is one of the world's largest displays of dinosaur remains.
Walking through the Dinasour Hall, I thought how lucky I was, not to be around at the time these HUGE creatures were roaming Earth. Standing close to a reconstructed dinosaur, it made me feel rather small!
The Museum provides some information on Alberta over 69 million years ago. Featuring four Albertosaurus moving across a dry river channel, the exhibit is based on scientific evidence gathered from a mass grave, or bonebed, where at least 22 Albertosaurus sarcophagus skeletons have been discovered.
There is so much more to see here, such as the Science Hall (hands on), the prep lab, ( where you can watch workers) Devonian Reef, Lords of the land , Age of Mammals, Cretaceous Gardens and the Ice Age.
Stop at the good gift shop for something different to bring home!
OPEN......September 1 – May 14.....10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
*closed Mondays, except for public holidays
Spring / Summer 2010
May 15 – August 31....9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m....Open seven days a week.
Royal Tyrrell Museum Gift Shop is open during regular Museum hours.
ADMISSION IN 2010...... $10.
A MUST VISIT!
The Bleriot Ferry is probably the oddest thing I saw in my time in Drumheller. It is a ferry made up of cables and pulleys used to transport vehicles across the Red Deer River. Why they built this in the first place and not a bridge is really beyond me, since there are
bridges along the rest of the river. The ferry was built in 1913, along with others. The Bleriot Ferry is the last one remaining. It is free to
cross, and open from mid May to October. It can take 2 or 3 vehicles at a time in one direction, so you may have to wait in line a few minutes. Once we were on the ferry, I didn't even realize we were moving until we were half way across the river! It's one of those odd, neat things that you come across in the middle of nowhere.
The Star Mine suspension bridge is one of the main attractions one hears
about when they visit Drumheller (although it is actually located in the
small community of Rosedale). The bridge itself is nothing spectacular.
I think it is more of an attractive because of it's history.
The Star Mine Suspension bridge was built in 1931 so coal miners could
get across the Red Deer River to the Star Mine. The bridge was hazardous
at times, and was used until the mine closed in 1957. In 1958 the
hillside collapsed. The Alberta Government rebuilt the bridge and
maintains it to this day.
There are some walking trails on the other side of the bridge and some
nice landscape/scenery. I saw some people on the other side of the river
bank fishing as well. If you're afraid of heights, don't look down and
just walk straight ahead. It can also be a little gut churning if the
wind is blowing.
Drumheller and surrounding areas have an abundance of coal, which was "discovered" by several white explorers over the years, although the natives of the area knew about it long before. You can see the black strips of coal throughout the badlands to this day. The boom of the coal era was in the 1920s. At one point there were 139 coal mines operating in the Drumheller area.
The Atlas Coal Mine was built in 1936 and active until 1979. It is the last free standing coal tipple in Canada, and is a National Historic
Site of Canada.
People who visit the coal mine can go on a self guided tour along an interpretive path, or join up with a group tour led by a very good tour
guide at no extra cost. I would recommend the guided tour. Visitors who choose to do the group tour get a short ride in a real mine car, get to go up into the wooden tipple, and hear some interesting facts and stories. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Atlas Coal Mine
itself and more general history about mining and the surrounding towns. He provided some good insight into what life must have been like in the heyday and downfall of coal mining. People can currently not go into the mine, but when I visited in summer 2008, the guide said they may start taking people into the mine in summer 2009. There is a small gift shop as well.
Open Daily May 1 to October 13
Spring (May 1 - June 27)
9:30am to 5:30pm
Summer (June 28 - August 31)
9:30am to 8:30pm
Fall (Sept 1 to Oct 13)
10:00am to 5:00pm