Drumheller Travel Guide

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    T-Rex at Royal Tyrell museum
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    Royal Tyrell museum
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Drumheller Things to Do

  • VISIT WAYNE

    Wayne is about 10ks south east from Drumheller.The township of Wayne sprang up after the Red Deer Coal Company began coal mining in 1912. It was 1932 when the great depression hit the town. At that time, approx.3,000 hard-working people lived here, 10,000 people worked in the area . Wayne had a grain elevator, lumberyard, service station, garage,...

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  • DRUMHELLER'S LITTLE CHURCH

    Such a small Church! Such a 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...

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  • DINOSAUR'S

    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. You can climb up the inside of the Dinosaur passing by...

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  • HORSESHOE CANYON

    Horseshoe Canyon is located in the Red Deer Badlands and was the first that we saw when heading to DrumhellerThe car park area was busy, probably because this Canyon is located near Highway 9 which runs between Calgary and Drumheller, and probably because there was an Oversea's film crew there doing a documentary.This is also the spot for canyon...

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  • ROSEDALE SUSPENSION BRIDGE

    Located at Rosedale is the 117 metre Star Mine Suspension Bridge, originally built to enable miners to work at the Star Mine on the opposite side of the Red Deer River.The Mine opened in 1912, but there was no bridge, so the Miners had to cross the river in row-boats until 1919 when an aerial cable car system was constructed to transport the men...

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  • THE HOODOO'S

    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...

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  • ROYAL TYRELL MUSEUM

    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...

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  • Royal Tyrell - This museum is the best!

    When you're visiting Alberta, this place is a stop you absolutely have to make!In the Royal Tyrell Museum it's all about paleontology, so if you're a dinosaur fan, this is the place to be.The museum opened in 1985 and was named after Joseph Burr Tyrrell (1858-1957). He was the geologist who - in 1884 - found the first dinosaur fossil in the valley...

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  • Interpretive walk near Royal Tyrell...

    Right outiside the Royal Tyrell Museum you can find the start of an interpretive walk in this area of the Badlands.The loop is only 1,4 kilometres long, but if you want to take in everything it can take well up to an hour before you're back at the start.If you go up the hill outside the museum, you have a good view of the size of the museum and the...

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  • Horsethief Canyon

    Another fabulous stop on the 'Dinosuar trail' is Horsethief Canyon.This canyon got it's name in the time there were still a lot of ranches out here.The horses would run in the canyon and 'disappear'. Lots of them were later found again, carrying a brand from another ranch. It is said that the horsethieved hid the stolen horses somewhere in the...

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  • The Bleriot Ferry

    Following the 'Dinosuar trail' will lead you up to the Bleriot Ferry.This ferry takes you over the Red Deer River. The original ferry was first in operation in 1913.It is one of the remaining 7 ferries in Alberta and is the last operated cable ferry. It's the last remaining ferry out of the 13 that used to cross the Red Deer River.It spans a length...

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  • Orkney viewpoint - simply beautiful

    When driving the Dinosaur trail in the surroundings of Drumheller, make sure to stop at the Orkney Viewpoint overlooking the Red Deer River.The viewpoint is located west of Drumheller.It offers spectacular views for kilometres long over the winding Red Deer river and the surrounding badlands.The viewpoint is on top of a cliff and only a small part...

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  • Drive to Wayne

    Wayne is a tiny little town east of Drumheller.There once used to be about 2500 people living there at the time when the coalmine was still in operation.When the mine closed down during the times of the Great Depression, most people left. A lot of them even took took down their house to rebuild it somewhere else - this was because materials were...

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  • The little white church

    Right next to the Royal Tyrell Museum you'll find this little white church.Their motto is "Seating 10,000 people, 6 at a time". Well, they're right about the seating 6 ... because that's all that can fit into the church. On either side there are 3 one-person pews. Besides that the only one who can fit in is the Minister himself.It was constructed...

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  • Funland Amusement Park

    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...

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  • Royal Tyrrell Museum

    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...

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  • The World's Largest Dinosaur

    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).

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  • Royal Tyrrell Museum

    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...

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  • If you are into Dinosaurs and...

    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.

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  • Visit the Badlands

    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.

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  • Bleriot Ferry

    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 arebridges along the rest of the river. The ferry was built in 1913, along with...

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Drumheller Restaurants

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    Last Chance Saloon: Old Western Gold Town Saloon

    by DSwede Written Oct 4, 2010

    Located in the old 1913 "Rosedeer Hotel", the Last Chance Saloon is littered with old relics and photographs of the old days. The food is typical of a normal bar & grill, but the location and decoration makes the experience unique. The name Last Chance came because this was the end of the road and there was nothing for a long time if any adventurous soul wanted to push south.

    Favorite Dish: Typical bar and grill food, such as burgers, bbq and daily specials.

    It is a fully functional bar, so minors are not allowed except for on Sundays. Open 12n to 1am on Mondays ~ Saturdays.
    Sundays are until 7pm only in May ~ September.

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Drumheller Transportation

  • The Bleriot Ferry

    by PrairieDee Written Mar 5, 2006

    The Bleriot Ferry connects the North Dinosaur Trail and the South Dinosaur Trail.

    If you're driving to Drumheller from the north I recommend taking the North Disnosaur Trail into town, it's a more scenic drive and you get to take the Ferry across the river (for free)

    The ferry operates from mid-May to October weather permitting.

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Drumheller Warnings and Dangers

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    Watch out for wildlife

    by Karlie85 Written Jul 16, 2008

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    When visiting attractions in and around Drumheller, such as the Hoodoos or the Suspension Bridge, there are areas in the Badlands where you can go for short hikes. Although there are lots of tourists around, be aware that there are also wild residents. For example, we were walking on a main path just past the Suspension Bridge when we were taken off guard by a large snake. Keep your distance and use common sense around wildlife.

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Drumheller Off The Beaten Path

  • See theatre on one of Canada's largest...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • A walk to remember

    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!

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Drumheller Favorites

  • Highway 3 and the South

    The most travelled route across southern Alberta is the Trans-Canada, direct to Calgary; Highway 3, branching off at Medicine Hat, takes a more southerly course across the plains before finally breaching the Rockies at Crowsnest Pass. This quieter and less spectacular route into the mountains holds a trio of worthwhile diversions: the brand new...

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  • 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...

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  • The Dinosaur Trail

    The Dinosaur Trail is a catch-all circular road route of 51km embracing some of the viewpoints and lesser historic sights of the badlands and the Red Deer Valley area. The comprehensive Visitor's Guide to the Drumheller Valley (free from the Drumheller infocenter) lists thirty separate stop-offs, mostly on the plain above the valley, of which the...

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