How to Spend a Day in the Dinosaur Town of Drumheller
Just 135km east of Calgary, about an hour and a half's drive, is the quirky town of Drumheller. Famous for its dinosaurs and hoodoos, my boyfriend Sam and I trekked out to see what we could get up to for a day in Drumheller.
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
Our first stop in Drumheller was the renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, a fantastic museum home to many fossils, dinosaurs, bones and fascinating tales of uncovering bits of history in Drumheller, in Alberta and beyond. $19 per adult.
Midlands Provincial Park
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is in the heart of Midlands Provincial Park, a massive park featured hoodoos, prairies and beautiful rock formations. While it was shut for the winter when we were there, there is a 1 km loop to walk where you can learn about the history of the Badlands. Free.
One of the most famous sights of Drumheller, the Hoodoos Trail is a short walk among incredible flat-topped sand and clay rock structures where you can feel small against these thousand-year-old formations. Free.
World's Largest Dinosaur
The world's largest dinosaur is 4.5 times larger than an actual Tyrannosaurus Rex would have been! There's a small dinosaur gift shop at the base, from where you can climb the stairs to get to the mouth of the T-Rex to see out to the town of Drumheller. $4 per adult to climb the stairs.
Star Mine Suspension Bridge
A 117-metre long bridge across Red Deer River, built in 1931 for the Star Mine coal workers, this is now a great place to trek over to the Badlands and take in the views over the expansive river. Free.