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Oh, Drumheller. The fabled land of the dinosaurs. The badlands. The heller of drums.
The place that is just far enough away from Calgary that it has to compete with Banff as a day-trip destination.
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Well, it’s about time you take a break from those mountains (they’re way too steep, anyway) and head east, and just a little north.
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Drumheller offers more than just the Royal Tyrrell Museum – though if you haven’t been, you seriously gotta go – and gigantic plastic dinosaurs. The town is full of things to do, people to see, and sights to gawk at.
Between the natural landscape and the not-so-natural sculptures, Drumheller is a must-visit for any Calgarian with a day to spare.
Where is it?
Drumheller is located 1.5 hours’ drive northeast of Calgary, in east-central Alberta – otherwise known as the Badlands. It is surrounded by eroded rock that forms hoodoos; formations up to 20 feet tall, sculpted by wind and time.
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How do you get there?
Driving from Calgary, Drumheller is an easy 135 km away. Head east to Highway 9, take that north route until you hit Beiseker, and then it’s straight east again to Drumheller. If you don’t have your own vehicle, tours are offered by Round The Block Tours that will give you the full experience.
Those heading from Edmonton will be facing a three-hour drive on Highway 21 to Highway 56 south all the way to Drumheller.
Okay, okay, dinosaurs first.
Drumheller is home to both the world’s largest dinosaur – an 86-foot tall T-Rex – and Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
The town also features some interesting hoodoos to check out, the Trekcetera Museum, the Star Mine Suspension Bridge, the Atlas Coal Mine, some great restaurants, a huge 75-foot fountain, and the ghost town of Wayne, which sits only 15 minutes away.
But yeah, the dinosaurs are pretty cool too.