This is likely our last dive into the badlands. However, the Drumheller location is probably the most famous. Similar to the riverbed areas, our adventure here starts with a 200 metre plunge. Did your ears pop?
We had to go see the biggest dinosaur in the world
He is located in front of the Visitor Centre and has his own website.
The natural attractions are a must see…as you come into town from Calgary, turn right on the Hoodoo trail. About 7km out, you will see a sign for a swinging bridge. Take a left there and follow the winding road. Even if you do not like swinging bridges, it is a good picture taking spot.
As you return to the highway, consults the sign to see the other attractions on the left turn. The hoodoos are just 7km down. A short walk from the parking lot and you are in the protected area. You can walk around back and climb the rock face at leisure. Be careful if it has rained lately. The silt and sandstone make a nice slippery mud when wet.
Decide if you want to visit the mine or the schoolhouse. Then head back into town. Follow the signs to thew visitor centre to see the big dinosaur and get directions to the three museums in town.
You will also notice several small dinosaurs adorning many lawns and businesses. After all, this is the single largest repository of dinosaur bones in Canada.
Whether you visit a museum or not, be sure to follow the Dinosaur trail North, all the way to Horse Thief Canyon. When I overlooked that spot, I could Imagine Indians on the warpath lining the tops of the hills while the vulnerable convoy travelled below.
For more pictures from Drumheller, see Cindy’s blog
If I had to pick only 2 badlands in Western Canada, they would be Writing on Stone and Drumheller.
Tonight. We are in Red Deer, anxiously planning our entry into the Rocky Mountains.