Your tour guide - David & his badland friend "Ripper"
Let's head out for the day to one of the most intriguing and spectacular areas in Alberta and perhaps one of the most fascinating in the world. A visit to Calgary and the Canadian Rockies is not complete without a trip to the Drumheller region and a visit to the spectacular Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology.
This world renown museum of palaeontology is located on the north edge of the town of Drumheller, just 6 kilometres from the centre of town. Named for Joseph Tyrell who discovered the bones of Albertasaurus (a meat-eating cousin of the Tyrannosaurus Rex) in 1884, it features displays of some of the best fossils in the world, plus entertaining interactive exhibits for children and many other attractions.
Spend time exploring the many historic sites as we travel through the "Alberta Badlands". We follow the Dinosaur Trail, a network of roads that will take us around the Red Deer River Valley to uncover the man-made and natural wonders of Alberta's Badlands. As we approach Drumheller the rolling hills suddenly drop off hundreds of feet into mysterious winding canyons. Strange land formations rise up on all sides; sculpted by wind and water into hauntingly beautiful shapes sunbathed in terra cotta, bronze and amber.
A trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park is also a 75 million-year foray back in time. The result is an eerie landscape that looks like another world! Today, after a century of excavations over 150 complete dinosaur skeletons have been discovered and are on display.
Horseshoe Canyon Hoodoos
Drumheller Lunch Break
The Last Chance Saloon
Step back in time. Deep in the heart of Alberta's 'Badlands' On a four mile lonely stretch of road, between Rosedale and Wayne, you will travel over 11 one-lane bridges, and in only 4 miles reach what's left of this legendary ghost town...The Rosedeer Hotel and the Last Chance Saloon.
Located 14 km southeast of Drumheller, Wayne is one of the Badlands' quirkiest places. Parts of the movie "Shanghai Noon" with Jackie Chan were filmed there, hundreds of Harley Davidson riders meet there every summer for the Wayne Rally, its saloon is one of Alberta's only operating cowboy relics, and lastly, you have to cross eleven one-way bridges just to get there. When you arrive, plan for a great lunch at the Last Chance Saloon. Even bullet holes in the walls. You really can't get more Albertan than that.
Last Chance Saloon
Departing Downtown in front of Calgary Tower
Hotel Pickup/drop-off can be arranged ($10.00 each way)
(Tyrell Museum closed Mondays during the winter season)