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Dinosaur Capital of Canada - At the heart of South Central Alberta, the Drumheller Valley offers visitors a unique combination of spectacular scenery and interesting things to do, a unique geographical area which tells a story of glaciers and erosion that formed this fascinating landscape. The world of startling contrasts between the deep past and the exciting present. Rolling fields suddenly give way to steep, dry coulees ridged with the strata of hundreds of years of erosion by time, wind and water. And, through it all, the tranquil Red Deer River gently makes its way through parkland and myriad of recreational opportunities. Drumheller Valley has much more to offer the half-million visitors who come to the area annually. Over 50 attractions are all conveniently located. You'll agree; there is nowhere quite like Drumheller Valley. It is also the historic home of Canada`s great dinosaur finds, the largest in the world, and so connects to the enduring curiosity and mythology surrounding the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. More than this, the Canadian Badlands are an important part of the mythology of Alberta. They provided protection from the elements for generations of plains aboriginal people as well as gangs of outlaws-horse thieves who avoided authorities in the seemingly endless gulleys and canyons. And by night the eerie hoodoos stand watch against a coal black sky, waiting for ghosts. Local Blackfoot and Cree thought that these giant pillars were petrified giants who came alive after dark. In this torn and twisted landscape, you can almost believe it.
The Canadian Badlands has many attractions for you to see, activities to partake in, and museums to peruse. Events are held throughout the year, so you will have to come back over and over to catch them all giving visitors a truly unique and inviting experience in a special place in Alberta. Visit our world famous HooDoo formations which are scattered throughout the entire Canadian Badlands region. These incredible formations are formed from thousands of years of erosion, mixed with the unique composition of the land. This unique land and scenery is the setting for some of the best golf courses around.
The Dinosaur Trail Golf Course is famous for it's back nine, as it is one of the toughest rounds of golf you can play in Alberta. Who can plan a visit to this area without making time to stop at the World Famous, Royal Tyrrell Museum, which holds some of the rarest collections of pale ontological treasures known to mankind. Also during your visit, plan to stop and see Dinosaur Provincial Park - World Heritage Site. Dinosaur Provincial Park is located approximately 2 hours south east of Drumheller or 48 km northeast of Brooks in the breath-taking Badlands. A visit to Dinosaur Provincial Park will take you back 75 million years in history. The region was once a subtropical paradise where dinosaur roamed freely, and ultimately died, leaving rich fossil deposits. Dinosaur Provincial Park has a variety of services and facilities for your enjoyment. During your visit to the park, be sure to take in the Field Station Visitor Centre, interpretive bus tours and natural preserve hikes.
Whether you just plan to stay one night, or you are looking to spend a lifetime, the Canadian Badlands has unlimited choices for your stay, from some of the best camping spots around to exceptional bed and breakfasts. You will get lost in the surroundings. Drumheller is best known for its diverse and beautiful topography. Made up of badlands, hoodoos, canyons and coulees, the area provides vast terrains of discovery.