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Drumheller Southern Alberta

In the heart of Alberta’s Canadian Badlands an hour and a half east of Calgary, lies the town of Drumheller. Make a stop at the visitor information center. You can’t miss it – it’s at the base of the World’s Largest Dinosaur. Climb inside the enormous T.rex all the way up to its open jaws for a panoramic view of the surrounding badlands. Then discover more of the beasts lurking around the town. Spend time at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, one of the finest dinosaur museums in the world.
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Industrial finds unearth palaeontological past

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Visitors will explore the personal stories and exceptional specimens that have been discovered as a result of the Museum’s collaboration with numerous industries such as housing and road construction, mining, wind turbine development, and oil and gas.

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Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

Drumheller, Alberta
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The world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. In addition to housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, the museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life.

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Hoodoos and Hoodoo Trail

Drumheller, Alberta
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Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged. The protected Hoodoos site is a guaranteed spot to see Hoodoos but smaller versions of these sandstone giants can be found all over the Badlands. The Hoodoos make a great stop on the way to the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site in East Coulee. There's no cost to stop and visit.

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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

Drumheller, Alberta
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The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is considered Canada's most complete historic coal mine and offers visitors a range of interpretive tours, on the surface, underground and up into the last wooden tipple in the country. We tell the amazing stories of the miners who came to seek their fortunes in the Drumheller Valley, in the heart of the Canadian Badlands.

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Atlas Coal Mines Specialty Tours

Choose between 3 specialty tours starting at $20 per person. Climb the last wooden tipple in Canada, or put on a cap lamp as you trek through an inclined conveyor tunnel, or explore the dark side of coal mining.

Expires: 2017-10-09
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The Dig Experience

Using the tools and techniques of palaeontology, you will uncover fossil replicas in our simulated dig site, unearth their unique stories, and hold real fossils. Experience the thrill of excavation on this 90-minute realistic dinosaur dig.

Expires: 2017-08-31
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Mine and Dine

Take a step back to 1937 and the first day of a coal miner in the Drumheller Valley. Discover the area’s culture first-hand at two historic sites...Rub shoulders with miners, wear work clothes and handle artefacts before unwinding with a Hungarian-style meal. June 10, August 19, September 9, October 14.

Expires: 2017-09-08
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Dinosaur Valley Express

Drumheller, Alberta
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Hop aboard the Dinosaur Valley Express and join us on a tour to remember. This 1920s inspired trolley will guide you on a three hour interpretative journey to local attractions and stops. Enjoy walking throughout the famed Hoodoos, and strolling across the Red Deer River on the Rosedale Suspension Bridge. Learn about the rich mining history when coal was king. Count the 11 bridges to Wayne and saddle up for a cold beverage at the Last Chance Saloon. While there, stop at the Sage Shoppe and Bees Knees Confections for some retail therapy and old fashioned candy.

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Willow Creek Adventure

Drumheller, Alberta

Welcome to Willow Creek Adventures. We offer amazing horseback rides in the badlands of Drumheller. Our current trail rides are located 10 minutes West of Drumheller on the South Dinosaur Trail (highway 575). We offer 1 - 3-hour trail rides for ages 5 and up starting at $60 per person. Willow Creek Adventures also has Horse Lessons, Training, and Boarding for your horse. Our main facility includes a heated barn and indoor heated riding arena as well as an outdoor riding arena. Boarding fees start at $250 per month. Please contact us for other rates and bookings.

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GyPSy Guide Driving Tour Apps - Drumheller

Drumheller, Alberta

Driving tour apps that are "Like Having A Tour Guide In Your Car"™. All the benefits of a guided tour, but the freedom to drive yourself. The apps use GPS technology to play the commentary automatically. Expert guides have created tours that share stories, tips and advice of the surrounding area. Works offline, so doesn't require roaming or data. Scenic drive routes throughout Alberta including Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Icefields Parkway, Drumheller, Waterton and Alberta SW. Travel Alberta ALTO Award winner.

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Drumheller Dinosaur & Comic Expo

Drumheller, Alberta
2017-09-29 to 2017-09-30 MST

The Drumheller Dinosaur & Comic Expo is Drumheller’s premier comic expo which for 2 days celebrates all things science fiction, comic book, gaming, anime, cartoon, collectible, horror, and dinosaur related. Drumheller is a place like no other, with a population of over 8,000 people it also attracts thousands of visitors every year. Drumheller is home to the World’s Largest Dinosaur, Hoodoos, The Royal Tyrell Museum, Atlas Coal Mine, Dinosaur Fossils, and The Canadian Badlands Passion Play. Drumheller has been featured in movies such as Seventh Son, Superman 1978, Nightbreed, Shanghai Noon, Wild America, Koi…Mil Gaya, and many many more.

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Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival

Drumheller, Alberta
2017-08-04 to 2017-08-06 MST

This annual event in Drumheller is celebrating it's 6th year of hosting a weekend full of heavy metal in the Canadian Badlands. This 3-day event live heavy metal, freakshows, guitar clinics, drum clinics, suspension demonstrations, camping, food trucks, and vendors. This is an all ages event and to get all the festival information, lineup and tickets, visit our website or Facebook page!

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Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon

Drumheller, Alberta
2017-09-10 to 2017-09-10 MST

Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon is an annual three event foot race held in Drumheller Alberta each September. The event comprises of 21.1K, 10K and 5K distances. The 21.1 and 10K courses are Athletics Canada Certified. The shortest course is dubbed the 5K family fun run and intended to be such. Segments of each course run along the scenic Red Deer river. Those that compete in the 21.1 will experience the Drumheller Badlands up close. Races and awards culminate before noon leaving ample time to continue exploring the valley.

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