As we made our way across Alberta to Banff National Park, we knew there was a place we would have to go back to. Drumheller had been on our list since the very beginning, one found from the great travel show, Departures. It certainly did not disappoint.
Our first stop was the Royal Tyrrell Museum, a museum completely devoted to palaeontology. This museum has one of the largest dinosaur collections in the world. It was fantastic to see. I probably mentioned how cool it was every five minutes.
The small town of Drumheller is located among the hoodoos and badlands. It is also home to the world’s largest dinosaur, pictured below (which you can climb into the mouth of via staircase inside).
Still having much of the day to wander we went 10km south to Rosedale. Rosedale was once host to the Star Mine. While the coal workers have long since been gone, the suspension bridge that allowed them to cross the Red Deer River still stands (built in 1931).
The next day we woke up to more disappointing weather, but we didn’t let it stop us from doing a quick hike around Horsethief Canyon – aptly named for the American thieves that would use its valleys to hide their merchandise and stolen horses on the way to Alberta buyer markets.
As we were quick to discover, it would have been an exceptional place to hide. The countless dips could have you out of sight within minutes.
While our time was short in Drumheller, we would happily go back to do some hiking in the badlands in season. It is truly a unique part of Canada’s geography, one that as always, pictures just don’t do justice.
Finally catching up to our fall travels, the next post will be about our winter home – Golden! Following that, we’re still on track for a summer full of exploring British Columbia and the Territories. Adios for now!