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Homesteads, Bonebeds and Coalbeds

With so much to uncover, plan a multiple day circle tour and discover for yourself the unique history of the Canadian Badlands. Journeys through century-old farmland to the rugged Drumheller Valley and Dinosaur Provincial Park. Immerse yourself in dinosaur lore at the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum, explore coal mining history at the Atlas Coal Mine, and keep an eye out for rodeos in Brooks' historic ranching country.

Be sure to look up driving times before you depart. A full list of visitor centers as well as contact information for attractions on this tour can be found by downloading the tour document.

The Canadian Badlands Touring Routes aim to follow good secondary highways and occasionally, offer gravel-road alternatives. Please drive carefully and respect private property. Every effort has been made to ensure accurate information at the time of publication. You are advised to conduct further research in advance. We are unable to accept responsibility for any inconvenience, loss or injury sustained as a result of anyone relying upon this information.

Tour Route

1. Day One highlights | Calgary to Drumheller

Truly a driving tour like no other as prairie turns to winding river valley and rolling coulees. From the Drumheller Valley and on to Dinosaur Provincial Park, the land tells a story that you and the family can follow along to as you explore.

Treat yourself to a show at the treasured Rosebud Theatre where professional rural entertainment has wowed audiences for years. Later, stretch your legs and take in the spectacular view of Horseshoe Canyon. There are many hiking trails or for a bird’s eye view, take a helicopter ride. Afterwards, let the great folks at Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology introduce you to some Alberta’s own dinosaur culture.

2. Day Two highlights | Drumheller to Brooks

The Drumheller Valley is rich in coal mining heritage. Have the kids keep an eye out for signs of the once 140 mines that operated in the valley: red slag heaps, broken timbers, iron rails and battered coal cars. Drive across 11 bridges to the ghost town of Wayne. Visit the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, home to Canada’s last standing wooden tipple, for a ride on a coal mining train and an interpretive tour of the coal mine. On your way to Brooks remember that this is ranching country, be on the look-out for local rodeos or stop by the Historic Brooks Aqueduct, which once supplied water to the region’s farmers and ranchers

3. Day Three highlights | Brooks to Calgary

Dinosaurs play the starring role in a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Dinosaur Provincial Park. Explore where the dinosaurs once roamed along breath-taking scenery that promises a day or more of discoveries for everyone. The park offers interpretive bus tours, and the opportunity to hike among the hoodoos and coulees on a self-guided walking trail. The area is also home to Siksika Nations’ Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, the centre offers many exciting opportunities to revel in authentic Blackfoot culture.

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