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Coal Mines and Dinosaur Finds

This tour through the Canadian Badlands packs an amazing diversity of experiences into just 48 kilometers.  Admire the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum, ride a rattling "mantrip" train at Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site and climb into the mouth of the World's Largest Dinosaur in downtown Drumheller.

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. Part One highlights | Dinosaur Trail

The Dinosaur Trail is a lovely, looping drive that closely follows both sides of the slow-moving Red Deer River, climbing twice to commanding viewpoints, Horsethief Canyon and Orkney Hill. This 48-km tour nicely combines the riveting intensity of the Royal Tyrrell Museum with a couple of short walks, a short ride on the Bleriot Ferry and the scenic majesty of the Drumheller Valley, including Midland Provincal Park and  the Littlest Church.

2. Part Two highlights | Hoodoo Trail

This 24-km route journeys southeast from Drumheller through the valley’s rich coal mining history. Cross narrow bridges to mine scars, ghost towns and a national historic site that splendidly preserves much of the valley’s last coal mine. Along the way, stop for tea at the East Coulee School Museum and tour the local shops. Visit Rosedale and the Rosedale Suspension Bridge, but are you brave enough to walk across?

3. Part Three highlights | Drumheller

If one word describes all that Drumheller has to offer, it’s eclectic. A quick list of the town’s attractions includes man-made dinosaurs big and small and good food and shopping. Ever been kissed by a snake? You’ll never forget it, visit Brittney the snake and Fred the alligator at Drumheller’s Reptile World. Follow your encounter up with a climb into the mouth of the World's Largest Dinosaur and cool off in Rotary Spray Park and cascade down the Aquaplex waterslide.

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