Dinosaur Experiences

dinosaur fossils Royal Tyrrell Museum
dinosaur fossils Royal Tyrrell Museum
Prehistoric Adventures

Dinosaur Experiences

Dig up something prehistoric with dinosaur experiences in and around Calgary.

Discover the cretaceous creatures and prehistoric paleontology waiting for you in and around Calgary. Dinosaur fans will feel right at home with jaw dropping prehistoric experiences that may leave you feeling just like Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.

Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Photo credit: Travel Alberta)

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (Photo credit: Travel Alberta)

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

If you love dinosaurs, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is the ultimate experience. Home to one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur skeletons, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a world renowned museum and research facility just an hour and a half from Calgary. Search for fossils, dig in a realistic quarry, cast your own fossil, enjoy a self-guided tour through the Canadian Badlands around the museum, and take a moment to marvel at the rare blackened tyrannosaurus rex skull named “Black Beauty” when you visit.

Location: 1500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller

Cretaceous Seas and Lands Exhibit at Mount Royal University

The Cretaceous Seas and Lands exhibit at Mount Royal University brings you face to face with specimens of extinct dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and fish from across western North America during the Cretaceous Period, more than 65 million years ago. Casts on display were created using bones unearthed from the sea bottom in what is now the largest marine vertebrate exhibit in Calgary. The exhibit is open to the public and has been installed in the atrium and the ceilings in Mount Royal’s East Gate and B-Wing.

Location: 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel)

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Roth & Ramberg)

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Home to one of the world’s richest deposits of fossils, Dinosaur Provincial Park will transport you to another world. Views over the largest continuous stretch of Badlands at this UNESCO World Heritage Site make it a photographer’s dream day trip. Pack a picnic lunch, explore easy hiking trails, get up close to a stunning collection of fossils in the Dinosaur Visitor Centre, or spend the night with one-of-a-kind comfort camping in canvas walled tents that will leave you dreaming of dinosaurs.

Location: Township Rd 210A, Iddesleigh

Dinosaur Provincial Park Day Tour with Prairie Sprinter.

Dinosaur Provincial Park Day Tour with Prairie Sprinter.

Dinosaur Provincial Park Day Tour

Dinosaur Provincial Park Day Tour with Prairie Sprinter. (Photo credit: Leigh McAdam)

Calgary to Dinosaur Provincial Park Day Tour with Prairie Sprinter

Let someone else do the driving and book a guided tour of Dinosaur Provincial Park with Prairie Sprinter that includes transportation to and from the park and time for a hike, before returning to Calgary in time for dinner. Expert interpreters will meet you at one of two fossil houses where you can learn about incredible fossil discoveries in the park.

This tour is offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from late May to early September.

Location: Township Rd 210A, Iddesleigh

Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo

Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo.

Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo

Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo.

Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo

Wander into the Prehistoric Park at the Calgary Zoo and you might just spot a triceratops grazing in the bushes or a tyrannosaurus rex hunting for his next meal. Life-sized dinosaur models are around every corner in this unique Calgary Zoo exhibit that will take you back in time to when dinosaurs reigned supreme in Alberta. Prehistoric Park is open daily at 9:00 a.m. and is included with Calgary Zoo general admission.

Location: 210 St. George's Drive NE

Little Fossil Fun Zone at CrossIron Mills

Little Fossil Fun Zone at CrossIron Mills

CrossIron Mills shopping

CrossIron Mills

Little Fossil Fun Zone at CrossIron Mills

Let your kids roar away some energy and take a break from your day at the mall with the Little Fossil Fun Zone at CrossIron Mills. This dinosaur-themed play area has an interactive floor mat, games, and climbing features, with a comfortable area for parents to relax and regroup. Parent or guardian supervision is required at all times.

Location: 261055 CrossIron Blvd

World’s Largest Dinosaur Drumheller

World’s Largest Dinosaur

World’s Largest Dinosaur

Standing 86 feet tall, 151 feet long, and 106 stairs to the top, the World’s Largest Dinosaur can be spotted from just about anywhere in Drumheller. Four and a half times bigger than a real tyrannosaurus rex, this giant dino has been roaring in Alberta since 2000, and is a must for anyone searching out big landmarks in Canada. Climb to the top and take a shot of the Drumheller skyline from the mouth of this massive dinosaur landmark.

Once you have arrived in Drumheller, follow the blue signs marked with a question mark to the Drumheller Visitor Information Centre, located in the foot of the World’s Largest Dinosaur.

Location: 60 1 Ave W, Drumheller

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta (Photo credit: Laurie Shannon)

Drumheller Dino Walk

Take a self-guided tour through dinosaur history with the Drumheller Dino Walk. Start this epic journey and discover over 20 dinosaurs that were discovered in the Drumheller area. Follow the wayfinding signs through Drumheller to the site of Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus discoveries. The interactive online map makes it easy to follow along, learn about the dinosaurs, and plot your course through dino history.

Location: Various locations in Drumheller

Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Zone

Dig up a dinosaur skeleton, take home a real fossil, and learn to identify minerals, at the Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Centre. This hands on discovery centre is perfect for kids age 2 to 12 and features 10 animatronic dinosaurs, a belay climbing wall, and over 1,000 authentic fossil specimens. Add this dino dig to your itinerary when you visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

Location: 1381 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller

Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum

This bonus dinosaur experience is a three hour road trip from Calgary for dino fans looking for more fossil discoveries. The Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum features a Hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur, nest and embryo, along with ancient fossils, dinosaur models, and colourful dino murals. The Heritage Gallery will take you all the way from when dinosaurs roamed the Alberta landscape to modern history.

Location: Warner, AB