Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Ready to continue your bucket list dinosaur road trip? The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology proudly hosts the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons in the world. That’s right, the world! This renowned museum and research facility is located just an hour and a half drive from Calgary. Marvel at the majestic Black Beauty or behold the Rosetta Stone of Armoured Dinosaurs in the museum halls. Search for fossils, dig in the quarry, cast your own fossil, and explore on a self-guided tour through the Canadian Badlands surrounding the museum. Next up, more great experiences to include in your road trip.
Location: 1500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
Horsethief Canyon is a must-see destination along the Dinosaur Trail and just a short drive from Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Named after outlaws that hid stolen livestock in the area more than 100 years ago, Horsethief Canyon has epic views of the valley below with easy to access hiking trails. The Orkney Viewpoint is a popular spot for photographers, hikers, and day trippers, and was featured prominently in the film Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Add a visit to the Rosebud Theatre to your road trip, a hidden gem that combines delicious food and live theatre with the Canadian Badlands as its backdrop. Located 35 kilometres southwest of Drumheller, Rosebud Theatre produces live theatre shows throughout the year with a buffet meal in the Rosebud Mercantile dining room before the curtain goes up. Plan your road trip ahead of time with travel times and directions from Calgary and Drumheller to Rosebud Theatre. Performances take place in the evenings with dinner service so plan to make this your last road trip stop of the day.
Location: 106 Martin Avenue, Rosebud, AB
Hoodoos and Hoodoo Trail
Hoodoos are sandstone formations that take millions of years to form and can stand anywhere from five to seven metres tall. Look for hoodoos throughout the Canadian Badlands but take a walk along the protected Hoodoo Trail and you are guaranteed to see these otherworldly formations along the easy to access hiking trails. The Hoodoo Trail is an easy experience to add to any road trip, from five minutes taking in the views to a full morning of hiking, and a great stop along the way to the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.