Calgary Nearby: Drumheller Attractions

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Here are the top attractions in & around Drumheller. Items marked * are free. Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site
24 km east along the Hoodoo Trail (Hwy 10)
Just east of East Coulee, this mine is one of the last in North America with surface-standing tipple. It was operated from 1926 to 1979 and is now a Provincial and National Historic Site. Summer Hours: May and June - 9:30am to 5:30pm, daily; July and August - 9:30am to 8:30pm, daily. Winter Hours: September to October 8 - 10:00 am to 5:00pm, daily; October 10 to April 30 - CLOSED (except by appointment). Admission fee.

Badlands Historical Centre
1st Street East, Drumheller
The private collection of pioneer L.A. Duncan, includes fossils and Indian artifacts from the around the Red Deer River valley. Open daily in the summer months from 10 am to 6 pm.

Badlands Passion Play
Take South Dinosaur Trail to 17th St. SW.
office at (403) 823-7750 or 1-888-823-2001 The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is a popular annual event which portrays the life of Christ. The play takes place in a natural outdoor ampitheatre in June and July of every odd-numbered year. The Passion Play is 3 hours long, including a twenty-minute intermission. Doors open one hour prior to show time.
Bleriot Ferry*
Drive about 15 miles northwest of town on Highway 838. One of only five cable ferries left in Alberta, and the last of 13 that once crossed the Red Deer River. Established in 1913.

Dinosaur Provincial Park
17 km SW of Drumheller on Hwy. 9
(403) 378-4342
See spectacular badlands, Interpretive Centre, native teepee, prairie wild flowers. See a dinosaur fossil replica. Shuttle tours offered (no pets, no strollers, no food allowed). Camping. Open daily in summer. Hours vary. Admission Free
East Coulee School Museum
P.O.Box 539, East Coulee, Alberta, T0J 1B0
From Drumheller, take Highway 10 south through Rosedale, and just past the East Coulee Motor Inn
403-822-3970 fax: 403-822-2111
The East Coulee School Museum shows you what life was like for the children and families of the first coal miners in the Drumheller Valley. Open Effective Oct. 1, 2008 - May 13, 2009 Mon-Fre 10 am to 5pm,and Victoria Day to Labour Day also open weekends 10 am to 6 pm. Admission fee.

Homestead Antique Museum
901 North Dinosaur Trail (on way to the Tyrrell Museum)
The Homestead Museum features a collection of early Canadiana including a two-headed calf and an antique steam engine. Open from May 1st to the second Monday in October (Canadian Thanksgiving Day) 10am to 5pm, daily. Victoria Day to Labour Day also open evenings to 8pm from Thursday - Sunday. Admission fee.

Horseshoe Canyon*
As the road from Calgary makes a sharp right towards Drumheller, this canyon appears from nowhere. Named for the canyon's horseshoe shape, it gives viewers a spectacular introduction to Drumheller's badlands. If you drove past it on the way in, DO stop by on the way home.

Horsethief Canyon*
This canyon gives a breathtaking view of Drumheller's badlands, north of the Tyrell Museum and Drumheller, on Highway 838. It is named for the ease of hiding for horse thieves in the early 1900s.

Homestead Antique Museum
901 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller
(on way to the Tyrell Museum)
Pioneer artifacts include Indian relics, farm implements, musical instruments, fashions, antique cars and military items (plus a rare stuffed two-headed calf). Open May 1st to second Monday in October (Canadian Thanksgiving Day) each year from 10am to 5pm. daily. From Victoria Day to Labour Day, open evenings to 8pm from Thursday - Sunday.

Hoodoo Trail*
Named for the vertical formations of sandstone that survived wind and water erosion, this is a 25 km (15 mile) stretch of Highway 10, southeast of Drumheller. Hoodoos east of Drumheller

Reptile World
1222 Hwy. 9 S, Drumheller (403) 823-8623 Home to over 150 reptiles, some of the rarest animals in North America. Many exhibits available give visitors a "hands-on" experience. Open year-round. Admission fee.

Exterior vista around Tyrell Museum
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
6 km NW of Drumheller on the North Dinosaur Trail
(403) 823-7707 Fax: (403) 823-7131 Toll Free: 1-888-440-4240
The world's largest exhibit of complete dinosaur skeletons collected from the badlands around town. Experience 4.5 billion years of the earth's history through hands-on displays, computer simulations, skeletons and fossils.Take a stroll through a prehistoric garden, watch a video, listen to an audio guide, try your hand at an interactive display and watch museum technicians preparing fossils. An acclaimed research facility where a team of scientists study all forms of ancient life. Hours/seasons: Summer May 20 - September 4, 2006 9:00am - 9:00pm daily Fall : September 5 - October 9, 2006 10:00am - 5:00pm daily Allow 3 hours. Admission fee.

Rosedale Suspension Bridge*
This 1931 bridge was used by the workers in the Star Mine to cross the Red River. Until then, since the mine's opening in 1914, men and ore had to cross on a cable & sling.

Rosebud Dinner and Theatre
In the pretty town of Rosebud, on highway 840 between Drumheller and Calgary, this dinner theatre on the town's main street, has been serving up good performances for years.

School Museum & Cultural Centre
This historic site in East Coulee, a once-booming coal mining town, includes a tea room, a restored school room, and antique mining equipment. Open May to September.

Valley Doll Museum
In the Valley Plaza Shopping Centre on 3rd Avenue West, Drumheller 403-823-3655
The Valley Doll Museum & Gifts features over 700 dolls in 130 historic scenes. Summer hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm and Sunday, noon - 5pm; Winter hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, noon - 5pm.
World's Smallest Church*
One kilometre west of the Tyrell Museum
This church, capable of seating six people, is the perfect place to get married when you don't want to invite the in-laws.
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