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Stay in Drumheller
There are so many ways to “dig” into the experiences offered in this region. One option is to start with the Royal Tyrrell Museum which houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, offering a wide variety of creative, fun and hands on experiences. A short distance outside of Drumheller lives Atlas Coal Mine, famous for its fascinating, story-rich tours including underground tunnel tours, authentic trips along a train track and tantalizing tales of Drumheller’s seedy underbelly. Take a quick trip south to dig a little deeper at Dinosaur Provincial Park and partake is one of several guided tours that will have you holding a fossil in no time! The Fossil Safari or Centrosaurus Quarry Hike are very popular where excitement from all ages echoes throughout the park.
Stay in Milk River
A drive south down Highway 4 toward the U.S. border is an excursion into interesting and unique territory. Here in the badlands of southern Alberta, fertile farmland is juxtaposed against ethereal sandstone hoodoos. The landscape is surprising in its duality – rich with crops and yet hypnotically mysterious, dry, and barren. The topography is unique in all of Canada, the result of ancient glacial movements and thousands of years of westerly winds.
The heart of southwest Alberta’s badlands is Milk River, a friendly prairie town with strong agricultural ties and the centre of all the services you’ll need. There are several places to stay and dine, which is good because there are plenty of reasons to hang around for while. The town offers a number of great amenities, but the geographical wonders of Milk River Country are what make a trip to this area a truly unforgettable experience.
The town of Milk River is named after the silty body of water that flows gently beside it. Runoff from the surrounding sandstone landscape is what gives the river its milky appearance – and hence its appropriate name. The Milk River is the only river in Canada that eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a popular place to canoe, kayak, and fish, and it attracts plenty of wildlife as well. Bird watching and hunting are both great activities here.
Of course, most people make a trip to Milk River to see the incredible hoodoo formations at Writing On Stone Provincial Park. And if you have an inclination for ancient history, you’ll want to venture over to Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum to discover how and when the biggest creatures to ever walk the earth lived in this part of the world.