There are many other attractions in the Dumheller area that provide remarkable experiences!
The World’s Largest Dinosaur
Step right up, folks, and see “The World’s Largest Dinosaur” in the heart of Drumheller. No, literally step right up – 106 steps to be exact. This fibreglass and steel model T. rex stands all of 86 ft (26.3 m) high and stretches out 151 ft (46 m) in length, approximately 4.5 times bigger than a life-sized T. rex. At the top of the 106 steps is a viewing area in the mouth of the dinosaur that can hold between 8 and 12 people at a time.
Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Centre
Discover where the past comes to life. This unique museum is filled with animatronic dinosaurs and fossil specimens, which will excite all ages. Our museum features hand’s on programs for children where they can dig up a dinosaur and take home a piece of bone or another fossil or Pan for minerals from all over the world like they did in the Klondike. It also features a 4 level Dino climb Zone, Crayon Creation Station, Apple iPad Stations and Kids Dinosaur Cinema. This is the place where Dinosaur Fun Happens
The Canadian Badlands Passion Play
Performed over six weekends in July and August, it is one of Canada’s largest annual outdoor theatrical events. Attendees are carried back 2000 years to witness the dramatic portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All within an acoustically superb natural amphitheatre. The hundreds of actors and musicians performing this play are all volunteers, but they are incredibly talented and devoted. They race over hills in the set that would challenge a mountain goat, all while delivering their lines superbly.
People are drawn to the Canadian Badlands Passion Play from all corners of the world to experience firsthand who Jesus was. Attendees are carried back 2000 years to witness the dramatic portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in an acoustically superb natural amphitheatre.
It is advised to book tickets with reserved seating in advance. There is a cash-only concession available with a variety of meal and snack options. The show goes on regardless of the weather, so visitors are counselled to prepare accordingly. The amphitheatre is extremely sound-sensitive so children under the age of 6 may not attend.
The site is wheel-chair accessible. Parking is available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can book a seat on a bus to bring you to the site from a restricted number of stops in Drumheller. For more details visit canadianpassionplay.com
Horseshoe Canyon and Horsethief Canyon
Offering stunning vistas and scenic hiking trails, the Horseshoe Canyon is located 17 km southwest of Drumheller along Hwy 9. This glacier-carved “U” shaped lookout is surrounded by golden prairie and is a must-see attraction. There is a pathway leading to steps to the east of the parking lot and lookout. Numerous unmarked trails allow hikers to explore the valley and maybe even discover a dinosaur or two!
The more secluded Horsethief Canyon, located about 18 km northwest of Drumheller, offers endless views of layers of rock carved out of the midst of yellow canola fields. Adventuresome souls can hike deep into the valley where horse thieves used to go to rebrand their stolen animals. Just be careful, there are no interpretive signs and it’s easy to get lost.
Red Deer River Adventures
Renting kayaks and canoes for self-guided trips on the Red Deer River and surrounding area, they also offer guided tours ranging from 2 hours to a full day, which take you through an area of the river where you can enjoy badlands scenery as well as coal mining and fossil hunting history. In 2018, “escape room” style hikes, where you have to follow clues and solve a mystery, will be offered.
Valley Doll Museum, Gift Shop & Jungling Works
At the Valley Doll Museum and Gift Shop, Linda Schuler has 1000 enchanting antique and vintage dolls displayed. For more information, visit valleydollmuseum.com.
At nearby Jungling Works, Debra Jungling cites a friend’s challenge to share, rather than hoard, her photographs of the natural beauties around Drumheller as the inspiration for the gorgeous fashion accessories and home décor items digitally printed with these images featured in her store. For more info, visit junglingworks.com.
Escape This! Drumheller
Drumheller’s first escape rooms feature local flair. You need to use your wits to foil a Prohibition era police raid, or crack the manager’s safe at the coal mine, or figure out where to locate a missing paleontologist before the night watchman catches you.
Annual Badlands Boogie
This music festival is a labour of love to support “Save the East Coulee Truss Bridge Fund”. The East Coulee Truss bridge is the last one of its kind in all of Western Canada. The only other one like it is in Ontario and it is protected. It’s a railroad, single lane traffic, and pedestrian bridge that has been featured in many movies and music videos and is threatened with demolition. The 4th Annual Badlands Boogie, September Long Weekend 2018, will feature over 30 bands donating their time to help save the this historic bridge. The East Coulee School Museum and the Historic Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site are other must see attractions in East Coulee.
By: Shannon Tracy