The highlight of a trip to Drumheller is of course the Royal Tyrrell Museum and its’ world-class dinosaur and fossil exhibits. But there is also an excellent selection of things to see and do on scenic drives around Drumheller.
Follow the audio directions to do the Dinosaur Trail route which includes the museum as well as Horsethief Canyon, the Orkney Viewpoint, the World’s Biggest Little Church and even a free car ferry ride across the Red Deer River.
Another route is the Hoodoo Trail, named for the striking hoodoo rock formations south of the town. Other highlights include the Rosedale Suspension Bridge, the almost ghost town of Wayne, the Atlas Coal Mine and more. Both loops can be completed easily in a day and are an excellent bonus to visiting the museum.
Listen to interesting dinosaur commentary on the 1 hour connection as you approach Drumheller from Highway 2. Different stories play as you return back to Highway 2 on Route 9/72 or to Calgary Airport through the pretty town of Rosedale.
Exit from Hwy 2 onto Hwy 9/72 heading eastbound. The exit number is 295.
Allow a full day for this suggested itinerary, with stops
To and from Hwy 2 + both loop tour routes 300km (186 miles)
Drumheller is known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World, with over 20 dinosaurs discovered in the area and is home to Canada’s only Museum dedicated exclusively to the science of paleontology.
The highlight of a trip to Drumheller is of course the Royal Tyrrell Museum and its world-class dinosaur and fossil exhibits. There’s also loads of other things to do including Horsethief Canyon, the Orkney Viewpoint, the World’s Biggest Little Church and the Hoodoo Trail, named for the striking hoodoo rock formations.
Make sure you allow for at least a few hours at Drumheller’s famous Royal Tyrell Museum to see its world-class dinosaur displays and exhibits, plus a full day to explore the highlights along the Dinosaur Trail route and Hoodoo Trail.
The collection at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller is excellent. It is easy to fill a few hours, and even more if anyone in your group is a dinosaur enthusiast.
Each Drumheller hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone, standing 5 to 7 meters tall that took millions of years to form. Take the Hoodoos Trail to see these striking hoodoo rock formations south of the town.