• Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Explore the wide-open Badlands of Alberta on this 8-hour coach day trip with guide from Calgary, stopping for sublime views, a dinosaur fossils museum. Experience the moon-like landscape of Drumheller, frequently called the Dinosaur Capital of the World, where you’ll see the intricate layers of Horseshoe Canyon. You’ll also visit the dinosaur exhibits at the world-class Royal Tyrell Museum, learning from scientists about the fossil discovery and collection process before taking a guided bone-hunting walk. Your trip includes museum admission and coach transport.

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Canadian Badlands of Alberta from Calgary
  • See the striated formations of Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller and visit its information center
  • Wander through the Royal Tyrrell Museum, famous for its top-notch exhibits of dinosaur fossils
  • Take a step into the past on a guided tour of the Atlas Coal Mine
  • Learn about the hoodoo rock formations making this region unique from a knowledgeable guide
  • Museum entrance fee and air-conditioned coach transport included

What You Can Expect

Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary

Canadian Badlands

Experience the surreal landscapes of Alberta’s Badlands during this 8-hour day trip by coach from Calgary, learning about the area’s wealth of dinosaur fossils and amazing rock formations along the way. It’s a great way to get a sense for the powerful natural forces and amazing creatures that have shaped this rugged terrain over millions of years.

Start your trip in the morning from the Calgary Tower, driving east into the gold-tinged prairies of Alberta on your way to Drumheller, a region of intricately-layered rocks and strange hoodoo (thin rock spire) columns. Over the course of millions of years, these spindly rock towers were shaped by the wind and water, growing to heights between 16 and 23 feet (5 and 7m). Hear from your guide where these strange rocks got their name, and hear stories about how the indigenous peoples of the area considered them to be petrified giants that would come to life at night to attack intruders.

Head next to Horseshoe Canyon, among the most popular attractions in Drumheller, discovering its geology, native plants and animals and history at the canyon’s Interpretative Centre. Continue your day in the town of Drumheller, known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World due to the incredible wealth of fossils found nearby.

More than 130,000 specimens that were found in the area (many of them dinosaurs) from more than 300 species can be found at the town’s Royal Tyrell Museum. Check out the museum’s incredible range of exhibits and watch as scientists work to assemble the skeleton of a raptor. At the museum you’ll also learn about the process of finding, collecting and preserving fossils unearthed from nearby Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hoping to find some fossils during your trip? Take the museum’s Dinosite tour (own expense, when available), a guided 2-mile (3km) walk through the Badlands’ hilly terrain, passing fossils still in the ground and hearing about the landscape of ancient Alberta.

Take a break to have lunch (at your own expense) at the museum before leaving town for the Atlas Coal Mine, where you’ll have a chance to explore one of Canada’s most intact historic coal mines. Learn about the arduous, sometimes fatal, work of the miners and view the mine’s wooden coal tipple, the last remaining such device in all of Canada.

Make one last stop on your way back to Calgary at a scenic overlook, where you can take in impressive views of the striking hoodoos before returning to town.

Customer Reviews

Marje

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A great and insightful tour to learn about the Badlands, which is about a two-hour drive from downtown Calgary. The hoodoos were magical, and also included a stopover at the Atlas Mines not recommended if one is claustrophobic and/or afraid of the dark, and this tour involves a lot of walking on an incline, so wear sturdy hiking shoes. The last stop was at the impressive Royal Tyrell Museum -- worth the entire trip alone! Their dinosaur fossil collection is absolutely the best in the world not to miss to visit when you are in Calgary.

Sharon F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Terrific day! Great guides!

carnescassell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We tagged this day trip onto a tour we were taking of Western Canada. Boy we were glad we did. The trip went smoothly thanks to our guide. The coach was comfortable and the sites we visited were worth it. The highlight for us was the Tyrrell Dinosaur museum. This is a world class exhibit and not to be missed if you are in the area. The other stops were picturesque Horseshoe Canyon, HooDoos. Mine tour was interesting and instructive thanks to our guide Sean. Great day. Money well spent.

ELEANOR E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The tour took us to Horseshoe Canyon, Horse Thief Canyon, Atlas Coal Mine with a tour of the site, the Drumheller Hoodoos and the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
It was a great day tour - just the right number of things to see and do - remember to take your camera!
I got my lunch at the museum and still had time to look at each exhibition.

BarbP

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great visit! Tour operator was a great help

masavage48

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was very informative and interesting. The visit to the coal mine was a new experience for me and while I thought the tour guide at the mine was excellent, I felt that on the web site people should have been advised to wear proper footwear for such a visit.There were a few occasions where a person could have tripped or fallen and unsuitable footwear might have contributed to this. I personally would have been hesitant in taking small children for that reason but that would have been for the parents to decide.The stop at Horse Shoe Canyon was also worthwhile and the museum in Drumheller was as good as the publicity said it would be.The Badlands landscape formation was well described by our bus tour guide and stops for taking photos were appreciated. All in all, this tour was well worth the dollar value and time it took.

Rudolf G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had no idea there were so many dinosaur fossils in the badlands area. It was a most interesting tour. The Hoodoos were also a cool find.

Qinghua L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Well arranged educational tour with a professional tour guide.

Sabrina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I enjoyed this tour so much! Our tour guide Rey was very informative on our drive to Drumheller. The tour of Atlas Coal Mine was worth seeing. The Badlands were an absolute highlight of our trip. The Royal Tyrrell Museum turned out to be one of my favorite museums and there is a lovely trail to walk nearby.

kplehm87

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour! Bus arrived early and was clean and cool air-conditioned! The driver/host was very nice and quite knowledgeable about the area and all the sites that we visited. I enjoyed seeing the Horseshoe Canyon, the abandonned coal mine, the Hoodoos and, of course the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Unfortunately, we missed out on the star mine suspension bridge which I was looking forward to. Again, great tour, I would definitely recommend it.

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