A Family Fun Day in Drumheller, AB
Secret: Sunset at Horseshoe Canyon
Photo credit to Abraham Almaouie Instagram Handle: @Abraham_Almaouie
Horseshoe Canyon can be best described as a surprising “pocket” of Badlands right in the midst of the prairies. Located approximately 17 km west of Drumheller, AB along Highway 9, the canyon’s name stems from its obvious horseshoe which is defined by two coulees that flow into the Kneehill Creek. Although easily accessible and experienced by many, the secret is waiting for the sunset. If you want a true intimate badlands experience, bask in the final warmth of the sun as it descends over these unique sandstone formations.
BEFORE ending your day at Horseshoe Canyon, rewind yourself back to the start of the day by taking in what Drumheller has to offer with this sample itinerary below:
11:00 AM- See the World’s Largest Dinosaur (60—1 Avenue West)
Visit Drumheller’s visitor information centre and climb inside a giant T-Rex. In about a 5 minute walk, you will be 86 feet high in the mouth of the World’s Largest Dinosaur and will see the view behind her pearly whites!
12:30 PM- Visit Royal Tyrrell Museum (1500 North Dinosaur Trail)
This is a world-reknowned palaeontological research facility with over 130,000 fossils! The Museum offers a variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that add an entirely new dimension to the Drumheller Valley experience. Visitors of all ages can touch real fossils, dig in a quarry, hike the badlands, or make a fossil cast.
3:00 PM- Atlas Coal Mine (110 Century Drive West, East Coulee, AB)
Venture underground and walk the path of the miners up through a 210 foot conveyor tunnel. Wander through an intact historic landscape in a stunning badlands setting. Hear the stories of the men who dug for coal. Jump aboard their 1936 mine locomotive and rumble down the tracks!
5:30 PM- Bernie & the Boys Bistro for burgers (305 – 4 Street West)
Featured on “You Gotta Eat Here” with RAVING reviews on Trip Advisor & Yelp- you just GOTTA try it!
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