Head East! Adventures with Dinosaurs, Pottery, and History
Cool places to check out on the east side of the province!
This National and Provincial Historic Site sits 8 km southeast of Brooks. Standing as a monument to pioneer farmers who developed the region, the Brooks Aqueduct, which rises twenty meters above the parched prairie landscape, was constructed between 1913 and 1915 by the Canadian Pacific Railway’s irrigation division. Spanning a shallow 3.2 km wide valley, the Aqueduct stretched the limits of engineering design and technology, and, at the time, was the largest concrete structure of its kind in the world. Today, the site is a perfect spot for a picnic and unforgettable history lesson on early irrigation and agricultural development in Alberta.
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Home to one of the richest dinosaur fossil deposits on the planet (the remains of 40 different species of dinosaurs have been unearthed here thus far), Dinosaur Provincial Park is a prehistoric treasure trove, and as such was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Be amazed by the abundant fossils, unusual wildlife and stunning landscape. Explore badlands, camp under the stars or participate in an authentic dinosaur dig! Make sure to book your interpretive programs well ahead of your visit to this busy site which is located just northeast of Brooks!
Once the hub of pottery in western Canada, this historic factory now combines a unique museum, art gallery, and ceramic arts facility all conveniently in one location. Explore the beehive kilns and production areas where everything from fine china to rustic crock pots were created, browse the gallery where contemporary potters display their wares, and discover a part of Canadian history that has not received the attention that it deserves. For a special treat, drop in on a Thursday evening and partake in one of Medicine Hat’s most popular weekly events at the Market @ Medalta.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Straddling Alberta and Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park allows visitors the pleasure of gazing up at the clear night sky in one of North America’s largest Dark-Sky Preserves. In the daylight, explore over 150 km of hiking trails, brush up on your history at Fort Walsh, catch a fish at one of the stocked lakes, or channel your inner paleontologist at the T.rex Discovery Centre. Cypress Hills contains unique experiences and programs to satisfy the inquisitive mind and the active soul.
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