3 reasons why dinosaur fans should visit Alberta

Alberta has a rich history that reaches back to the Jurassic era, making it one of the most interesting destinations to visit in all of North America. Its natural landscape is known for being rich with fossils, including dinosaur bones, so this is the ideal holiday destination for dinosaur fans! Here are a few reasons why:

Dinosaur Provincial Park

One of the most exciting places to visit in Alberta is the Dinosaur Provincial Park, located 48km from the city of Brooks. Step into another world as your explore the local Badlands – a prehistoric landscape that boasts unique coulee landscapes and hoodoo rock formations. The area is known for its rich deposits of fossils, including the many dinosaur bones that have been unearthed at the park. Alberta has just recently discovered a new species of dinosaur, the Regaliceratops peterhewsi (nicknamed ‘Hellboy’), which is part ofthe Ceratopsidae family, so there’s no better time to visit!

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Explore the natural landscape and camp under the stars as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is also home to several tours, theatrical performances, hiking and cycle trails, and paddling opportunities on the Red Deer River. You can even join in an authentic dig on the hunt for new dinosaurs, so don’t forget your camera!

Drumheller

Located in the Red Deer River valley, this is one of the most fun and unique Jurassic attractions in Alberta, as Drumheller is home to the world’s largest dinosaur! For 3 Canadian dollars visitors can climb this 75ft long Tyrannosaurs Rex and admire the view from inside its gaping mouth. What’s more, up to 12 visitors can sit in the mouth at one time, so this is a great family or group activity.

Drumheller

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

To learn even more about dinosaurs and their history in Alberta you can visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, which is home to a collection of over 130,000 fossils, which have been gathered from the province’s Badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site. It is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to palaeontology, so get your geek on with one of their fun and educational programs that aim to bring Canada’s prehistoric past to life. Spend anywhere from two hours to two days here – you won’t be short of things to learn!

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Kathryn Munro is Managing Director at Canadian Affair.

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