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Our Trip to Drumheller and Banff in Alberta(1991)

In the same trip see also: Idaho and Washington State, USA - Vancouver BC - Victoria BC - Tofino - Long Beach, BC
This was our first stop during our honeymoon. My sister Lidia Costa also came with us. We went later to Banff. We visited some displays in Drumheller, plenty of dinosaur bones, they have major museums, one of them is the Tyrell Museum. There were replicas of some dinosaurs. The museum is the only one dealing exclusively with paleonthology. Lidia did not believe the bones were from real animals. We also bougth some fossilized feces of dinosaurs. We had a good laugh about it.

One of the highlights was our trip to the Hoodoo trail 25 km south east of town. The sandstone pillars were truly spectacular. I realise now that we should not have climb on them because of the erosion. There was also an area where they had built all sorts of plastic dinosaurs. I was looking in the internet to see if I coud find the place where they were located but I could not find it. I think they they may have been taken away.

We also visited the Bison Trail. You have the opportunity of viewing a herd of buffalos. (It use to be on Verdant Valley Road, 7 km of Drumheller).

Overnight we stayed at the Shady Grove Campground near the Red Deer river. Next we went to Idaho and Washington State, USA

Useful Information about Drumheller
The weather in the summer is usually hot and dry. For more specific information about the temperature visit the Weather Network Drumheller. The address or location of the Hoodoos is 16 km east of Drumheller. Distances from Drumheller from Calgary 137km - 1h 30 min drive, Edmonton 274km - 3 hours drive, Saskatoon 478km - 5 hours drive, Red Deer 163km - 1h 45 minutes. There are many museums downtown and a few out of town. The most famous is the Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology, you also have the Valley Doll Museum, the Badlands Historical Center, East Coulee School Museum, the Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery there is also the World's Largest dino downtown, 86 feet tall. PLEASE NOTE the DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK is 2 hours and 10 minutes away from Drumheller, 48 km northeast of Brooks. It's not in Drumheller. There are about seven main hotels in town. Super 8 (pool waterslide), (Ramada pool waterslide) those two hotels are good for families with kids, Travelogue, Canalta etc. There are about seven main campgrouds around Drumheller. If you want to splash and there is no pool in your hotel you can go to the Aquaplex in town it's open all year with an indoor and outdoor pool. The Red Deer River is a wonderful place to canoe, kayak or float lazily. The water is very clean, I would not be too afraid to swim in it, in most places. You can see the fish in the bottom. I fish there but did not catch anything. As a family we started in Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. It was about a 60 km kayak trip if I recall. We camped along the way, great journey beautiful valley.

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Drumheller Valley
Drumheller Valley

Standing on a Hoodoo. Not recommended.
Standing on a Hoodoo. Not recommended.
I did not know better back then

Lidia and Tara surrounded by the Hoodoos
Lidia and Tara surrounded by the Hoodoos

Close-up of Tara Candido on top of a Hoodoo
Close-up of Tara on top of a Hoodoo

Tara and Lidia standing beside a replica of a dino
Tara and Lidia standing beside a replica of a dino near Drumheller

Lidia and Tara in front of a buffalo farm 7km from Drumheller
Lidia and Tara in front of a buffalo farm 7km from Drumheller

Animals, elk, can be seen everywhere in Banff
Animals can be seen everywhere in Banff




Small lake near Banff.


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Buffalo Trail Tour, a bison
Buffalo Trail Tour, a bison

Buffalo farm near Drumheller
Buffalo farm near Drumheller

Tara and Lidia on top of  a small dinosaur
Tara and Lidia on top of a small dinosaur

People look pretty small beside those giants of the past
People look pretty small beside those giants of the past

A Diplodocus
Diplodocus

Jesus Statue on a hill, near Drumheller
Jesus Statue on a hill, near Drumheller

Eroded hills in Drumheller
Eroded hills in Drumheller

Tara standing near a dino, those may have been taken away
Tara standing near a dino, those may have been taken away

Being silly
Being silly

Ladies by the dinos
Ladies by the dinos