Where to Travel with your Dinosaur Fans
Hello friends! As a mom of boys I can swear to you that their love of cars, trucks and dinosaurs is imprinted on males from the time of birth. Dinosaurs are so much fun when you are a kid and as you get older, they become even more fascinating. So where do you take your children to feed that prehistoric love? The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. See what all the fun is about plus watch our YouTube vlog!
The Canadian Badlands
First of all, let me say that the Badlands are pretty BA. The Canadian Badlands is a region in Alberta famous for fossils, unearthed at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dinosaur Provincial Park. It’s about an hour and a half drive east of Calgary through the beautiful flat prairie landscape. You’ll know when you’ve arrived in Drumheller when the terrain changes dramatically into huge Hoodoos and ravines. It won’t even feel like Canada anymore. The town is adorable and embraces their dinosaur pride, even boasting the World’s Largest Dinosaur at the Tourism Information Centre. You won’t be able to miss it and if you’ve got the energy, you can climb to the top for a small fee. It’s the perfect introduction to a day devoted to dinosaurs!
The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is just past the town of Drumheller, situated in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation. There are ten galleries featuring 40 dinosaur skeletons and over 111,000 fossils, it’s any dinosaur fan’s dream! The skeletons are incredible and it’s pretty amazing to think you are standing in the actual location where they were found. My personal favourites were the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Albertosaurus. There is so much to see and learn about paleontology and you can walk this museum at your own pace. Watch our experience below!
My boys were still a little young to appreciate all the interesting information that there was to learn about. My husband and I were wanting to stop and read everything which proved difficult while trying to chase two very excited kids. Give yourself 2-3 hours to enjoy this museum and even more if your children’s patience will allow for it. An adult admission will cost you $18 and kids under 6 are free, check their website for hours and directions.
Horse Thief Canyon
Now if you’ve come all this way, don’t forget to stop and admire the mysterious hoodoo formations. Get back in your car and keep driving past the museum. About ten minutes down the road, you’ll see the sign for Horse Thief Canyon. It’s well worth it for your whole family to get out have a look around. Just be mindful that it is quite a steep area around the canyon! If you’re visiting in the warmer summer months you can play at their playground, or check out this site for great information on hiking in the Badlands.