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From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

1. From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

Visit Drumheller on this full-day guided excursion. Explore rugged canyonlands and get up close and personal with fossils and monolithic hoodoo rock formations. After meeting with your guide, depart from Calgary and ride out to Dinosaur Valley. Listen to tales about the incredible array of species that have been unearthed there. When you arrive, head to the visitor center to check out fossils and artifacts gathered from more than 40 species of dinosaurs discovered nearby. Consider expanding your knowledge of prehistoric life and creatures with an optional visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Then, proceed to Horseshoe Canyon, where the Red Deer River makes a U-turn in steep, stratified canyons. Further down the river, cross and stop at the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and hear about the coal workers who built it in 1931. Cap off your day with up-close looks at the area's towering hoodoo rock formations worn into columns over hundreds of years.

Drumheller: Smartphone Audio Ghost Tour

2. Drumheller: Smartphone Audio Ghost Tour

If Hoodoos and dinosaurs aren’t enough to fill Alberta’s Drumheller with bone-chilling excitement, how about adding hauntings and spirits to the mix? It seems they’re here, too and from the sounds of things, they’re not being shy about it! Your 2.5 km ghostly tour starts and ends in downtown Drumheller. As you tip-toe around this spooky town full of unimaginable rock formations and dinosaur tales, we'll point out old buildings and tell you about the lost souls that remain within. With his permission, Lothar Malmberg’s book, “Drumheller Ghost Walk” has been the source of much of the information for this tour. As a matter of fact, things are often so mystical in these parts, that with a little imagination, you might even begin to question whether the thin line between "what is" and "what once was" even exists here. Hear the interesting ghostly stories behind the final resting place of spirits at the Drumheller Cemetery, and the residents who never left home at the Johnston House. Why the ghost of the Haunted Spa never left and the strange orbs at 3rd Avenue Arts. As you walk along you’ll hear haunted tales involving the Atlas Coal Mine and the mining industry, both real-life and paranormal. We’ll tell you some of the popular legends behind the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and it’s tragedy, the Spanish Flu and how the Water Tower became “ghostly”. Take in beautiful, historical buildings and hear of the shadowy paranormal figures still allegedly there at the Miner’s Memorial Hall, Cactus Jacks Saloon at the Waldorf Hotel, the Last Chance Saloon and it’s haunted Rosedeer Hotel. Discover the strange and popular legend of Chucky at the Valley Doll Museum, the Legion Hall's giggling ghost and the popular tale of a ghost family with A Woman, a Child and a Grumpy Man. Hear about the tragedies and spooky tales at the East Coulee School Museum and what paranormal investigators found. And finally, the last stop is the Central School, now home to the Drumheller Community Church, where ghosts have been seen from as early as 1920!

From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

3. From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

After departing from Calgary, your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with the stunning views of the valley. Continue to the Hoodoos, where you will hop off the vehicle to enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations. Walk amongst these imposing structures.  Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, you ride an antique train and explore the mine on the underground tour. Stop for lunch at the old East Coulee School Museum for some great food and some rest before continuing the journey.  Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

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What people are saying about Drumheller

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

We appreciated David who listened to the group. He gave us lots of information during the trip. There is no landscape like in Drumheller it feels like on the moon. We really enjoyed the Tyrrell museum. Entrance fees are extra and the visit is autonomous. We were with the Calgary Tour. The tour was in English and Chinese. We recommend.