Alberta has six Natural Regions – Boreal Forest, Canadian Shield, Foothills, Grassland, Parkland and Rocky Mountains. Badlands is a part of the praries which was created due to the glacial erosion.
The term Bad land was given by French explorers who due to its formations said “Bad land to cross”. The land that is a geological and geographical wonder due to its land formations. The land formations that is dramatic due to its deep winding gullies and rock formations is a sight to behold.
Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 meters tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged. The protected Hoodoos site at Drumheller and Writing on the stone Provincial park is a guaranteed spot to see Hoodoos but smaller versions of these sandstone giants can be found all over the Badlands. The hoodos trail takes us to the protected site.
Drumheller also is dinosaur capital of the world. One can find the fossils at Dinosaur provincial park and Royal Tyrell museum gives enough information on the dinosaurs. It was the site that had most fossils of Dinosaurs found. 20 types of dinosaurs were found here.
It boasts the worlds largest Dinosaur with the following fun facts:86 ft (25 meters) tall
106 stairs to climb to the top
12 People can fit in the mouth at a time
4.5 times bigger than a real T-Rex
151 feet (meters) long
65 tonnes (145,000 lbs) in weight
She’s a female
She cost $1,065,000.00 to build
The city originally was famous for its coal mining. The Atlas coal mine is one of the oldest mines. The star mine suspension bridge is one of the bridge that was built for the workers to cross the Red Deer river. Its now the tourist destination.
We crossed drove across the region and then crossed the river through the ferry. The Bleriot Ferry is one of only seven ferries operational in Alberta today and serves as one of the tourist attractions in the Drumheller valley.
On the return we then visit the Horse thief Canyon. The canyons are gigantic. The name of the canyon says its history.
We will have to be back here to explore few hikes. Went with family who had challenges to walk so this was more like a tour to the town. In 8 years we have just been here once. This day trip was done on 4th of July 2019. There was some emergency at work and I was working while enjoying these views. Perks of being a consultant.
We get sucked into mountain so much that at times we forget about such geological wonder which is not too far from Calgary.This regions is rich in natural, geological and heritage history. This region in summer is real hot due to the lack of trees and mountains. When wet the canyons and hoodoos can be slippery. One thing is sure that the only constant in the region is its ever changing formations. The force of weather be it wind, rain or glaciers; one can witness it here.