More bunnies than dinosaurs

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Dinosaur Trail RV Park

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Midday temp: 19C

It's our second day in Drumheller and it was a little cool in the morning, 12C with a light wind but by noon it was up to 19C. We started the day driving the scenic loop road that includes the North Dinosaur Trail and the South Dinosaur Trail. The roads follow both sides of the Red Deer River and are connected by a cable operated ferry at Bleriot. The roads are very scenic with incredible views of the badlands, from mountain tops to the valley floor. This drive also took us to Horse Thief Canyon where folklore has it that horses entering the canyon with one brand turned up on the other side with a different brand, hence the Horse Thief Canyon name.

Then we visited the visitor information centre in Drumheller. Outside this centre is the world’s largest dinosaur, a man made 29 m tall sculpture of T Rex and you can climb inside it to its mouth, which we did. Then on to the 117 m long suspension bridge which was originally built by coal miners in the 1930s to access mines across the river. There were lots of people on the bridge and on the river banks fishing for gold eye, which one fisherman told me is 'good eating if you are a good cook’. We then visited a hoodoo site and the town of Wayne situated at the end of a 6 km road that has 11 plank based bridges. The town had its heyday during the coal mining years with a population of 2490 but now has a population of 27.  Wayne is sometimes referred to as a ghost town, which the inhabitants detest. The only business we could see was the Last Chance Saloon so we stopped there for lunch. Built in 1913, it’s full of character including the framing of 3 bullet holes, the result of 3 patrons refusing to pay their bills. (The guns were aimed above their heads.) Apparently this site has been used in movies, music videos, and an episode of Canadian Pickers.

After lunch we decided it was time to head to the Royal Tyrell Museum. Today was family day in Alberta so it was free admission, which was very nice. The museum has Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils and although the fossils are predominantly from this area there was a fossilized tree stump and lizard from NS.

Then back to our campsite and a walk around the campground. We spoke to one of the workers and he stated that there are around 1000 rabbits over the property. We believed him when we were eating supper and the rabbits were crowded around our feet. I think they are attracted to us because the campground closes tomorrow and there are not many campers here.
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Judy B on

The Royal Tyrell is an amazing place! It took us at least 3 hours if not more to walk through and read each display. And the hoodoos were amazing as well. Such interesting geography when you go west!

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