Day 5: Pincher Creek to Drumheller

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
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Trip End Jul 05, 2012

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

On Day 5 of the roadtrip, I travelled from Pincher Creek to Drumheller, Alberta.

Pincher Creek to Ft MacLeod
Up early and straight to Fort MacLeod to another National Historic Site of Canada.  The Fort Museum brings to life the story of Canada's famous Mounted Police force through demonstrations, hands-on programs and interactive exhibits. Be sure to also catch the Musical Ride [see pictures]. The entrance fee is $12 per person.

Ft MacLeod to Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump
A 20 minute drive from Fort MacLeod is Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump - another National Historic Site of Canada.  Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump is one of the oldest and best preserved buffalo jump sites in North America.  You should spend about an hour in their interpretive centre where you will learn about the techniques used in a buffalo hunt and the customs of the Plains People. The entrance fee is $9 per person. 

** NOTE:  On Wednesday's there is drumming and dancing on the Plaza at 11am & 1:30pm.  Thie Celebration of Dancing and Drumming is a MUST SEE. 



Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump to Rosebud
Leaving the the intense cultural experience at Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump, from a recommendation in one of the brochures I had, I took a little side trip off the main road to visit the town of Rosebud.  This picturesque cute town is home to a performance theatre and is known for its quality productions. If you are driving through the area, make sure to make a quick stop in Rosebud.

Rosebud to Drumheller
When in Drumheller, you know you have entered a town Dinosaurs founded. I would recommend embracing it and soak in as much as you can. The first stop should be to the Tourist Information Centre at the feet of the giant dinosaur. It can be seen virtually anywhere in town. I found the staff very informative and helpful.  On recommendation from a family member, I had dinner at Athens Greek Restaurant (71 Bridge Street). My lamb souvlaki dinner was $23 and tsatziki appetizer was $9.95.  The food was very good.


Highlights:

1.  Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump  http://www.history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/default.aspx

2.  North West Mounted Police Museum

The Centennial Building provides a glimpse into traditional First Nations culture. Pay careful attention to the pictures on the wall. They are true art.

3.  Mountain Views

On your drive to Drumheller, the view to the left out the car window is stunning.  In the distance, you can see the Rocky Mountains and it is a unique view.

4.  The Hoo Doos

Standing 5-6m tall, Hoo Doos take millions of years to form. They are sandstone pillars that stand on a thick base of shale and are capped by a large stone. They make for great photographs. I have provided a number of pictures in the gallery. They are free to view and are located about 15 minutes outside of Drumheller.





5.  Horsethief Canyon

Horsethief Canyon offers some of the best Badlands scenery in Canada. Looking into the canyon you will see coulees, ancient bone beds and various Badlands wildlife species. Surrounding the canyon are brilliant yellow canola fields spotted with giant rocking pump jacks. Admire the scenery from the viewpoint or hike into the canyon basin for a closer look.
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