Drumheller, AB

Drumheller is the Dinosaur Capital of the World

 

Drumheller has been the filming location for more than 50 commercials, television and cinematic productions. Located at the Red Deer river on Highway 9, Drumheller is home to the world’s largest dinosaur, a 26.2 metres high (86 feet) fiberglass Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Drumheller is also home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, a museum that hosts Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils.

There is nowhere quite like the Drumheller Valley!

In the heart of the Canadian Badlands in Southern Alberta, the Drumheller Valley offers visitors a unique combination of spectacular scenery and interesting things to do. Within easy driving distance of Banff, Calgary or Red Deer, a few hours on good all-weather highways will take you into another world – the world of startling contrasts between the deep past and the exciting present.
Rolling fields suddenly give way to steep, dry coulees ridged with the strata of hundreds of years of erosion by time, wind and water. Through it all, the tranquil Red Deer River gently makes its way through parkland and myriad of recreational opportunities.
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Bleriot Ferry – over 100 years old!

The Bleriot Ferry, which is an integral part of the Dinosaur Trail on Alberta Highway 838 has been operating now for 100 years, having been started by Andre Bleriot sometime in 1912.

The Bleriot Ferry continues to be an important link for area residents, and today, an even more important tourist attraction. The current ferry was commissioned in June of 1997, and was designed by Navel Architects Brandlymr Marine.

 

The current ferry is 27.6 meters in length and is 10.36 meters wide. The ferry weights 115 tonnes (230,000 lbs) and can accommodate 50 passengers and one crew member. It has a load capacity of 62.5 tonnes (137,800 lbs) and can take a single vehicle up to 25 meters in length. It now takes just one minute and 22 seconds to cross at high speed. In an average year, the ferry accommodates 83,500 passengers and 28,500 vehicles.

The Ferry is one of just 7 operating ferries in Alberta. Starland County is proud to acknowledge the innovation of Andre Bleriot, and the hard work of local residents since who kept this important historical link alive and well.

Accommodations

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Ramada Drumheller

Recipient Of The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Located Within Drumheller, Green and Eco-Friendly and 3 Green Key Certification Rating With Free Breakfast. Start at our Ramada Drumheller Hotel and Suites near Royal Tyrrell Museum. Located 77 miles north of Calgary, our Drumheller hotel offers a wide array of restaurants, nightlife and outdoor activity in the nearby Badlands.

(403) 823-2028

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Rosedeer Hotel and Campground

It is only a 10 minute drive from our start line at the Community Centre and there is seven rooms on hold for GFB participants. Cost is on the website.

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Super 8 Drumheller

Recipient Of  TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Close to Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumhellers Hoodoo Trail, Historical Atlas Coal Mine and Restaurants. Super 8 Drumheller hotel is located off Highway 10, close to downtown Drumheller and blocks from popular area attractions like the World’s Largest Dinosaur.

(403) 823-8887

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Canalta Jurassic Dumheller

Whether you are here to visit the world class Tyrell Natural history museum, or to check out the sweeping beauty of the badlands, The Canalta Jurassic has all the down home touches you have come to expect from a Canalta Hotel. Relax in our signature Canalta Dream Beds and start your day off right with an in room coffee maker, and a complimentary continental breakfast.

(403) 823-7700

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Quality Hotel in Drumheller, CN

Conveniently located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, the Quality Hotel® in Drumheller, CN offers visitors a unique combination of spectacular scenery and interesting things to do. Guests of the Quality Hotel are invited to work out in the exercise room, take care of business needs in the Business Center and utilize free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms and throughout the facility.

All guest rooms offer a flat-screen television with cable, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Some rooms feature kitchen facilities, a desk, balcony and whirlpool.

This is a pet-friendly hotel, with four-legged friends allowed to stay for a fee.

(403) 856-4444

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Heartwood Inn & Spa

Conveniently located on the edge of downtown Drumheller, the heart of the Canadian Badlands. Consistently rated #1 on Trip Advisor, the Heartwood is the choice Drumheller accommodation for couples, groups and families wanting a more intimate setting away from busy, impersonal Drumheller hotels and motels. While most accommodations in Drumheller offer standard hotel rooms, the Heartwood has eight uniquely-designed guest rooms- some with inviting jetted tubs for two or an over-sized walk-in shower may be more your style.

1-888-823-6495