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Drumheller
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Drumheller Valley which includes landscape views, a gorge or canyon and tranquil scenes

Otherworldly landscapes, dinosaur fossils and historic mining towns make this valley a haven for paleontologists, geologists and filmmakers.

The town of Drumheller and its surrounding valley offers plenty of adventure; it’s where you can hike through towering sandstone “hoodoo” rocks, learn about the lives of the coal miners who originally settled here and stand within the jaws of the world’s largest dinosaur.

The Drumheller Valley has attracted paleontologists since the first dinosaur skull was unearthed here in the 1880s. Since then, the town, just 90-minutes’ drive from Calgary, has amassed an incredible collection of fossils, earning it the title “Dinosaur Capital of the World.” Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum to examine an expansive collection of fossils from the beginning of life on Earth to the Ice Age. Hands-on activities such as interactive displays, excavations and guided hikes make this a thrilling attraction for the whole family.

For a view with a difference, climb the 106 steps to the head of the World’s Tallest Dinosaur. Look out from its snarling mouth at the town and the cascading Red Deer River below.

Drumheller was originally a coal-mining town. The lives of the pioneers and miners who lived here are on display at several museums in and around the town. See a two-headed calf and an entire house bought from a 1919 catalogue at the Homestead Antique Museum. Get insight into the lives of miners’ children at the picturesque East Coulee School Museum in the mining ghost town of Coulee.

The valley is also a place of geological importance. Pull on your hiking boots and wander through canyons of otherworldly “hoodoos.” These sandstone pillars with large mushroom-like caps dot the Canadian Badlands, and have been filmed over and over by movie makers from around the world. Several Hollywood stars have worked in this eerie landscape, from Clint Eastwood in the 1992 film Unforgiven to Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man (1970).

Each July, hundreds of Albertan actors and volunteers converge on the town to stage a three-hour Passion Play in an outdoor amphitheater before thousands of visitors from all over the world.

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Drumheller
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Drumheller
2.5 out of 5
600-680 2nd Street SE, Highway 10 and 2nd Street, Drumheller, AB
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $129 per night from May 15 to May 15
Located in the heart of Drumheller, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from World's Largest Dinosaur and within 3 mi (5 km) of Canadian Badlands Passion ...
4.1/5Very Good! (90 reviews)
"Even though we were late for breakfast, the woman at the counter filled 2 bags for us. Great service, comfortable beds and the pool was open. The Hot tub was actually hot!"

Reviewed on Apr. 7, 2021

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Drumheller
Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller Hotel & Suites
Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
680 2nd Street Se, Follow Hwy 9, Drumheller, AB
The price is CA $144 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in Drumheller, this eco-friendly hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from World's Largest Dinosaur and within 6 mi (10 km) of Homestead Antique Museum and Midland ...
4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
"Incredibly friendly staff, fantastic pool and tasty breakfast."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller Hotel & Suites
Quality Hotel
Quality Hotel
2.5 out of 5
100 6th Ave SE, Drumheller, AB
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $109 per night from May 15 to May 15
Located in the heart of Drumheller, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Low Left Indoor Golf Experience, Valley Doll Museum, and Jurassic Laser Tag & Arcades. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (921 reviews)
"The property is a little dated (retro 1980's feel) but otherwise it was acceptable. 3 stars at best. But the staff is welcoming and friendly."

Reviewed on Apr. 3, 2021

Quality Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Whispering Pines Cabin w/ Pool, Lake & Golf Access
Whispering Pines Cabin w/ Pool, Lake & Golf Access
Pine Lake, AB
Situated in Pine Lake, this cabin is within 25 mi (40 km) of Kin Kanyon Park, City Hall Park, and Westerner Park. Red Deer College and Discovery Wildlife Park ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Beautiful!
"Our stay at Melissa and Mikes home was lovely. The home is set up beautifully. The king bed is very comfortable. The cabin is situated at a great spot on the golf course. The scenery is very pretty."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Whispering Pines Cabin w/ Pool, Lake & Golf Access
Lovely Cabin at Whispering Pines Golf Course on Pine Lake, Alberta
Lovely Cabin at Whispering Pines Golf Course on Pine Lake, Alberta
Pine Lake, AB
Situated in Pine Lake, this golf cabin is within 32 mi (52 km) of Kin Kanyon Park, Red Deer College, and City Hall Park. Westerner Park and Discovery Wildlife ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Relaxing stay
"Wonderful unit. All amenities of home except cable and wifi, but we did not miss for the week we were there. View of golf course , Pool was enjoyed by us and grandchildren Good restaurant with view of lake!"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2020

Lovely Cabin at Whispering Pines Golf Course on Pine Lake, Alberta
Private 7 Bedroom Mansion Built For Entertaining
Private 7 Bedroom Mansion Built For Entertaining
Carbon, AB
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly vacation home is within 25 mi (40 km) of Town Office Of Three Hills, Three Hills Aquatic Centre, and Jurassic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Fantastic Rental & Experience
"Thoroughly enjoyed every part about this property! Property managers were nothing short of fantastic to deal with! They checked in with us upon arrival to see if everything was to our liking. They were wonderful, gracious hosts! The house was spacious and had enough room to fully accommodate our ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 6, 2021

Private 7 Bedroom Mansion Built For Entertaining
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Drumheller

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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 21, 2020

It's QUIET in the winter time. Busy busy in the summer

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 18, 2019

We didn't know about the downtown tree lighting and street festival. We saw it as we drove by. Was a wonderful! The fire barrels, the horse and buggy ride....we will definitely try to come back next year!

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2019

Cool!

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 1, 2019

Restaurants close too early in Drumheller.

4/5 - Good

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Sep 30, 2019

It was quite but friendly and there are a fair amount of things to see in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 25, 2019

Nice little town with lots of small town charm. The museum was very cool.

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