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Fossil Finding in Drumheller, AB

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 by in Canada | 0 comments

The little city of Drumheller in Alberta Canada hides  very big secrets. In fact, these secrets are so large, they were hidden from human view for millions of years. Drumheller is the dinosaur fossil capital of Canada, where thousands of fossils have been recovered from sites since the turn of the century. You may have seen dinosaur bones and animated figures from Hollywood and Science channels, but the experience is totally unreal once you are the one who find fossils for yourself.

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Fossil Finding a Natural Tourist Attraction

Fossil finding has become a tourist attraction in Drumheller, bringing in thousands of visitors every year. This town is located 81 miles northeast of Calgary. Geographically, Drumheller is known for its diverse badlands, where fossils are uniquely preserved thanks to the temperature and conditions in this Valley. People can take tours of the fossil plains, and be guided by Paleontologists. The experts will teach you how to identify fossils, and even take you onsite of where the most rich diggings have been conducted.

Armed only with a brush and a scalpel, you will know the delicate process of unearthing fossilized dinosaurs and other prehistoric life forms.


Finding Drumheller Dinosaur Bones

It is indescribable when you experience the moment you find your first piece of Dinosaur fossil. Here, you hold a piece of a once-living creature that inhabited the planet MILLIONS of years ago. For most people, it is unfathomable to think that such intelligent creatures lived before man, touching on issues such as creation and evolution.

You can take it home as a souvenir, and even frame your first fossil find. This is a very rare opportunity because there are very select places in the world blessed with dinosaur fossils, and Drumheller Alberta is one of them. This is also one of the sites in the world that produces massive output in terms of fossil finds, which means that this place is a thriving place for dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.

Such rich deposits of dinosaur fossils in Drumheller Alberta is a possibility that occurs in one in a million sites in the world.

Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology

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If finding fossils under the heat of the sun is not one of your better talents, you can always visit the different Paleontology Museums found in this city. The Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology is unique, being a word-class museum for some of the rarest dinosaur fossils. These fossils have been preserved, arranged, and painstakingly pieced together for you to get a glimpse and idea just how REAL dinosaurs are, though separated by time.

The Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology allows you to witness creatures that seem larger than life. You will not believe how nature allowed such giants to thrive among its badlands millions of years before, leaving you to question your purpose on earth, face to face with these magnificent monsters millions of years before.

Badlands Tours

Take a badlands tours when you visit Drumheller. These are half-day guided tours to one of the most magnificent landscapes this side of Canada. Witness the spectacular valley in as you engage in fossil hunting, buffalo hayrides, and camping on the site where you can roast and grill steaks and potatoes right in the middle of a vast expanse of badlands.

The Drumheller Badlands tours is one of the most uplifting human experience you will ever have, against the backdrop of everything huge, you will realize how tiny you are in the whole universe. Contrast your existence to the geological clock, and you will even see how small and fetal human existence is compared to the dinosaurs.


Attractions in Drumheller

Here are some of the other attractions that are also worth visiting in Drumheller. Never miss a chance to visit one of these places when you are in town.

Drunheller Hoodoos

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Hoodoos are natural rock formations quite similar to the Grand Canyon, only these are more elliptical and smoother in shape. The rocks form majestic towers cared out by the wind, and they display some of the most magnificent colors that are best viewed during sunrise and sunset.

Atlas Coal Mine

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This is one of the most historic sites in Canada. This site is the last wooden triple mine that dates back a hundred years and more. You can take a ride in one of the antique mining cars, and hear the stories of the hard and difficult days when residents depended on coal for sustenance.

The Worlds Largest Dinosaur


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This replica of a T-Rex is actually five times larger than the real thing, but is still quite an attraction. Climb the steps up to the jaws of this monster, and witness the most magnificent view of the Valley 80 feet above ground. The Worlds Largest Dinosaur is made of steel, standing 86 feet tall, and 151 feet long. The best photos are captured with you waving from inside its mouth!

Fossil World Discovery Center

Your kids will love this center where dinosaurs come alive with the help of animatronics. They also have a Dino Cinema, Real Fossil Exhibits, Displays of Meteorites, Minerals, Whooly Mammoth Tusks, Fish Fossils, and even Dinosaur Eggs. The Fossil World Discovery Center is also hailed as having one of the best specimens in real dinosaur fossils. Its prime feature is a 7-meter high T-Rex that is equipped with full-motion animatronics technology.

There are many things to do in Drumheller aside from hunting down fossil bones. The city is replete with activities relating to dinosaurs, and they have entire restaurants and shops dedicated to selling replicas and even minor fossils to visitors.

You can come with your family and have a once in a lifetime adventure here in Drumheller, and experience the long forgotten world of dinosaurs past. The prehistoric times will never fail to elicit wonder and awe to every person who comes across it in close encounters just like in Drumheller Alberta. From Badlands, to Hoodoos, to real dinosaur fossils, this trip is absolutely worth every penny spent.

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