Travel Alberta

Canadian Badlands Route

5 days

This tour for history lovers introduces them to prehistoric dinosaurs, old west pioneers, dusty coal miners and wild cowboys on a tour of Calgary and southeastern Alberta. 

  • Calgary

    With realistic-looking dinosaurs, maverick cowboys and wild ten-day whoop-up each July, Calgary is a perfect place to start this historical tour of Alberta. 

    Canoing on Lake Louise
    Heritage Park Historical Village

    History buffs will love the museum's huge collection of antique cars and trucks. Then visitors can play on the antique midway, ride an authentic steam train and explore the historic buildings. This year mark's the Historical Village's 50th Anniversary! 

    Canoing on Lake Louise
    Calgary Zoo

    The prehistoric park's life-sized dinosaur models show what this land looked like when ancient beasts ruled and is a wonderful introduction to Alberta's rich fossil beds. 

    Glenbow Museum

    Recommend the Mavericks exhibit where visitors can learn about the risky adventures of Alberta's incorrigible founders through hands-on activities and over 700 artifacts. 

    Calgary Stampede

    This city-wide party celebrates Alberta's long history of ranching, cowboy culture and aboriginal heritage. The colourful First Nation's Village showcases five local tribes and is a perennial tourist favourite. 

    Overnight in Calgary 

  • Drumheller

    This drive moves from big blue skies and wide open golden prairies to the steep striped sandstone cliffs of the ancient Canadian Badlands. Calgary to Drumheller - 1.5 hours

    Horseshoe Canyon

    Schedule a trip to this busy viewpoint where your clients can appreciate the spectacular view of the badlands, hike trails and take a helicopter tour. Sunrise is especially stunning here. 

    Royal Tyrrell Museum

    Your clients can spend all day here exploring the hands-on exhibits, learning about fossils and taking a guided hike to look for dinosaur remains in the badlands. 

    Atlas Coal Mine

    Visitors uncover a long history of coal mining in the area by climbing a tall wooden tipple, walking through an underground mine and riding in a coal car. They might even meet a ghost or two along the way.

    Canadian Badlands Passion Play

    Each July, this huge production recreates ancient Jerusalem in a 2,500-seat natural outdoor amphitheatre. The three-hour play reenacts the life and death of Christ with a cast of hundreds of actors and musicians. 

    Rosebud Theatre

    Recommend a night out in this very tiny prairie town with a home-cooked dinner in the historic mercantile building and a show at the award-winning professional theatre. 

    Overnight in Drumheller 

  • To Medicine Hat via Dinosaur Provincial Park

    The drive from Drumheller to Medicine Hat travel across the otherworldly badlands landscape of high stone cliffs, deep windswept grooves and towering hoodoos. Drumheller to Medicine Hat - 3 hours 

    Dinosaur Provincial Park

    This park is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the richest bone beds in the world. Your clients will want to reserve spots for the park's popular fossil discovery programs. 

    Digging & Bus Tours

    Your clients can explore this lunar-like landscape on a guided fossil hunt, a bus tour or by hiking one of the rocky trails. 


    Recommend a night of comfort camping in a heated canvas tent with a wood floor, beds and a gas BBQ on the deck. 

    Or overnight in Medicine Hat 

  • Medicine Hat

    This city's history is built on the plentiful natural gas and red clay that resides underground. Your clients will discover the city at the centre of Canada's early manufacturing sector. 

    Medalta in the Historic Clay District

    Medalta pottery was once a staple in every Canadian home. Visitors learn all about the industrial boom, step inside a big beehive kiln and take cooking workshops using the sturdy crockery. 

    An iconic product of this region, the Medalta stamp cannot be denied as one of the pre-eminent luxury items shipped from Canada, along with beaver pelts, to Kings and Queens around the world. 

    Medicine Hat Art Walk

    Visitors can explore six art galleries including the big Esplanade arts complex that hosts international art and local history exhibits. 

    Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

    Tucked in the southwest corner of the province, these lush forested hills are in stark contrast with the dry flat prairie around them. Visitors hike the woodland trails, watch for abundant wildlife and swim or paddle the clear cool lake. 

    Book a comfy cabin for the evening or transfer to Calgary to overnight 

  • Calgary

    Encourage your clients to continue to explore Calgary and area for their final day in the province, prior to their departure from Calgary's International Airport.