Dinosaur Provincial Park
is home to one of Canada’s most stunning and unique landscapes. A visit will make you feel like you are stepping into another world, a world where dinosaurs ruled the earth.
You won’t see any ancient creatures roaming the badlands today, but if you’re lucky, you may discover a fossil, as the park is one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world. Forty dinosaur species have been discovered in the park, dating back some 75 million years!
The natural beauty of the barren landscape coinciding with excellent opportunities for paleontology, secured Dinosaur Provincial Park a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.
What to See and Do
– The Dinosaur Provincial Park Visitor Centre: Here, you can take part in interactive exhibits about dinosaurs, fossils and learn about the geology of the park
– Visit John Ware’s Cabin: Near the visitor centre is a restored cabin that was used in the early 20th century by John Ware, an important figure in Alberta’s ranching history. The cabin is only open to visitors on select days in the summer.
– Take part in a Dinosaur Dig: The Guided Excavation Program is a paid program (ages 14 and up) that will give you the opportunity to participate in an authentic palaeontological excavation. These programs begin May long weekend and run until mid-October.
– Go Hiking: Much of the park is restricted to the paleontologists in order to protect the natural preserve. The park however does have many interpretive programs available, including guided hikes. They are a great way to experience the park’s landscape and learn about the fossils and wildlife. There are also five self-guided hiking trails available for exploration. Just make sure you don’t dig or remove any fossils, as this is strictly against park rules.
– Camp Out: The Campground at Dinosaur Provincial Park is open year round, offering both serviced and un-serviced sites.
– Dinosaur Provincial Park is situated in the valley of the Red Deer River, Alberta.
– It’s about 220 kilometers southeast of Calgary and 48 kilometers northeast of the town of Brooks.
– From Calgary, take Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) and follow the signs.
This article written by Rhonda Krause of Travel? Yes Please!