A Journey into the past: Drumheller, AB
Our journey started in the early morning when the cab pulled up to take us to the airport. Half a sleep we made it to the airport thirty to forty minutes before our flight. After security and settling into our seats we were ready to begin our adventure.
Arriving in Calgary we rented an SUV to get us to Drumheller, AB.
The terrain was unlike any place we have ever seen. Once the largest coal producer and now second largest gas deposit in Alberta, Drumheller is around 110 square kilometers with a population of about 8,000 people.
Climbing up the stairs inside of an 86 foot tall T-rex was exciting. The view from the mouth of this huge dino was incredible.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum
is a must see for any explorer with paleontology interests. The museum is modern and has many interactive features for kids (adults too). The gift shop has reasonably priced items with a large selection. However, don’t forget the retailers in the area who also sell a wide variety of fossils and minerals. Our little guy enjoyed the Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Centre
with the fossil dig and climbing wall. Two other places to see in Drumheller are the Hoodoos and Alta Mine. The Hoodoos are naturally occurring rock formations as seen here Hoodoo
. The Alta Mine and suspension bridge as also fun to see.
The next day we drove down into Montana, USA and toured through Glacier National Park. An amazing park where wildlife is all around. Upon entering into the park we spotted a fox carrying a meal for the evening (squirrel) in his mouth. We also saw a couple of white mountain goats. The Going-to-the-sun road was very interesting and a challenge at times to navigate. Another place we visited while in the area was Whitefish mountain for some zip-lining fun. Also, make sure you check out Pescado Blanco for good mexican food.
Back in Canada! The route took us up Piegan / Carway – US Hwy 89 / AB Hwy 2 to take us back to Canmore. We toured through Banff National Park A couple of fun things we did was take the Banff Gondola up to the top to check out the observation decks on top of Sulphur Mountain.
A top of the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station. Close to the Magnetic Pole, the station was built to monitor solar-flare generated cosmic rays. (2,451 meters high). BTW, 6,000 golden eagles migrate per year. Lake Louise was also an incredible site to see. Six glaciers feed the lake with water temp of 10c/50f. The glaciers grind the rock and silt bottom of lake absorb the colour except aqua blue.
Lake Louise Gondola
The Wildlife Interpretive Centre
was amazing and detailed many of the areas wildlife. Plan to have a quick snack at the Great Divide Lodge and watch the ground squirrels run around the grounds.
While in Banff are we did eat at two different restaurants we thought worth mentioning: Aroma Mexican Restaurant in Banff, AB and Luna Blue Resturant in Canmore, AB.
The final leg of our tour ended with an incredible horseback ride though the mountains. Rafter Six Ranch has one of the worlds largest log lodges with three stories and eighteen rooms. The guide took our little guy up front with her and helped him with his first horse ride.
Happy Trails Ya’ll!