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“Amazing experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park
Badlands | 2 hours drive east of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(403) 378-4342
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Ranked #69 of 947 attractions in Alberta
Type: State Parks, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Leisure education
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Calgary
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed one Saturday night in a Comfort Cabin in the park's campground. It costs the same as a motel, with many of the comforts of a kitchen unit (fridge, coffee maker, propane BBQ, all dishes, pots, pans, etc) but you are sharing the WC and walk to the showers (all very clean). We were playing backgammon beside the bonfire and 2 young mule deer browsed their way through the grass field 50 feet away. As we went to bed, coyotes were calling to each other from the badlands nearby. It was a little noisy until the kids went to bed, and then again until the partying adults hit curfew @ 11PM. It was hot and dry, but that allowed exploration on dirt trails inside the area bounded by the Scenic Loop Road and summitting the hill beside the campground. Lots to see and do.

Visited September 2012
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Agassiz
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“4th Time Visiting Still Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A lot of people get Dinosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller Alberta Tyrel Museum mixed up.

I have visited both and personally prefer the Provincial Park. There is a camp ground in Dinosaur Provincial Park, which is located in the bad lands of Alberta. This Campground has some hydro sites but none with sewer or water. There is a sani dump in the campground and water stands through out the campground. The campground sites are large by normal standards. Remember however you are in the bad lands so it can get hot.

There is a small museum which has quite a few dinosaur exhibits and a section on the original dinosaur explorers. Also a computerized section to interact on and a theater which acts as a theater and a interacting demonstration area. They also have a small gift shop. Most importantly it is here that you purchase your excursion tickets. They have three programs that are family orientated and quite a few for 12 years and over. All excursions require an interpreter provided by the Park. There is also a self guided tour around the ring road as I call it.

One thing I have to stress you must remember that you are in a United Nations protected Park and when they say only travel on this road they actually mean it. The area is full of fossils and it is against the law to remove any.

This was the first year where my 13 year Grand daughter actually got to go on one of those 12 or older hikes with her grandmother while I took the 5 year old grand daughter for a repeat visit to the museum. This adventure plus the two family adventures one being the explorer where you are guided into the bad lands and shown how the first paleontologists worked and an actual dinosaur find and fossils were discovered along with a narrative on how the bad lands were formed was interesting all around. We also did the Fossil Tour in the bad lands where you are taken and search for fossils some large bones and fragments were found as well as teeth and even some skin.

We even visited the Ranch House of a black ranch named John. This was unbelievable considering the size of him and his family. This attraction has been relocated to dinosaur park to protect the house.

So remember the next trip to the Dinosaur Museum should also include a journey to Dinosaur Provincial Park just North of Brooks Alberta

Visited August 2012
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Calgary
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“Awesome place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We just stayed for the second time here and were just as happy the this time around. There is more than just phenomenal scenery, unlike most you'd see other places, but a feeling you get when you're there. The campground is well-maintained, clean and in spite of it being somewhat open, you can find quiet spots where you don't notice your neighbours too much.
Great hiking trails, a wonderful little gift shop and an interpretive centre at a reasonable cost, plus free informative things to see if you don't want to pay for the tour. On the September long weekend, it was hot and sunny in the day, with a wind and then cooler at night. We'll go back again!

Visited September 2012
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Winnipeg
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“I fell in love with the badlands!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We stayed three nights in the park's campground and it was an amazing experience. It is an entirely different landscape than anything I have experienced in Canada before.

We went on the Explorers bus tour, Sunset tour and the Fossil safari through the parks interpretive centre and each tour was very fun and informative. My only criticism is the age of the busses. Some of the busses are over 20 years old and not always reliable.

This place is absolutely worth a visit!

Visited August 2012
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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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“Have you ever visited the moon?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We visited this park at the end of July. Out of this world! It was like stepping onto another planet with only the occasional mosquito to disturb the reverie. Yes, there are a few more of the little critters this year. The park people told us that they had more rain in July than they usually get in year, so the mosquitoes were atypically more numerous than most years. Honestly, as long as there is a breeze, the skeeters don't bother you much. If no breeze, then bring out the 30% deet.
The sun-baked valley will suck the moisture out of you so don't forget to pack water for your hikes.

The trails have stunning revelations around every corner. The park at sunrise or sunset is a photographer's paradise. Deer was seen during the day and coyotes were heard at night.

You're not likely to see dinosaur bones lying around on the well marked walking trails around the park so be sure to book the guided tours that take you by bus to inaccessible parts of the park where you are literally standing on top of dinosaur bones.

The visitor centre is well worth seeing for a small entry fee. They'll sell you souvenirs, walking sticks and Tilley hats to make your visit more memorable. Alberta pioneer, John Ware's log cabin is at the Dinosaur Provincial Park too. Check it out.

The town of Brooks is about 40 minutes away if you require supplies. Stop and visit the Brooks aqueduct when you're there. It's an amazing feat of 1910 engineering.

Visited July 2012
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