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Calgary's Attractions in Nearby Communities: Drumheller



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Badlands around DrumhellerDrumheller is located 138 km northeast of Calgary, and is the gateway to the badlands of the Red Deer River Valley. The Valley's deep gorges are like the Grand Canyon's (but smaller) caused by a glacial meltdown at the end of the last Ice Age. Large numbers of prehistoric fossils are exposed for discovery. the product of glacial activity during the last ice age. The town gets an average 2,490 hours of sunshine a year, making it feel like a desert in the summertime.

Dinosaur lovers make treks to Drumheller to see the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The world's largest exhibit of complete dinosaur skeletons will take you on a journey through time from the days of single-celled plants in the sea. Experience 4.5 billion years of the earth's history through skeletons, fossils, hands-on displays and computer simulations.

The city (incoporated in 1930) was named for Samuel Drumheller (1864-1925) who arrived in the area in 1910 and developed the townsite. The ara boomed when the Candian Northern Railway arrived in 1912.

Two popular drives in the Drumheller Valley are Dinosaur Trail and Hoodoo Drive. Dinosaur Trail takes you west of Drumheller to Midland Provincial Park and the Valley of the Dinosaurs. The Hoodoo Drive takes you past 25 kilometres of badlands terrain southeast of Drumheller, into the small Alberta coal mining communities that were in their heyday at the start of this century.

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