Calgary Trip: Drumheller, Badlands and the Royal Tyrrell Museum
The second weekend in Calgary I drove out to Drumheller to see the Canadian badlands and the Royal Tyrrell museum. All through Drumheller, there were dinosaurs on display. This is the large one at the tourist information centre. You can climb up inside the dinosaur to see the view from his mouth. The walls inside a decorated with all kinds of fun paintings and the door at the top shows a couple about to go see the world...
From there, I drove over to see the hoodoos. These are rock pillars formed by wind and water. The hats are hard limestone that protect the softer rock pillars underneath. Eventually the pillars wear away and collapse. There was a hill or wall behind the hoodoos that I saw that looked like baby hoodoos being formed
On the way back toward Drumheller, I stopped to see the suspension bridge. It is open to foot traffic and I did go part way out but it was swaying, and that water looked very cold so I turned around and went back to firm ground.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum just outside Drumheller specializes in fossils and dinosaurs. Among the displays are a lot of fossils and dinosaurs found in the badlands of Canada. There are a number of displays showing the techniques used to clean and make duplicates of the fossils. Some of the fossilized bones are much too heavy to use in the reconstruction of the animals so they make lighter weight replicas to take their places.
Interior complete with 6 single seat pews
There are two lookout points on the north and south loops of the drive. Badlands are found in South Dakota, Argentina, Mexico, the Gobi Desert of China and Mongolia as well as Canada. The French-Canadian Trappers called this land "bad lands to cross":
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