Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Drumheller - D - Couple Getaways

Welcome to the "D" portion of my ongoing Couple Getaways series.

Maybe you and your special someone aren't looking for a romantic getaway. Maybe you're looking for something a little more primative. A place to be active, hike, or uncover dinosaur fossils.

If so, you should definitely stop through Drumheller in Alberta, Canada. Drumheller is known as dinosaur valley.

The family and I spent a couple of days there and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately we went during an unseasonably hot week so we didn't get to spend as much time outside. We did however enjoy ourselves in the nicely air conditioned The Royal Tyrrell Museum. You can spend the entire day in there. Not only are the exhibits plenty and magnificient, they have a ton of interactive exhibits to lose yourself in.

Other sites to see in Drumheller include:

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site - where you can explore the 210 foot underground conveyor tunnel, hike up the newly restored Blacksmith Shop, or ride on the 1936 Mancha mine locomotive.

Visit the Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Centre

Stroll through the Homestead Antique Museum

Check out the amazing Hoodoos

See the world's largest dinosaur made entirely out of steel. It weights 145,000 pounds, is 86 feet high, and is 151 feet long! Very impressive. I was just happy it was made out of steel. I'd never run fast enough from something that huge. You can climb up and look out its giant mouth.

All throughout April I'll be posting about Couple Getaways as part of the A-Z Challenge. I hope you'll stop by for the next destination! No passport necessary ;)

~Ann Cory


Savannah Chase said...

Thank you for showing Canada some love...This place sounds fantastic...I need to take a trip across Canada.

Karyn Good said...

Drumheller's a wonderful place to visit! Glad you had a wonderful time there despite the heat! Canada is full of fab places to visit.

What a great idea. Will have to check out the A to Z Challenge.

Ann Cory said...

You bet Savannah! My hubby's Canadian, so I like to show a lot of love to Canada :) This place was so cool. Although a few of their dinosaur exhibits scared me. I can't imagine being a tiny person among such amazing creatures!

Ann Cory said...

I agree Karyn! Gotta love air conditioned museums :) Planning to go back at a better time weather wise to enjoy more of the outside activities.