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Biking the Dinosaur Trail near Drumheller

If you'd like to go biking through an otherworldly landscape of canyons, hoodoos and coulees with the added attraction of seeing the world's largest dinosaur, then you need to bike the Dinosaur Trail near Drumheller. The city of Drumheller is just 90 minutes from Calgary but with its badlands scenery it feels a world away. On the drive there make the short-detour to see Horseshoe Canyon. It will whet your appetite for what's ahead. Biking the…

A Winter Hike in the Canadian Badlands of Alberta

A visit to Drumheller, a town in the Red Deer River Valley in the Canadian Badlands of Alberta, offered a few surprises on a recent January weekend. With the goal of a winter hike, I was disappointed to find that Horseshoe Canyon, 17 kilometres outside of Drumheller was closed. Horsethief Canyon, a popular hiking spot north of Drumheller off of the Dinosaur Trail was open but icy. I was ready to give up on a winter…

A Weekend Canoe Trip on the Red Deer River

If you're looking for an easy, family-friendly summer adventure in Alberta try canoeing or kayaking the Red Deer River. Although it has a good rate of flow, there are very few, if any rapids to deal with. Your biggest problem will likely be running aground on a gravel bar or slipping on a muddy bank getting out of the canoe. There are lots of paddling options on the Red Deer River from a one day…

21 Must Do Activities in Alberta

Alberta is Canada's fourth largest province by area. Named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the daughter of Queen Victoria, it's a province that begs to be explored. From north to south it's over 1,200 kilometres long and that's as the crow flies. It's impossible to see all but a small section of the province if you only have a few days. Alberta boasts a diverse landscape. The Rocky Mountains are justifiably the most famous and…

Alberta Road Trip: Searching for Birds, Badlands & Buffalo Jumps

For an Alberta road trip that doesn't involve mountains, head east where you can find birds if you're lucky, badlands and buffalo jumps. That's exactly what John and I did just a few weeks ago. We decided it was time to explore some new country and see parts of Alberta that don't get the attention that the mountains get. We left Calgary and headed east on the Trans-Canada until we reached Strathmore. We figured since…

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