THE CULTURE CRAWLER
If you are kid-free and up for adventure, but prefer a slow and steady pace, this itinerary is for you. Indulge in quiet dinners, galleries, museums and a quaint bed-and-breakfast, and be immersed in Drumheller’s hospitality, pioneering spirit, and natural splendour.
9:00 a.m. – Stop for a breakfast bagel and locally roasted coffee at Café Olé, a Spanish-style grab-and-go eatery.
9:30 a.m. – Once you’ve recharged your batteries, walk over to the Badlands Historical Centre and peruse the oddities on display, including a two-wheeled car. 335 1 Street E., Drumheller.
10:30 a.m. – Take advantage of Drumheller’s scenery by playing a round at the Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club. Play nine holes and fit in lunch at the club’s Wild Sage restaurant.
2:00 p.m. – Returning to the town centre, stop at the Homestead Museum. More than 10,000 artifacts are on display, including a two-headed calf and the Murray House, a home that was purchased through the 1919 Eaton’s catalogue. 901 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller.
3:00 p.m. – Next, visit the Badlands Gallery, operated by the Canadian Badlands Artist Association. Then head next door to Ateliero Verda and see artist-in-residence Jacqueline Sveda’s vibrant paintings.
3:30 p.m. – See the impressive collection at Valley Doll Museum & Gifts, where more than 700 dolls are on display in vignettes, including King Henry VIII with all his wives.
4:30 p.m. – Enjoy a short, scenic drive to the hamlet of Rosebud via Highway 9 West and Highway 840 from Drumheller. Stop in at the Rosebud & District Centennial Museum, featuring local pioneering and ranching history.
5:30 p.m. – Wrap up the day with an evening of dinner theatre. A ticket to Rosebud Theatre will get you a show and a meal at the Mercantile across the street.
9:30 p.m. – Bed down at Rosebud Country Inn. This cozy retreat has 10 rooms, each with its own ensuite, but none with a television.
9:00 a.m. – Time for a self-guided tour of the area. Beginning in Drumheller, head west then north on South Dinosaur Trail for the 23-kilometre scenic drive to the Bleriot Ferry across the Red Deer River. Head back to town for lunch.
Noon – Lunch at O’Shea’s Eatery & Ale House; pub grub with a gourmet twist. Order boneless wings in more than two dozen flavours, and grab a jumbo pretzel with honey mustard to go.
1:00 p.m. – Enjoy an afternoon spa treatment at The Heartwood Inn and Spa. Women and men alike can indulge in a manicure, pedicure or massage.
3:00 p.m. – If you’re visiting between July 11-13, 18-20 or 25-27, don’t miss the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, an elaborate three-hour annual theatrical portrayal of the life and death of Jesus Christ.
6:30 p.m. – Make dinner reservations — three days in advance — at Sublime Food & Wine, one of Drumheller’s newest eateries. The lamb chops with sun-dried tomato pesto come highly recommended.