THE YOUNG & YOUNG AT HEART
Whether you and your family are fun addicts or just crazy for dinosaurs, Drumheller’s recreational opportunities provide plenty of chances to let loose and use your imagination.
9:00 a.m. – Start your day off with flapjacks and waffles from Whifs Flapjack House (peach melba waffle, anyone?). Check out the motorized train running around the restaurant’s ceiling. 801 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller.
10:00 a.m. – Head to Fossil World Dinosaur Discovery Centre for your first big Drumheller adventure. Dig up a fossil, take home a vial of real minerals or attempt the fossil wall climb.
Noon – Continue to follow North Dinosaur Trail (Hwy. 838) northwest from Drumheller for 24 kilometres to the cable-operated Bleriot Ferry for a scenic view of the Red Deer River. Once across the river, the drive back to town on South Dinosaur Trail (Hwy. 837) will bring you to stunning Orkney Viewpoint, where you can enjoy a picnic overlooking Drumheller’s river valley.
2:00 p.m. – After lunch, head back to town and climb 26.2 metres (86 feet) to the top of the World’s Largest Dinosaur, next to the Drumheller Visitor Information Centre. Visit the gift shop for a souvenir. Who couldn’t use a pair of dinosaur socks?
2:30 p.m. – Beside the World’s Largest Dinosaur you’ll find the Aquaplex, where you can take a dip in the indoor pool or swim in the heated outdoor pool. Rotary Spray Park is right next door.
5:00 p.m. – For dinner, try the Chinese buffet at Sizzling Family Restaurant. 160 Centre St., Drumheller.
6:00 p.m. – Head over to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, open until 9 p.m. in the summer. Evenings are less crowded, making it easier to experience Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils.
9:00 p.m. – Check into the Ramada Inn for the evening. Help yourself to complimentary cookies at the front desk. In the morning, enjoy the free continental breakfast.
9:00 a.m. – Make the nine kilometre drive southeast along the Hoodoo Trail (Hwy. 10) to the Rosedale Suspension Bridge, built by miners to reach the Star Mine across the Red Deer River. Back on Hoodoo Trail, drive to its namesake, the hoodoos. Stay on the paths as you walk around the giant rock pillars.
10:30 a.m. – If it happens to be raining (and even if it’s not), Jurassic Laser Tag and Arcade offers indoor fun to burn off some steam.
11:30 a.m. – Have lunch at the Diana Restaurant, featuring highly rated Chinese and western cuisine. 388 Centre St, Drumheller.
12:30 p.m. – Shop at R & J Flowers for a lot more than flowers — the store features gifts, clothes and more.
2:00 p.m. – Next, go to Bumper Boat Amusements for some mini golf and bumper boats. 901 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller.
3:30 p.m. – Peruse The Fossil Shop, which sells souvenirs, books and genuine fossils. Going home with a $70,000 partial Triceratops skull is tempting, but the reasonably priced crocodile bones will do as mementoes.
4:00 p.m. – Channel your inner Fred Flintstone with a visit to Sandstone Lanes for some bowling.
6:00 p.m. – Stop in for a quick home-style meal at Yavis Family Restaurant.
7:30 p.m. – Finish off the day by taking in the latest movie at the Napier Theatre in the heart of downtown Drumheller.