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You and nature

Become one with the wilderness as you explore all the natural attractions that Drumheller has to offer. Whether you are sightseeing while driving, hiking, or doing both, there is a little something out here for everyone! Prepare to venture into a new part of nature.

Natural Attractions

  • Horseshoe Canyon

    Horseshoe Canyon is the busiest of Drumheller’s two canyons due to its proximity to Highway 9, which runs between Calgary and Drumheller. This is also the spot for canyon helicopter tours and many hiking trails. If you can, aim for a visit at sunrise because the view can be spectacular.

    Located 17 km southwest of Drumheller on Highway 9.

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  • Horsethief Canyon

    Horsethief Canyon is where bright yellow canola fields and giant rocking pump jacks meet the precipice of pure Badlands splendor. Stand at the canyon edge and take in the entire valley or strap on some hikers and venture deep into the canyon itself – just be careful, there are no interpretive signs and it’s easy to get lost.

    Horsethief Canyon is 16 km from Drumheller, just past the Royal Tyrrell Museum on North Dinosaur Trail (Highway 838)

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  • Orkney Viewpoint

    Orkney Lookout is a very simple, somewhat private natural lookout point situated on the high red rock cliffs – above the Red Deer River – located west of the community of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. The viewpoint lookout provides sweeping views of the Red Deer Valley. You can watch as the river snakes its way through the valley for many kilometres.

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    S Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0

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  • Barneys Adventure Park

    Enjoy a celebration of the history of the Drumheller Valley at the fabulous Barneys Adventure Park with things to do for all ages.

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  • Drumheller Hoodoos

    Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged (in other words, no climbing allowed). The protected Hoodoos site is a guaranteed spot to see Hoodoos but smaller versions of these sandstone giants can be found all over the Badlands.

    Highway 10 East, Drumheller, AB

  • Horseshoe Canyon Viewpoint

    The view into  Horsethief Canyon  lets you admire the  colourful layers of rock while picturing the thieves who gave the canyon its name hiding in the coulees and re-branding their stolen mares.

  • Midland Provincial Park

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  • Atlas Coal Mine

    Hike up the underground, climb the tipple, ride the train, explore amazing machines, and uncover Drumheller’s salacious past at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.  This site features the world famous guided tours, which run daily from May to October.  Dig up something different in the Valley! 15 mins east of Drumheller.

    110 Century Dr. East Coulee, AB, T0J 1B0

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  • Drumheller Nordic Walking and Wellness

    Experience all of the beauty Drumheller has to offer with a custom guided walking tour designed just for you. Whether it’s a fast paced hike along our pathway system, a leisurely stroll through historic downtown or a combination of both, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the sights and sounds the Badlands and beautiful Red Deer River Valley have to offer.

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