During the summer months, Drumheller is a tourist hotspot. Families come to town to experience our unique landscapes, diverse attractions, and friendly hospitality. Although summer is our busy season, Drumheller does not cool off in the winter months — we embrace it. Winter in Drumheller can be a lot of fun, especially if you follow our guide of how to get into your most festive mood.
Where to Buy Gifts in Drumheller
Drumheller is full of great, locally owned shops where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. So whether you’re an expert shopper or need a little help to find that something special, Drumheller has it.
Every family has a dinosaur enthusiast in it, but Drumheller is a town full of them! The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s gift shop understands the gravity that is a dinosaur obsession. They sell all things dinosaur, including hand painted dinosaur Christmas ornaments, plush dinosaur slippers, dinosaur books, and yes, dinosaur toys! This shop is not to be missed for the future paleontologist in your family.
CC’s Closet and Jungling Works are two locally owned and operated boutiques located in downtown Drumheller that you’ll want to check out if you’re stumped on a gift for the lady in your life, whether she’s your mom or girlfriend. Maybe your sister is looking for a new buffalo plaid shirt, or your wife needs a new knit toque (with a faux fur pom pom!), well you can definitely find it at CC’s Closet where they specialize in modern and stylish women’s wear.
Maybe your mom has been complaining that her classic stew pot needs replacing or your aunt needs a new apron. Jungling Works has it! Jungling Works offers a unique blend of gifts, kitchenware, and home decor. The store is owned by local Debra Jungling, who features some of her own art on printed scarves, aprons, and other home goods available in store.
What to Do in Drumheller During Winter
While you’re shopping the great selection Drumheller has to offer, you may as well make a day of it. There are lots of fun and exciting things to do during the winter season in Drumheller.
In early December, you can venture out to the Atlas Coal Mine and East Coulee School Museum for some Drumheller holiday fun. Their Christmas in the Coulee event is family friendly and full of fun for everyone. You can ride the Polar Express, try delicious holiday treats, and even meet Santa! Not only is this event fun, but it also raises money for preserving Drumheller’s rich coal mining history.
Not many people think “theatre” when they visit Drumheller, but our Rosebud Theatre is Alberta’s premier destination for live theatre and delicious food. If you’re looking to get into the festive spirit, you can take in a showing of a Christmas classic at the Rosebud Theatre. Their performances are sure to leave you merry and bright.
During the winter months, downtown Drumheller is aglow with holiday lights. Take a walk through our historic downtown Drumheller, which is full of galleries, unique shops, and places to grab a coffee if you need a warm up!
We don’t know about you, but cold weather always makes us hungry. Our solution? A stop in at Bernie and the Boys Bistro. With a large menu of 100% natural Alberta beef burgers and delicious sides, it just hits the spot. We love the Nacho Daddy’s Burger and poutine. If you’re really hungry, why not try tackling the Mammoth Burger?
Although Drumheller is not an official dark sky preserve, our canyons, town size, and badlands make the perfect atmosphere for stargazing. Photographers and stargazers alike love coming to Drumheller for night sky photography and constellation spotting. Our beautiful landscape makes a great foreground for the vibrant winter colours of the Milky Way.
Drumheller Experiential Gift Ideas
Sometimes the best gift is one that you have to look forward to. Experiential gifts are an awesome idea because it allows the receiver to come experience Drumheller on their own, while getting an amazing memory out of it.
1. The Gift that Gives all Year Round
A Royal Tyrrell Museum membership. Perfect for the natural history buff or dinosaur lover in your life. Not only do they get free admission to the Museum year-round, but they’ll also be able to participate in free programs, attend member-only events, and receive discounts in the gift shop and cafeteria.
2. Once in a Lifetime Experience
Mountain View Helicopters offers an extraordinary, bird’s-eye view of Drumheller. Take in our breathtaking coulees, canyons, and hoodoos from above in a helicopter. This makes a great gift for any gearhead or Instagram fanatic that needs the perfect shot.
3. The Gift of Relaxation
The holidays and end of year stress us all out. Show your appreciation by booking a getaway to the Heartwood Inn and Spa. With cozy guest rooms and an onsite spa that offers a full range of treatments, you can just feel your stress melt away. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or just looking to get away from the city, the Heartwood Inn and Spa is what you’re looking for.
4. The Choose Your Own Summer Adventure Gift
Start by booking accommodations – we recommend both Dinosaur RV Park and Quality Hotel. Campers and outdoor enthusiasts will love the convenience, location and views at Drumheller RV Park. Hotel goers will find Quality Hotel’s mix of offerings, amenities and convenient location advantageous to all sorts of travellers – from families, to couples, to those traveling on business. Once accommodations are booked, make a card with the booking reservation in it and a list of some ideas for summer adventures in Drumheller. Ideas we recommend include taking a geological tour of the Canadian Badlands with Drumheller Rocks GeoTourism, making your own sage stick at the The Sage Shoppe, enjoying dinner and show at Rosebud Theatre, going on one of Atlas Coal Mine’s tours, climbing up the iconic World’s Largest Dinosaur and learning something new at one of the area’s many historic sites and museums including the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the East Coulee School Museum. Check out our articles section for more inspiration. Let them choose their own Drumheller adventure – it’s the gift that will let them plan and look forward to summer 2019.
Featured image used courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum.