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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.

Day 1

  • 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.

The Young & Young At Heart Day 1 Map

Day 2

  • 9:00 a.m.

    Make the 12 kilometre drive southeast along the Hoodoo Trail (Hwy. 10) to its namesake, the hoodoos. Stay on the paths as you walk around the giant rock pillars.

    Head back on to Highway 10 and travel back 2 km to the The Sunny Spot

  • 11:30 a.m.

    At the Sunny spot enjoy freshly cooked food, buy some fresh produce to take home and even take time to sit for a photo op in their giant Adirondack. If you are there in later summer you can even get lost in the famous corn maze.

  • 1:30 p.m.

    Drive North West along Highway 10 back to Drumheller.  Stop at the Asteroid Cater for one of their famous ice creams.

  • 2:00 p.m.

    Next, go to  Cactus Coulee Fun Park 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.

The Young & Young At Heart Day 2 Map