Drumheller, Alberta, was are final destination for the weekend. Drumheller is a town within the Red Deer River Valley in the Badlands of east-central Alberta. We had flown over Drumheller earlier to get a bird’s-eye view of the Drumheller Golf Club, where the back-nine holes are in the hoodoos. We visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, a museum that hosts Canada’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, (more than 130,000 fossils), opened on September 25, 1985. It is a magnificent museum more than 47,000 sq ft is dedicated to exhibits, in a series of chronological galleries celebrating the 3.9-billion-year-history of life on earth. The “Dinosaur Hall” with 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons, including the Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus Stegosaurus, and Triceratops, was the highlight of the museum. We saw the Devonian Reef, a life-size model of a 375-million-year old reef. Also on display is the “Triassic Giant”, a 1,700 sq ft long specimen of the world’s largest known marine reptile. We were so glad that we came early, when we left the Museum 3 hours later the line of tourists to enter the place was probably 1/2 mile long and the traffic to get in the parking lot was way down the road. It was well worth the time we spent exploring all the exhibits and we would definitely visit here again. A must see! Click on thumbnail to view images
Then we went to the Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club to play the back-nine, it is considered the most challenging in North America. It is surrounded by badlands, coulees and cliffs. The back-nine opened in 1996 and is now known as the ultimate challenge in target golf. As a newcomer to the game of golf this was definitely a challenge for me and I think I hit every drive out of bounds, and lost quite a few balls. But when visiting Drumheller, playing at Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club is a must. Our time in Alberta with Harry & Pat is coming to an end, but what a lot of wonderful memories we made together.