Drumheller, Alberta (Part 1): Dinosaur obsessed

by Natasha on Friday, July 29, 2011, 8:03 pm · 5 comments

in Canadiana, Travel

This is the point where we backtracked in our trip to pick up sights we’d missed. And though you maybe won’t think so from viewing Part 1, Drumheller and area was well worth the extra driving.

Welcome to Drumheller

This is the 80-foot T-Rex statue in the visitor’s center area. It has stairs you can climb from inside up into the mouth; however, they want to charge you $3/person for the honor. Somehow, I just couldn’t be bothered, so I took my $3 and bought an ice-cream instead.

80 ft Tyrannosaurus Rex statue

20-foot T-Rex with 80-foot T-Rex in behind

20-foot T-Rex with 80-foot T-Rex in behind

A dinosaur on almost every corner…

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dinosaur statuedinosaur statue

Even dinosaur murals…

dinosaur mural

The fire department’s “mascot”:

dinosaur statue

Even bursting out of the IGA building…

dinosaur statue at IGA

Canada Post — dinosaur … Need I say more?

dinosaur statue

{ 5 comments }

1 Ron July 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I remember most of those, but not the one at the IGA. I didn’t go up the big one in the park either, it was more fun looking up at it.

2 Natasha July 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Agreed — and, really, three bucks to climb a bunch of stairs? Not interested.

3 Bob Devine July 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

Once again. GREAT PICS. I love the IGA one. Thats new since I was last there. By the way re your statement a few days ago about black bears. I am afraid you are wrong. Grizzlies will attack and if you curl up in a ball the will probably bat you around a bit then leave. Not the black bears. When they go after you it is generaly because they are hungry and you are supper. Fight scream and do what you can to stop them as they will not stop until they have fed. That is not written in stone but you have a chance with a grizzly, not so much with a black bear.

4 Natasha July 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thanks, Bob.

Yes, what you say seems to agree with the Alberta government’s info on the topic of bears, though they also agree none of it’s a guarantee when dealing with wild animals. Basically, they said when coming upon any bear, try to back away slowly and don’t make eye contact. But if a bear does attack, it’s good to know which type of bear, so you know how to respond. With a grizzly, they recommended dropping face down with your hands locked behind your neck and your legs spread — apparently so it’s more difficult for the bear to turn you over. They didn’t recommend rolling up in a ball, but that might work too. They did say NOT to try aggression with a grizzly; it only makes the attack fiercer and more prolonged. But, yes, with a black bear — scream, hit him, throw stuff at him — show him (or her) you won’t be easy prey.

I read up on all this ahead of time since I’m a coward when it comes to bears. ;)

5 Bill Elder July 31, 2011 at 10:37 am

Glad you got back to the Drum and went up the RD valley to the hoodoos – they’re awesome aren’t they. Did you get to East Coulee to check out the old Atlas Mine – very photogenic and a reminder the valley was opened up by coal, not T-Rex tourism. If you get a chance, go up 10X at Rosedale to the Wayne saloon (you won’t be disappointed for lack of photo-friendly material) ;-)

I forgot to tell you when you were in the Banff area about the most spectacular hike in the province. ( I assume you moosies are avid or hobby hikers and photo buffs?) Go north from Banff on the #1 to the sunshine village/Ski road. Drive up the road to the Sunshine village parking lot – that is the staging area for the hiking trails. The sunshine trail takes you through alpine meadows carpeted with Alpine flora) to several high mountain lakes – Black Rock, Pharaoh, Egypt, Scarab, Haiduk and Mummy lake on the BC boarder (continental divide). Wildlife includes goats, some sheep early in the season, Grizzley, eagles, pikas and marmot. Spectacular Alpine scenery, Emerald green or Turquoise lakes full of Grayling, brook and golden trout – this is literally a pastoral Shangri-la at the top of the continent.

You will never regret the grunt work it takes to get up the initial slope to the Alpine meadows. I think there are several AB hiking trails books you can get at Chapters or Coles which have detailed maps of the Sunshine trails,

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