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From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

1. From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

Explore Drumheller Provincial Park and the Canadian Badlands on this all-day private sightseeing tour in Alberta. Travel at your own pace with your own group. Visit Horseshoe Canyon and walk among the hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rock), followed by the Atlas Coal Mine. Stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada's only museum dedicated to paleontology. Leaving from Calgary, Your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with unique views of the valley. A quick stop at the Drumheller Welcome Sign then Continues to the Hoodoos, where you will have time to explore and enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations and take Instagram photos in between rocks. Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, Stop for lunch at the town of Drumheller or See the World's Largest Dinosaur Structure. Added Stop will be Little Church of Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the Science of Paleontology. Housing a collection of over 130,000 fossils, see mounted dinosaur skeletons including the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops. Look into the "Preparation Lab", where you can watch technicians prepare fossils for research and exhibition.

From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

2. From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

Visit Drumheller on this full-day guided excursion. Explore rugged canyonlands and get up close and personal with fossils and monolithic hoodoo rock formations. After meeting with your guide, depart from Calgary and ride out to Dinosaur Valley. Listen to tales about the incredible array of species that have been unearthed there. When you arrive, head to the visitor center to check out fossils and artifacts gathered from more than 40 species of dinosaurs discovered nearby. Consider expanding your knowledge of prehistoric life and creatures with an optional visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. Then, proceed to Horseshoe Canyon, where the Red Deer River makes a U-turn in steep, stratified canyons. Cap off your day with up-close looks at the area's towering hoodoo rock formations worn into columns over hundreds of years.

Ghosts of Drumheller: a Smartphone Audio Ghost Tour

3. Ghosts of Drumheller: a Smartphone Audio Ghost Tour

If Hoodoos and dinosaurs aren’t enough to fill Alberta’s Drumheller with bone-chilling excitement, how about adding hauntings and spirits to the mix? It seems they’re here, too and from the sounds of things, they’re not being shy about it! Your 2.5 km ghostly tour starts and ends in downtown Drumheller. As you tip-toe around this spooky town full of unimaginable rock formations and dinosaur tales, we'll point out old buildings and tell you about the lost souls that remain within. With his permission, Lothar Malmberg’s book, “Drumheller Ghost Walk” has been the source of much of the information for this tour. As a matter of fact, things are often so mystical in these parts, that with a little imagination, you might even begin to question whether the thin line between "what is" and "what once was" even exists here. Hear the interesting ghostly stories behind the final resting place of spirits at the Drumheller Cemetery, and the residents who never left home at the Johnston House. Why the ghost of the Haunted Spa never left and the strange orbs at 3rd Avenue Arts. As you walk along you’ll hear haunted tales involving the Atlas Coal Mine and the mining industry, both real-life and paranormal. We’ll tell you some of the popular legends behind the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and it’s tragedy, the Spanish Flu and how the Water Tower became “ghostly”. Take in beautiful, historical buildings and hear of the shadowy paranormal figures still allegedly there at the Miner’s Memorial Hall, Cactus Jacks Saloon at the Waldorf Hotel, the Last Chance Saloon and it’s haunted Rosedeer Hotel. Discover the strange and popular legend of Chucky at the Valley Doll Museum, the Legion Hall's giggling ghost and the popular tale of a ghost family with A Woman, a Child and a Grumpy Man. Hear about the tragedies and spooky tales at the East Coulee School Museum and what paranormal investigators found. And finally, the last stop is the Central School, now home to the Drumheller Community Church, where ghosts have been seen from as early as 1920!

From Vancouver: Western Canada Self-Driving Audio Guide Tour

4. From Vancouver: Western Canada Self-Driving Audio Guide Tour

Discover the beauty of Western Canada on a self-guided and driving tour. Explore Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, the Westend, Stanley Park, and more with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking.  Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will pass by Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and know about nature, wildlife, hiking, activities, culture, and hidden sights of the area.  The scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains is one of the key highlights of Western Canada. Drive along the Icefields Parkway and visit Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, and many more natural highlights along the way.  You will uncover the hidden treasures, with in-depth background information about the geography, economy, history, and culture of Canada.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

We got to see Horseshoe Canyon, the smallest church in the world, The Royal Tyrrell museum which had dinosaur fossils and dinosaur bones that had been found and pieced together to recreate the actual dinosaur skeletons. Very interesting museum. We had time for lunch and also we could take a nice circular walk around outside to see the great views of the bandlands. We then saw the manmade Huge dinosaur. I think we had enough time for most of the stops but I think we should have had longer for the giant Dino. We only had 30 mins there and there wasn’t enough time to climb up inside the dinosaur and see the views because there was already a queue of people. Instead I photographed it from the ground and had an ice cream. So maybe the time could be increased to 1 hour at that stop off. Then we went to see the Hoodoos which was great.

This tour was amazing and honestly worth every dollar. We had Arnel as our driver and guide and honestly, his company really enhanced the experience! He was patient with us as we took our time exploring the sites and never made us feel rushed, while also being friendly and fun to have around. The tour itself was incredible as well. The sites this tour provides access to are amazing and indescribable. The beauty of this tour is that because it was private, we could spend as much time at each location as we wanted to before moving onto the next spot, as opposed to other, larger group tours where there’s a strict time-limit. Overall this was a great experience and a day well spent.

After purchase, the download code for the app came by email after 12 hours (not 24 hours as described in the text). Installation with it worked fine. On the road, I used the app on most journeys. Everything worked well here too - the information came to the right places and the digressions were a great podcast replacement. Overall was very satisfied.

We appreciated David who listened to the group. He gave us lots of information during the trip. There is no landscape like in Drumheller it feels like on the moon. We really enjoyed the Tyrrell museum. Entrance fees are extra and the visit is autonomous. We were with the Calgary Tour. The tour was in English and Chinese. We recommend.

Very nice day Interesting guide who takes good care of us. Pay attention to the meeting point. Look carefully at the address given on the confirmation. It's not in front of the right hotel.