From Rowley, we arrived in Drumheller and camped at the Holiday Trail RV Resort of Dinosaur Trail…a little out of town, but a pretty good RV park…we didn’t have any neighbours and only a 15 amp hook up with water as well.
We thought the Royal Tyrell Museum would be a good start to the area. This is an excellent research museum with well thought out displays.
I like the displays because not only does a person see the bones but the paintings of the images behind the dinosaurs make it so much easier to visualize the scene.
We also did a long walk along the nature trail…we were there all of the morning.
Then off to Wayne to the “Last Chance Saloon” for lunch.
There was also a coal mine nearby…
the tours were sold out and we didn’t want to wait the 2 hours for the next tour. The Hoodoos were near by and we stopped in.
Along the way we stopped at a suspension bridge in Rosedale.
From there the Horseshoe Canyon – yes another one not in Arizona – and a beautiful hike down at the bottom…
Then along the Dinosaur Trail Drive and the Bleriot Ferry – one of the cable ferries in Alberta and this one crosses the Red Deer river.
Some scenery at lookouts along the way.
Elk Island National Park was our next stop; near Edmonton so that we could spend a little time with Linda’s son.
We did some hikes.
We tried Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP).
Then on our way out we saw the bison…lots of bison.
This one decided to block the road for a little while. The next photo I just found funny.
We started to head down and stopped at Vegerville to see the world’s largest easter egg: The Pysanka.
Then down to Innisfree to see the Cut Bank Penguin from the movie “Cut Bank” where they recreated the town of Cut Bank Montana in Alberta…very strange.
Next we stopped at a town called Viking, home of the Sutter brother of NHL fame…there also was a viking tribute garden with trolls.
We’d heard about ancient stones called ‘Ribstones’ near there. We drove there and found them. They are thought to be carvings of the ribs of bison to ensure a good hunt.
We needed an inexpensive place to camp and wondered what that ghost town Rowley would be like – we drove there and found a field all to our selves. Our first free campsite – the Boondock.
I only managed to see four meteors but it was a beautiful night and they even had public showers that were serviceable.
We were going to stay two nights but thought the drive back to Lethbridge was too long and we broke it up by driving to Brooks. It was a good place to spend a night and hike a little around a wetland part of Lake Newell; a manmade lake in Kinbrook Island Provincial park.
Next we left for Lethbridge and after a couple of “Texas Gates” (cattle gates to you and I) this happened…
Off to Lethbridge…