Royal Tyrrell Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

From Calgary: Drumheller and Badlands Tour

After departing from Calgary, your first stop will be at Horseshoe Canyon, with the stunning views of the valley. Continue to the Hoodoos, where you will hop off the vehicle to enjoy views of these unique sandstone formations. Walk amongst these imposing structures.  Next, visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002, your ride will explore the Processing Plant. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way with some great food and some rest before continuing the journey.  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. Continue along Dinosaur Trail to Horsethief Canyon and on to the Bleriot Ferry (seasonal). Wrap up the day and relax at Orkney Viewpoint.

Drumheller Tour: Horseshoe Canyon, Hoodoos & CrossIron Mills

Drumheller Tour: Horseshoe Canyon, Hoodoos & CrossIron Mills

Itinerary: Calgary-Badlands-Drumheller-Horseshoe Canyon (30 min)-Royal Tyrrell Museum (Additional fees) & Lunch stop (150 min)-Hoodoos Trail (30 min) - CrossIron Mills Outlet Shopping(120 mins)- Calgary Departing from Calgary, drive along the Queen Elizabeth Highway as it veers eastward. Experience a visual landscape distinct from the national park as you journey towards the breathtaking Horseshoe Canyon. Stand on the edge of this huge U-shaped canyon and observe the beauty and mystery of the Canadian Badlands. The maroon-striped canyon walls reveal the layers of time down to the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs roamed a lush sub-tropical habitat some 70 million years ago. Next, see the rich fossils found throughout the badlands come to life at Drumheller’s Royal Tyrrell Museum (for an additional fee). See the world’s largest dinosaur at this paleontology museum. Check out other nearby highlights along the Hoodoo Trail (Provincial Highway 10). Finally, go to CrossIron Mills Shopping Outlet, which has over 200 stores, restaurants, and entertainment options for everyone to enjoy. Get the chance to enjoy the lowest provincial tax of only 5% in Alberta.

From Calgary: Guided Day Tour to Drumheller

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.

From Calgary: Canadian Badlands Private Geological Tour

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.

Canadian Badlands Private Tour

Canadian Badlands Private Tour

One of the things that makes travelling in Alberta such a special experience is that the landscapes are so diverse. Home to the Canadian Rockies, Horsethief Canyon, the Hoodoos, Horseshoe Canyon, and the Alberta Badlands, there is so much beauty in this province and so many things to do in Alberta. If you’re after dramatic landscapes, gorgeous hikes, cool towns, and incredible prehistoric history with dinosaurs, the Alberta Badlands is a great place to go. Collectively referred to as the Canadian Badlands, it stretches more than 35,000 square miles. Two of the most famous places are the town of Drumheller and Dinosaur Provincial Park.

Calgary: Best of Drumheller Dinosaur Experience from Calgary

Calgary: Best of Drumheller Dinosaur Experience from Calgary

Join us for a journey through time to the prehistoric wonders of Drumheller! Departing from Calgary, we'll drive through Alberta's rolling landscapes to the "Dinosaur Capital of the World." For our first stop, we will visit downtown Drumheller to see the iconic World's Largest Dinosaur, a towering T-rex sculpture. Next we will visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Explore life-sized dinosaur skeletons, interactive displays, and remarkable fossil discoveries, immersing yourself in Earth's ancient past. Next, visit the Star Mine Suspension Bridge over the Red Deer River Valley. Stroll across, enjoying the stunning views and tranquil surroundings. Then, explore the Willow Hoodoos, unique rock formations shaped by erosion. Capture the beauty of the Badlands landscape with its towering hoodoos and rugged terrain. After a morning of exploration, we'll head back to Calgary, reminiscing about our Drumheller adventures. Enjoy the scenic drive as we return to the city, with drop-offs at designated locations.

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What people are saying about Royal Tyrrell Museum

Overall rating

5.0
(3 reviews)

This was a fascinating day. The Royal Tyrell Museum was superb and the other visits were excellent. Our guide Ian was very knowledgeable and helpful. The picnic lunch was delicious. I would very highly recommend this excursion.

A fantastic, interesting and informative day. Amman was very friendly and helpful, nothing was a bother. Would highly recommend.

Thank you Yongbin haul for being enthusiastic guide and for such a wonderful trip…it was good day at Drumheller!!

Amber was an excellent guide and the Tyrell museum is very well curated and interesting museum of dinosaurs.

It was a great trip with many stops at beautiful places with lunch.