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Dinosaur Provincial Park

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Address: Township Road 210A | Patricia, Patricia, Alberta T0J 2K0, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Dinosaur Provincial Park UNESCO World Heritage Site is located 48 km...

Dinosaur Provincial Park UNESCO World Heritage Site is located 48 km northeast (1/2 hour drive) from Brooks, Alberta (NOT at or near Drumheller). There is a campground, picnic area, walking trails, Public Scenic Loop Road with 2 outdoor fossil displays and Visitor Centre with museum, theatre, giftshop. Concession (food services) from May to mid October. No entrance fee into park. Small exhibit gallery/museum fee. Fees for guided bus tours and hikes. Check on the park's official website and book ahead of your visit as tours and camping fill up in the summer.

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Dirty but Digging it.

We have travelled around the world and lived in some very interesting places. However, this past summer we decided to stay in Alberta and avail ourselves of the places that we... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
Chestermere, Canada
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Chestermere, Canada
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

We have travelled around the world and lived in some very interesting places. However, this past summer we decided to stay in Alberta and avail ourselves of the places that we had not previously. Actually, Dinosaur Park is totally underrated and under advertised. We loved the comfort camping. It was like being on safari. For me, the highlight was being... More 

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

We were touring in a motorhome and decided to head east from Calgary to visit this park. It's quite a drive and apparently unusual for motorhome rentals to head east but we thought it was work it. You drive over plains for miles then start to see where the canyon is cutting into the landscape. Driving down into the canyon... More 

1 Thank Jenny V
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

This was the highlight of our two weeks in Alberta. I was so worried reading all the reviews of the carnivorous mosquitoes- but it was all good. Yes, you need bug spray, also buy a thermacell bug repellent device for around the campground. We sat out for three nights in a row- and were fine. First time I ever saw... More 

Thank RainyYVR
Stoney Creek, Ontario
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We took the two hour guided Explorer's Bus Tour around the park, which I highly recommend -- what an amazing introduction to the Badlands. We learned a lot, had a lot of fun and were blown away by our surroundings (on our last stop of the tour, our guide pointed out that it is the quietest place on earth --... More 

Thank April M
Highland Village, Texas
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

We did the Explorers Bus Tour on a Wednesday afternoon. I booked a week early through the website, and I'm glad I did, as it was sold out when we go to the park about an hour and a half early. We had lunch in the cafe near the visitor center (pretty poor, but it was filling, at least). The... More 

Thank Kyle N
Whitehorse, Canada
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Spent two days in the park, doing the short, self-guided hikes and a longer, guided tour into the restricted part of the park. It is really nicely set up for a 2-3 day stay, with a lovely, quiet campground, beautiful fall colours, and a well-organized and interesting assortment of hikes and activities. The guided tour was a real treat. The... More 

Thank Geoff W
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

WOW! Worth the long drive from Calgary. It was amazing. We had previously booked 2 tours to ensure that we covered as much as possible. The view from the entrance was worth the trip alone. To be able to see dinosaur fossils in situ was nothing short of mind blowing. What I could not understand was why more 'digs' were... More 

1 Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

We came for the Dinos but fell in awe with the scenery. This is a captivating place of history, palaeontology and adventurers who came for riches or coal and started the dinosaur run. Book tours in advance to see the world famous bones.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We rented a vehicle for the 42km drive northeast through irrigated farmland from Brooks, Alberta. From the parking lot, there was a 1/2km uphill walk to the new museum. It displays the early 1900 competition by American paleontologists to excavate fossils, the particular dinosaurs found, and a general overview for the regions geology. We then drove the 3km route exposing... More 

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DPPWHS, Public Relations Manager at Dinosaur Provincial Park, responded to this review

The parking lot for the Park Visitor Centre is less than 300 metres away, on a short trail and watch for the Raptor along the way. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We drove through hundreds of kms of wheat fields before arriving at the entrance to the park to be greeted by an almost surreal panorama of hoodoo mounds. Entry is free and there are several short walks which are all worth doing as they have different aspects of dinosaur fossil discovery. Special mention to the cafeteria with the appropriate name... More 

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