Dinosaur Provincial Park Patricia
Where are we going today?
Jurassic Park...Land Before Time...these maybe Hollywood movies, but they are also based on something that was once very REAL on our planet! That's right...dinosaurs!
The Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta is the perfect place for families and kids who are fascinated by these huge creatures that once roamed the earth millions of years ago.
When you visit the Dinosaur Provincial Park, it will be like stepping into another world, with discover around every corner!
There is SO much outdoor adventure to be had too. You can explore the Badlands, or even camp out under the stars. Even more exciting, you can even participate in a fully authentic dinosaur dig! The whole area is abundant with fossils, and to top it off, there is amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes to keep you occupied too.
Did you know that the Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Now THAT shows you how special is it!
There are guided tours into the park's Natural Preserves, and these are popular so make sure you book ahead!
As well as guided tours, there are kids and family programs that you can take part in which are super fun! Form sunset tours, fossil safaris, and lab programs...there will be something that interests you!
If you want to make a few days of it, there is RV and tent camping in the area too that you can enjoy.
Step back in time millions of years into the time of the dinosaurs....imagine if they were still alive...eeek!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 for exhibit gallery. Tours vary
- Children$2 for exhibit gallery. Tours vary
- Free Under: 7 years for exhibit gallery
When can we go?
Visitor Center hours 9am open. Close between 4pm and 7pm.
All year round. CLosed weekends and holidays in winter
They do welcome group tours, so it's best you give them a call to see how they can help you out!.
There is a Cretaceous Cafe that has food (closed for winter) and snacks available in the visitors center.
There are picnic areas that you can enjoy your own packed lunch at. .
Any Top Tips?
Most of the park is a Natural Preserve, where the very popular interpretive bus tours and hikes are staged. On these events you see spectacular badlands, fossils and sometimes wildlife. However, this area has restricted access to protect sensitive features and public safety. Entry is only by guided program, and there is limited room, so book ahead..
Need a little extra help?
There are some barrier free trails and accessible camp spots. Speak to the visitors center staff about your specific trip. .
There are a number of self-guided tours that you can do in the park!.
What people are saying?
by Jay Rock
This was a easy to trip to enjoy. The area has plenty to offer.
the hiking, the scenery ,the thoughts on how it was created. Bring a camera for images
that will always be a conversation. First Rattle snake I have seen in Alberta. Posted the pic,again all should visit or camp at least once.
by Jenn Kerr
This is my favourite place in the world. I return as often as I can. Wonderful for hiking and climbing and exploring and just in general enjoying the outdoors just as much as it is for fossil hunting. I recommend taking the hiking tours and really experiencing the incredible badlands.
by John Greenshields
For 120$ a night for "Comfort Camping", I was greeted with a rattail of feces across the back of the seat (until I cleaned it off after waiting for a day) in the shared bathroom without lights. ALSO TO BE CLEAR the Tyrell Museum and the Royal Alberta Museum are both 100s OF KM away from this park. I brought friends from Japan and was SO ASHAMED at the crappy conditions of the accommodations. Our friends' BBQ didn't even work, until it was replaced by an even more filthy one when we only had one meal left (it was too dirty so they used ours which...Read More
One of the best and most enjoyable places that I have been to in Canada and I have to say that I have been everywhere from East, in NL to West in BC. Since I'm not a fan of campgrounds and rather to sleep in hotel, would not say anything about that. However if you are going by the river do not forget to take your thick clothing and face net as there will be thousands if not tens of thousands of mosquitoes in there.
by Indo Gemstone
by John Greenshields
For 120$ a night for "Comfort Camping", I was greeted with a rattail of feces across the back of the seat (until I cleaned it off after waiting for a day) in the shared bathroom without lights. ALSO TO BE CLEAR the Tyrell Museum and the Royal Alberta Museum are both 100s OF KM away from this park. I brought friends from Japan and was SO ASHAMED at the crappy conditions of the accommodations. Our friends' BBQ didn't even work, until it was replaced by an even more filthy one when we only had one meal left (it was too dirty so they used ours which was also filthy). Their picnic table had holes in the boards and most of the paint gone. They asked for another but were never given one. The staff was young and indifferent, although usually pleasant. They never were able to find me a comment card... AND the kicker: showers are 2$ FOR 5 MINUTES! AFTER THE 120$ we payed. I will tell everyone I know never to camp there and will be seeking a refund.