My girlfriend and I visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta recently to see the Suncor Nodosaur. It’s known as the best preserved armoured dinosaur fossil in the world. It’s nothing short of unbelievable. There’s five reasons why you MUST put the Royal Tyrrell Museum on your travel bucket list. Obviously there’s many more reasons to visit, but 5 is a good solid number.
1. The Nodosaur is 110-million years old, making it the oldest known fossil ever found in Canada. Drumheller, Alberta is known for its fossils, but when the Nodosaur was uncovered at the Millennium Mine north of Fort McMurray, it created headlines across the nation and around the world.
In its prime, the Nodosaur, one of the armoured plant-eating dinosaurs, was 18 feet long and would have weighed 3,000 pounds. It died in a flooded river and was sent downstream to the ocean. It’s been said that if the creature would have floated feet further, it would have been outside Suncor’s lands and wouldn’t have been found. The Suncor Nodosaur is a miracle.
2. The Dinosaur Hall is one of my favourite places in Alberta. Yes, they’ve got some of the most incredible complete casts and original skeletons, but for me, it’s got nostalgia. I used to camp with the Scouts in the Dinosaur Hall. The hall is one of the older parts of the museum.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum went through a massive $9.3 million renovation, and has increasingly become a tourism jewel for the community of Drumheller. It’s one of Canada’s most amazing facilities, and one that I enjoy returning to time after time.
3. Black Beauty (Tyrannosaurus Rex)
Black Beauty, a T-Rex fossil stained black during fossilization by magnesium, was located along the Crowsnest River by students in the Crowsnest Pass. The fossil is now at the Tyrrell Museum on spectacular display. The Crowsnest Pass also has a special place in my heart because I used to live and work out of Blairmore, Alberta.
4. Midland Provincial Park (Getting outdoors)
This past visit of ours was the first time we checked out Midland Provincial Park (where the Royal Tyrrell Museum is located). It was a perfect, short hike along the interpretive trail. Many people pair up a visit with Horseshoe Canyon, Horse Thief Canyon and even the famed hoodoos. If you’re visiting the area, make sure you get out and about into this world famous landscape.
5. The full package.
Drumheller Alberta is one of my favourite places on Earth. I’ve visited it twice for my travel show Traveling with Krushworth. If you’re coming to Alberta, the museum is a must see. However, for those traveling through, it’s well worth it to stay in town and enjoy some of the hikes and the trails.