Drumheller Tour | Explore East-Central Alberta

  

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Drumheller Tour

Across the badlands of east-central Alberta, discover a wide range of diverse, entertaining, and unforgettable cities, towns, and attractions. Start off in the Red Deer area, make your way south through Calgary, and eventually land in Lethbridge on this Alberta drive tour.

Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Innisfail 

Embark on this east-central Alberta tour with a visit to Red Deer. You’ll have plenty to see and do – visit the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, or check out neighbor cities like Sylvan Lake or Innisfail.

Must See

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is one of the premier destinations in the province. Tour the 7,000 square feet where you’ll find the 40-seat theatre for viewing clips and highlights, thousands of artifacts, and there’s also the Ice and Snow Gallery. Many visitors enjoy the challenge of the Treadwall Climbing Wall.

Local Guide

A multi-purpose arena, the ENMAX Centrium is the primary home to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. Seating 6,700 spectators, the ENMAX Centrium hosts a slew of concerts, performances, curling events, and conventions throughout the year.

Outdoor

Ideal for any spring or summer visit to the Red Deer area, the Jungle Farm is one of Innisfail’s top attractions. Since it first started growing crops in 1897, the Jungle Farm has expanded to include family-favorite activities like the pumpkin slingshot, a petting zoo, a corn and bale maze, and wagon rides around the farm.

Sundre, Olds, Three Hills

Not far south from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, and Innisfail is the trifecta of Three Hills, Olds, and Sundre. Continue this drive tour along the Queen Elizabeth II Hwy., where you’ll find even more attractions and charms.

Must See

In Olds, be sure to make time to visit the Mountain View Museum & Archives. See more than 7,000 artifacts dedicated to the early days of Olds and the surrounding Drumheller area. Guided tours are available – you’ll visit the 1920 AGT Building, and learn a bit about The Battle of Olds.

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Enjoy a fun day on the links when you play 18 at the Coyote Creek Golf Club. One of the premier golf courses in Sundre, Coyote Creek Golf Club is broken into two – the Deer Nine and the Coyote Nine. You can play one or both, then check out the Coyote Den Restaurant for a post-round snack.

Outdoor

Take the kids over to the GuZoo Animal Farm in Three Hills. Primates, felines, bears, and birds are in abundance at GuZoo Animal Farm. Enjoy a day of animal sightseeing from May 1st through the end of fall.

Aidrie, Calgary, Okotoks, Strathmore

Continue the journey south and find your way into Calgary. A hub of commerce, entertainment, and tourism, Calgary yields a wealth of things to see and do. Whether it’s the Calgary Tower, Scotiabank Saddledome, or the Shaw Millennium Park, make the most of your time in Calgary.

Must See

Calaway Park is an ideal way to spend the day with the family. Just west of downtown Calgary, and a short drive from nearby Okotoks, Calaway Park is the largest amusement park in western Canada. Opened in 1982, Calaway Park features a total of 32 rides, two roller coasters, and three water slides.

Local Guide

Don’t miss the Canada Olympic Park when you visit the Calgary area. Host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Canada Olympic Park yields excellent skiing in the winter months, and plenty to see and do during the spring and summer. From the zip line courses to the mountain biking trails – enjoy some time at the Canada Olympic Park.

Outdoor

Covering 127 acres, the Heritage Park Historical Village is an exemplary attraction in Calgary. Visit from Aidrie or Strathmore and check out more than 100 exhibits across this living history museum.

Medicine Hat

This leg of the tour takes you southeast into Medicine Hat. A charming and vibrant city near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, Medicine Hat is easily accessed from the Trans-Canada Highway 1. You’ll find an array of exciting and inspiring things to do and see when you visit Medicine Hat.

Must See

You won’t want to miss the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat. Found along the southern shore of the South Saskatchewan River, between 3 Avenue and Railway Street, the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre hosts performances, revolving art displays, and is home to the Archives and Museum.

Local Guide

Check out the Medicine Hat Speedway – it’s one of the top raceways in the province. The Medicine Hat Speedway hosts a number of different races across a variety of divisions. Opened in 1984, the Medicine Hat Speedway has been entertaining racing fans for years. Racing at the track typically opens up in late May.

Outdoor

Especially ideal for any spring or summer visit to Medicine Hat, the Echo Dale Regional Park is one of the largest in the city, yielding a variety of outdoor fun. Hike, walk, jog, mountain bike, and bird watch – all in a day at the Echo Dale Regional Park. When you’re looking to take a dip and cool down, check out the Echo Dale Swim Lake.

Lethbridge

Your final stop on this Drumheller drive tour in east-central Alberta is Lethbridge. From Medicine Hat, you’ll head west along Crowsnest Highway less than 170 kilometers. Lethrbridge was incorporated as a town in 1890, then as a city in 1906. It’s home to the Nicholas Sheran Park, and the Galt Museum & Archives.

Must See

Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden on your visit to Lethbridge. Open daily, this Japanese garden yields a tranquil ambiance, picturesque landscapes, and hosts a number of events throughout the year.

Local Guide

At the Helen Shuler Nature Center, you and the family will be treated to a full day of exhibits, self-guided and guided tours, live animals, and plenty of hands-on activities for the kids. The Junior Naturalists and the Extreme by Nature are just two of the programs where the kids can really get involved.

Outdoor

Be sure to travel with your clubs on your tour through east-central Alberta – book a tee time at the Paradise Canyon Golf Course and experience some of the best golf in the province. Opened in 1992, Paradise Canyon Golf Course is 18 holes, and features a 25-tee box driving range on-site.