The Drumheller Valley is home to dinosaurs, a prolific coal mining history, art galleries, festivals and the Canadian Badlands Passion Play. All great reasons to stop in for a weekend getaway.
DRUMHELLER, AB - The Drumheller Valley is home to dinosaurs, a
prolific coal mining history, art galleries, festivals and the Canadian
Badlands Passion Play. All great reasons to stop in for a weekend
And The Heartwood Inn and Spa is the perfect hub for your
adventures. Located in the middle of Drumheller, the Heartwood is an
old estate home surrounded by lovely English-inspired gardens. Inside
the big blue house are eight distinctive guest rooms where pillows have
slipped under the heads of movie stars (Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson),
artists, golfers, musicians and many couples on a romantic getaway.
These guests have also awoken to the smell of Zeke’s famous Berry
Stuffed French Toast and then plan for a day in the Badlands.
Enjoy the scenery and a play
must-attend event is the Canadian Badlands Passion Play which is set in
a stunning outdoor performance setting - a natural amphitheatre on the
outskirts of Drumheller where audiences are mesmerized by the acoustics,
the beauty of the landscape and by the show. It’s been 19 years since
the first performance but year after year the annual nine-day event
builds into yet another blockbuster series of plays. It’s the same story
every year based on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
but each year brings fresh ideas told in a fresh new way.
of performers from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and even
Ontario come to participate in the three-hour-long shows. Considering
they are in the searing summer heat of the Badlands, their costumes
cleverly conceal water bottles.
Spectators are encouraged to
prepare for all types of weather as the show goes rain or shine. Hats,
blankets, warm jackets, sunscreen lotion, water and raincoats are all
suggested, along with bringing a cushion to sit on.
The annual event runs every July for nine days.
Rosebud Theatre in nearby Rosebud makes for another good reason to head
to the Badlands. Take in a dinner theatre performance and instead of
heading back to the city, stay at the Heartwood to explore the valley
the next day.
Put The Royal Tyrrell Museum on your “to-do” list
the prehistoric past back to life with an expedition to the Royal
Tyrrell Museum near Drumheller. Find out what creatures lived here
millions of years ago in a landscape immensely different than the one
you’ll see today. Huge land dinosaurs, massive sea creatures, thick
tropical forests and tiny, yet significant, insects dominated the area.
Now they lay under thick layers of sediment to be slowly discovered. The
Tyrrell Museum is home to some of the most significant fossils on the
planet — everything from a stunning Tyrannosaurus Rex to a flying turtle
to proof that some dinosaurs had feathers. Inside the museum, thousands
of fossils are displayed in such realistic settings you tend to peek
over your shoulder in fear.
Badlands are for exploring
topography is what brings so many people to the valley and there are
some wonderful places to hike to see it all. Take in the trails in
Midland Provincial Park, Horseshoe Canyon or walk the quick boardwalk
around the Hoodoos southeast of town near East Coulee. At the Tyrrell
Museum take a walk with a paleontologist. The first fossil found here
– the Albertosaurus Sarcophagus - was found by a geologist looking for
Downtown Drumheller is an art lover’s retreat
the Badlands and away from the museums is the quiet almost forgotten
downtown district. Lately, galleries have been dusting off the shuttered
stores to display fantastic artwork. Paintings, sculptures and
photography mostly based on the rugged topography are gracing the
windows, inviting you in to see more. Many of the artists are from the
region. The works are beautiful and don’t come with the big city price
The Heartwood Spa
Exploring the arid
Badlands can be taxing on your body and skin, but the Heartwood Spa has
remedies for this. Rejuvenate with a massage or a facial after a dry
and hot day exploring the arid, otherworldly landscape.
Charming Inns of Alberta
Heartwood Inn and Spa is a member of The Charming Inns of Alberta.
Those inns are exactly what they say – charming. The dozen inns are
located all over Alberta and offer different experiences. At the core,
they are quaint, offering a home away from home experience.