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getaways from Calgary

Alberta’s Dinosaurs: Your Guide to a Weekend in Canada’s Badlands

By Meghan J. Ward

Alberta's Dinosaurs—Royal Tyrrell Museum

Alberta’s dinosaurs on display at the Royal Tyrell Museum (Photo: Royal Tyrell Museum)

Alberta’s dinosaurs may be extinct, but they live on in the Canadian Badlands. The region, which takes up of the southeast corner of the province, has one of the richest dinosaur fossil deposits in the world and makes for an excellent getaway for visitors or locals. Using Calgary as a base, we offer this weekend trip that follows the path of Alberta’s dinosaurs from the region where most species were discovered in Dinosaur Provincial Park to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where many of the fossils are now on display.

When to go: To get a snow-free experience, try from May through October.

What to bring: Water bottles, a hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, snacks, camera and, if you’re camping, food for dinner and your cooking gear.

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Off the Beaten Path: Waterton Lakes National Park

By Alina Seagal

Waterton Lakes National Park (Photo: Alina Seagal)

Next time you want to hit an Alberta national park, think outside Banff or Jasper. Discover Waterton Lakes National Park, a four-hour drive through Kananaskis Country and wide-open prairies south of Calgary. (more…)