We went to DrumhellerAlberta, Canada for the day. We went there before in July 1999. Nikon Coolpix P4 ©


It was a lovely cool but sunny day. We passed an abandoned house near Linden, covered with graffiti. Nikon. D70 ©


Graffiti. Nikon D70 ©


We had breakfast in Linden, at the Country Cousins Restaurant. We had a big plate of German sausage, eggs, homemade hash and toast served by friendly Mennonite ladies. Nikon. ©

“Country Cousins, Linden – There’s often a lineup for the Mennonite buffet, featuring sausage, broccoli and cauliflower salads and the famous peanut butter pie.” – Canadian Badlands


A unique prairie community because it is not located on a railroad, Linden has no grain elevators, but has a large number of manufacturing businesses. Mennonite farmers established Linden in the 1930’s and today, intensive agricultural operations can be found in the area. For visitors, various recreation activities are available – two dams are kept stock with trout, many hiking trails are in the river valley, and the adventurous visitors can cross Alberta’s only covered bridge on a hiking trail. Other activities include the custom Woolen Mills – the only woolen mill in western Canada.” –  Canadian Badlands


We saw Bison at Tumble Weed Bison near Acme. It was more cloudy and windy in the Badlands; fortunately we had brought warmer clothes. Nikon. ©


Drumheller Valley Map.

We drove to Orkney for our fist view over the canyon, past The Royal Tyrell museum, we didn’t go into the world class dinosaur museum, as we had been there before, we saw the Little Church, a Grain Elevator and Horse-thief Canyon.


The Royal Tyrell museum, Nikon. ©


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The Royal Tyrrell Museum is in the heart of the badlands, located 6 kilometres northwest of Drumheller in Midland Provincial Park. Our building covers more than 11,200 sq.metres (120,000 sq.ft.) with more than 4,400 sq.metres devoted to displays!” – Alberta community profiles


Horse-thief canyon, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Please click on photo for a larger image. Nikon. ©


Canadian Badlands
“Covering a broad swath of southern and eastern Alberta, the Canadian Badlands are a unique place to explore. Eons of compressed sea deposits have been carved by glaciation and subsequent erosion into a striking landscape of strangely-sculpted badland formations and rolling prairies bisected by coulees and deep river valleys. This rapid erosion has exposed rich deposits of fossilized dinosaur bones and coal, the latter prompting a short-lived but colourful era of mining. “ – Canada Badlands


Please click on photo for a larger image. Nikon. ©


Please click on photo for a larger image. Nikon. ©


Please click on photo for a larger image. Nikon. ©

What is now Drumheller once lay on the Coastal Lowlands by a vast Inland Sea. The environment was ideal for the dinosaurs that roamed the area. Great sheets of ice that crept down from the north retreated little more than 10,000 years ago carving deep trenches into the prairie landscape. Erosion has since sculpted the hillsides, uncovering the bones of dinosaurs and shaping the dramatic and mysterious badlands. Early explorers noted the coal and bones in the valley – and prosperity as the first mine opened in 1911. The world classRoyal Tyrrell Museum is located here and town services a large agricultural and ranch area. “ – Canadian Badlands.


Cold! Nikon D70. ©


Hoodoos, Drumheller, Alberta. October 2007. Nikon. ©


My shadow. Nikon Digital © Please click on photo for larger image.


We went to the Hoodoos, where we climbed higher for a better view; the weather was a bit warmer here and there were fewer tourists than last time.


Flood waters from melting glaciers carved the Red Deer River valley more than 10,000 years ago, exposing dinosaur fossils and creating what is known as the badlands.


“A badlands (also badland) is a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. It can resemble malpaís, a terrain of volcanic rock.Canyonsravinesgullieshoodoos and other such geological forms are common in badlands. They are often difficult to navigate by foot. Badlands often have a spectacular color display that alternates from dark black/blue coal stria to bright clays to red scoria.” –Wikipedia




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Nikon D70 ©


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Nikon D70 ©




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“Hoodoos are tall thin spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and badlands. They are composed of soft sedimentary rock, and are topped by a piece of harder, less easily-eroded stone that protects the column from the elements. Hoodoos range in size from that of an average human to heights exceeding a 10-story building. Formed in sedimentary rock, hoodoo shapes are affected by the erosional patterns of alternating hard and softer rock layers. Minerals deposited within different rock types cause hoodoos to have different colors throughout their height.” – Wikipedia


Little Church Please click on photo for a larger image. Nikon. ©


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Drumheller’s Little Church
Located on North Dinosaur Trail across from the Golf Course. Seating 10,000 People 6 at a Time.First constructed in 1958 by Local Contractor, Tvgve Seland in cooperation with the Ministerial Association in 1968. It was designed as a place of worship and meditation and not just a tourist attractionThe Little Church is a 7 X 11 foot building and has six one-person pews, a pulpit and a steeple that contains a brass bell. The original structure was rebuilt in 1991 by Drumheller Institution’s Vocational Carpenter Shop, to exact dimensions.”


“Seating 10,000 People 6 at a Time”  “First constructed in 1958 by Local Contractor, Tvgve Seland in cooperation with the Ministerial Association in 1968. It was designed as a place of worship and meditation and not just a tourist attraction. This little Church, during it’s first 10 months of operation was visited by more than 36,000 visitors. The Little Church is a 7 X 11 foot building and has six one-person pews, a pulpit and a steeple that contains a brass bell. The original structure was rebuilt in 1991 by Drumheller Institution’s Vocational Carpenter Shop, to exact dimensions.”  – Virtually Drumheller


Grain Elevator, Drumheller. Please click for larger image. Nikon. ©


We had coffee and lovely homemade Apple pie for lunch at the Rosedeer Hotel and Last chance saloon in Wayne, a small Boom-town near Drumheller.  Nikon. ©


Wayne is off the main valley highway, cross 11 one-lane bridges to get to town-site. Nikon. ©


Nikon. ©


The whole place was covered with all kinds of interesting things, lots of old antiques, a stuffed Black bear head wearing glasses, badges were pinned to a deer trophy, etc. Nikon. ©


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Wayne:  Once a thriving mining town, boasting a population of over 3000, Wayne is now almost a ghost town, it’s population now approximately 40. The tiny village is about 10 miles southeast of Drumheller and getting there is an adventure in itself. The four mile stretch between Rosedale and Waynehas 11 one lane bridges to cross, each with a wooden plank bed. Wayne has a colorful history dating back to the days when there were 4 mines in the town and over 2000 miners. At that time Wayne’s population was larger than Drumheller’s. It was an isolated community before the road was built, so everything and everybody came in by railroad. Today the only business that has survived in Wayne is the Rosedeer Hotel.The Hotel, built in 1913 is the only structure remaining of the mining days. Inside the Saloon you will find the walls covered with old black and white photographs of Wayne and the coal mines plus a collection of mining gear. One of the most unique attractions featured in the Rosedeer Hotel is the Band Box. In the early forties the American Wurlitzer Company introduced the “Band Box” to their business. Consisting of a small stage and seven small electronically operated band members. Only two of these “Band Boxes” were sold in Canada. In 1950 due to fire the other Band Box was completely destroyed, leaving this as the only known remaining “Band Box” on display. “

“From Drumheller to the community of Wayne, count the number of one-way bridges over the Rosebud Creek. The answer is in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Wayne offers a campground for visitors. While traveling through the beautiful Wintering Hills pass through the hamlet of Dalum with its striking Lutheran Church. ” – Canadian Badlands


Boomtown Trail: communities sprang to life almost overnight around a century ago, spurred on by the expansion of the railways. This rapid development led to a very distinctive style of architecture, characterized by a grandly designed front covering a more humble building behind it. Known as “boomtown” architecture, it was typical of many buildings in the North American west at the turn of the 20th century. Today, it is becoming more and more of a rarity to see it anywhere other than in the movies.”


“The Rosedeer Hotel opened 1913 in the dusty boomtown of Wayne, Alberta. Back then, the population swelled to over 2,500 but since the mines closed up in the 1950s it has dipped to just over two dozen.” 


Last Chance Saloon in Wayne
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Wayne, Nikon. ©


The dogs were very brave to cross the The Star Mine Suspension bridge, a 117 meter long suspension bridge across the Red Deer River in Drumheller, Alberta. “Constructed in 1931, it was built for the coal workers of Star Mine. In 1958, the Albertaprovincial government rebuilt. ” –Wikipedia




Star Mine Suspension Bridge. Nikon. ©


Last Chance Saloon in Wayne




  1. What a fabulous post, Tokeloshe–wonderful photos, an intriguing destination and a great travelogue. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post. This looks like my kind of place and I’ve added Drumheller to my “Hope to See Soon” list thanks to you. Totsiens!


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