Known around the world for its unique microclimate, biodiversity and extraordinary paleontological attractions, the badlands of east-central Alberta compare with few places on earth. For those who hunt mule deer, whitetails, waterfowl or upland game birds, the region is definitely a bucket-list destination. And if you go, be sure to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, the Dinosaur Capital of the World.
Featuring more than 160,000 fossils of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, as well as other geological specimens from the surrounding region, the museum’s collection continues to grow by approximately 2,000 pieces a year.The Royal Tyrrell also houses one of the world’s largest dinosaur displays—including more than 40 complete dinosaur skeletons—making it well worth taking in once your day afield is complete. When in Drumheller, also set aside some time to climb the 106 stairs to the observation deck at the top of the “World’s Largest Dinosaur,” a 26.3-metre-tall Tyrannosaurus rex.
While upland hunters can chase birds on their own in Alberta, note that a hunter host or one of the province’s many professional outfitters must accompany non-resident big-game hunters. Regardless, if you spend enough time wandering through the badlands, you just might stumble upon some actual dinosaur bones—there’s a reason paleontologists flock to the area in search of the next great prehistoric discovery. Just be sure to call one of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s experts if you do find dino.