A Wander Through Southern Alberta: Dinosaurs and Badlands

This past weekend we took a day trip through a few of the attractions in the Lethbridge area.  We decided to take in both the Devil’s Coulee Museum in Warner, and Writing on Stone Provincial Park.IMG_20170904_095935

 

 

Our first stop was at the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Museum in the village of Warner.  This is a small dinosaur/village museum.  The bulk of it is devoted to the fossilized dinosaur nesting site found nearby.  You can tour the site, but we didn’t do that during our visit.  We toured the museum, and took advantage of one of their kids programs, during which they help the kids make a replica of a dinosaur footprint.  The staff were friendly, and the kids had a lot of fun.

After our time at the museum, we hopped back in the car and drove to Writing on Stone Provincial Park to eat lunch and go for a hike.  The Park is beautiful.  Sitting just north of the U.S. border, about half an hour east of Milk River, the park is set in a small valley next to the Milk River and full of some really great hoodoos.  The campground is well treed, and has two separate areas of hoodoos.  One for general wandering with a trail up to the visitors center, and another with a trail leading to an aboriginal stone carving depicting a battle from the 1800’s.  We took this trail.  The kids did great, making their way through the hoodoos while doing their best to stand on dangerous looking ledges and generally having a great time.  It’s about 3.5 km round trip.  All in all the park is both a great place to spend the day, as well as to camp.

If you’re in the area and looking for a couple neat places to visit, you’ve just gotten a quick overview of two of them!  It’s a great way to experience a good part of Alberta’s historical record.  Writing on Stone being a sacred site to the Blackfoot people, and Devil’s Coulee being home to a dinosaur nesting site.  We’re just lucky to live in an area where so many neat attractions within an hour or so from our house.

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