Fun Family Day Trips & Tours

Happy Long Weekend, Calgary!

It's going to be a rainy weekend here in the city, but that means this is a great chance to venture out to nearby attractions! Check out these great day trip options for this weekend:

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology:

The Drumheller dinosaur museum is at the top of our list because there is so much available for you to do when you go there. First, enjoy the beautiful drive through the heart of Alberta's prairies that slowly turn into the badlands. In the town of Drumheller there are plenty of places to stop for lunch, along with over 30 dinosaur statues hidden around the town. Don't forget to climb the world's biggest dinosaur statue, a massive T-Rex standing 86 ft. tall, at the heart of Drumheller. The vantage point from its mouth boasts beautiful views. 

At the Royal Tyrell Museum there are beautiful, life-like, to-scale exhibits for you to marvel at. This immersive, interactive experience will walk you through every stage of the dinosaur age, inspiring both young and old alike. Take advantage of the free programs they run, such as story time and guided hikes into the badlands. They also have a wide array of programs for kids where they can hike to real excavation sites!

Learn from this world-renowned museum and its experts on a day trip you won't forget. 

Vulcan, Alberta:

This quirky town of just over 2000 people has embraced its identity among the stars as the premier tourist stop for all trekkies. That's right: a small town in Alberta is Star Trek's biggest fan. 

The Vulcan Visitor Information Centre was built to resemble a landed space ship. Inside you'll find Star Trek memorabilia, a gift shop and the history behind this unique town. Having embraced their Star Trek identity, Vulcan offers the perfect photo opportunity for anyone who dreams of having Scotty beam them up to join Spock. 

Spend an afternoon exploring the great town of Vulcan in all of its Star Trek glory. 

Frank Slide:

In 1903 the peaceful town of Frank, Alberta, located in Crowsnest Pass, was awoken by the sound of Turtle Mountain shedding its shell. In what would become the deadliest rockslide in Alberta's history, the town of Frank was buried by 82 million tonnes of rock. 

The site of the slide has been turned into a memorial for people to learn about this significant historic event. You can walk through the trails carved into the rock rumble and explore a state-of-the-art interpretative centre. Watch a documentary on the event in the centre's beautiful indoor theatre and experience the power of nature. With so much to do indoors and outdoors, this day trip is sure to be memorable.

Enjoy the beautiful drive to Frank! 

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