Dinosaur Provincial Park
48 km northeast of
Brooks, Alberta, Canada
Deep in the Alberta Badlands the landscape is otherworldly - so bizarre to the eyes and the imagination that standing in the middle of it feels somewhat like standing on the moon.
Dinosaur Provincial Park is the heart and soul of this ruggedly unforgiving territory - a sprawling, breathtaking, and distinctly unique expanse of land defined by hoodoos and warm, dry winds.
Its name, of course, wasn't given without cause. The park is home to one of the richest dinosaur fossil deposits on the planet. The remains of 40 different species of dinosaurs have been unearthed here thus far, and bone beds across the park have yielded an astounding 300+ specimens since excavations began in 1955. Dinosaur Provincial Park is a prehistoric treasure trove, and as such was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.
Access to some of the park is limited due to the delicate nature of its contents and terrain (and the teams of paleontologists that descend on it every spring.) But that doesn't limit things for visitors to do. The visitor centre is brimming with exhibits, fossils and information on the geology and history of the park. There's a theatre, a fossil prep lab to explore, and a plethora of public programs from June through September.