This area was named the badlands in the early 1900s by fur trappers because of the rugged terrain, extreme temperatures and lack of water. It’s like a desert of eroded clay spires, ridges and gullies.
We stopped at a viewpoint to see the area from higher ground. Due to the snow, it was not as impressive as it is in the summer but we still got a feel for the terrain.
This area has the most diverse dinosaur findings in the world.
We passed the Worlds Largest Dinosaur (which actually has a viewing deck) on our way to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
This Dinosaur and fossil museum is excellent; the exhibits are well presented and many are interactive. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. It’s collection contains more than 130,000 fossils which is why their exhibits are always changing. The Tyrrell is also a working centre for ongoing research. I strongly recommend this museum for all ages.
Too soon it was time to head back to Calgary where Louise and I cooked a lamb dinner and we played board games for the rest of the evening.