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Explore the Badlands
The Canadian Badlands is a popular tourist destination that offers unique attractions and scenic drives. The Badlands offers everything from birding, to museums, to Pioneer villages, and dinosaurs! It also offers scenic routes and trails, unique landscapes, and amazing photo opps! You can explore the Badlands on your own, or book one of the many available tours.
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Located in the Canadian Badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park is best known for (you guessed it) it's massive number of dinosaur finds! Over 40 different species have been found within the unique geological landscapes within the park. While much of the park is restricted to paleontologists, there are guided tours, fossil safaris, hiking trails, and a Paleontology museum to enjoy.
Visit the Gopher Museum
Strange, but definitely unique! The Gopher Hole Museum is home to a variety of stuffed gophers that have been placed into a variety of anthropomorphic situations. While entrance is not completely free, it is only a few dollars per person and is not something you will find anywhere else! It features gophers playing pool, dancing gophers, gophers pumping gas, and much more!
Check out the Hoodoos
The Hoodoos are a unique geological formation that are found within the Canadian Badlands. Each hoodoo stands 5-7 meters tall and took millions of years to form. You can see the Hoodoos by travelling the "Hoodoo Trail" (driving) or via hiking trail.
The Alabama Hills
The Alabama Hills are a series of rock formations that have been featured in many movies over the years. You can explore them via road or trail.
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Abraham Lake is a must see if in the area. During the summer months the lake is a stunning turquiose blue. In winter months, the lake is even more breattaking and holds frozen bubbles under the water. But onlookers beware! These beautiful bubbles are actually methane gas created from decomposed animals and plants. When popped, these bubbles can be extremely explosive!
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