Dinosaur Provincial Park
Canada’s biggest badlands are also its most fecund fossil fields for dinosaurs. See fossils in the wild via the guided interpretive programs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ongoing palaeontology and research projects bring out the explorer in everyone. There are trails to hike and tours to take on this nature reserve, too, with camping just a short hop away.
Must-do: This road trip is a two-parter. The town of Drumheller is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum collection of dinosaur fossils, one of the most complete in the world. It’s also where you’ll find a giant model T. rex. Climb inside and take in the surrounding badlands from its jaws.
Best route: Fly to Calgary and drive 1.5 hours east.