Planning a Trip
By Car -- From Calgary (130km; 81 miles), take Highway 2 north to Route 72 east. Take 72 through Beiseiker, a Hutterite community, where it becomes Route 9, which takes you into central Drumheller.
By Bus -- Greyhound Canada (tel. 800/661-8747 or 403/218-3000; www.greyhound.ca) runs buses from Calgary to Drumheller twice daily. The trip takes about two hours, and the cost is C$66.90 round-trip.
The Drumheller Visitor Information Centre and Chamber of Commerce (60 1st Ave. W; tel. 866/823-8100 or 403/823-7703; www.traveldrumheller.com) is located in a small building next to the big toe of the World's Largest Dinosaur, a giant sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that towers over the north part of town. Literally, you can't miss it -- it's visible from everywhere, its menacing scowl the dominant feature of Drumheller's modest skyline. Here, you'll find information on absolutely everything, from hiking to museums to tours to accommodation. Staff members are even willing to make calls on your behalf if you're stuck for a place to stay.
The World's Biggest Dinosaur -- It's a pretty easy claim, given that the giant T-Rex statue straddling the Drumheller Tourism office is about four times the size the real McCoy ever was, but kids will still love climbing up the gigantic beast's innards to reach the observation deck in his mouth. Stare out at Drumheller and the badlands beyond through the massive, pointy teeth.