Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, Alberta

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Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park is a provincial park in Central Alberta, Canada, located about 103km southeast of Red Deer and 16km east of Trochu. The park is situated along the Red Deer River and features badlands topography. Its name derives from the large plateau in the middle of the park, 200m above the Red Deer River, which has never been developed by humans and retains virgin prairie grasses.The park is situated at an elevation ranging from 720m to 875m and has a surface of 34.5km2.The park is the site of an ancient buffalo jump, where Cree native people drove bison over the cliffs in large numbers to provide for their tribes. The hills also contain unique flora and fauna that are not found this far east of the Rocky Mountains in as large numbers as at Dry Island. The park contains the most important Albertosaurus bone bed in the world, which was first discovered by Barnum Brown in 1910 and rediscovered by Dr. Phil Currie in 1997. The bone bed excavation was halted at the end of August, 2005. Dr. Currie left the Royal Tyrrell Museum in October 2005 to become the Canada Research Chair with the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Alberta. Under university auspices, excavation at the bone bed has continued in the summers of 2006, 2007 and 2008.
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  • We went about 26 km round trip to see this buffalo jump and we feel that it was worth the effort. This spot offers a panoramic view of beautiful canyon. The sun was perfect so the area was full of col...  more »
  • Excellent view of A canyon driving in. Road down to camping area very steep. Was a gravel road. Do not recommend driving down when road is wet. Had boat launch in camping area. Walking travels not cle...  more »
  • Not many people including locals seem to know about this place. It used to be a camping spot but then when it became a provincial park only day use areas were allowed. The day use areas have firepits ...  more »
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  • Nice place, even in the bone-chilling cold. Just don't try to drive your vehicle down the hill, as a friend did, because it may get stuck.
  • Amazing secluded camp sites right on the river. Potable water is only available at one site near the boat launch. One hour drive to Drumheller. It’s a great way to see the Badlands without camping amongst all the tourists.
  • Nice spot for a walk although the paths are hard to find through the fields. Don't go if it's wet and rainy because it becomes super slippery.
  • A quiet piece of awesome scenery. Off the beaten track, but well worth a visit.
  • Great place to camp. No services, so be ready to rough it. Hiking is great, as is the fishing and playing in the river. Camp sites can be private or some paired if camping with friends.
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