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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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TripAdvisor
  • Lovely spot off the beaten path for a picnic or a hike. Beautiful landscapes. Can get hot so dress in layers. No amenities except for toilets.  more »
  • visited 10 & 20 Oct.2016 - very well keept national parc! Bisons, elks, mooses, great nature (also when snow....!). Different hikes possible. Had a gread time there!!  more »
  • We drove approx. 190km north of Calgary. Nice day's outing. Enjoyed the freedom of an undeveloped site, hiking is just following wild life trails, or no trails at all. Very few visitors, "have it for ...  more »
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  • Love this little-known gem in the middle of the Badlands. Great hiking in this area on unofficial trails!
  • Beautiful park. Fantastic views from the top, you can drive down or walk if it's too muddy and wander for hours enjoying the unique beauty the badlands have to offer. Fall and spring are the best times to visit- less bugs.
  • It's Wonderful I try to come here at least once a year if not more. I love climbing the hills and trekking through the fields. Often see wildlife. It's got several picnic sites, they are all nice and shady. There's a big clearing near the river that's perfect for playing frisbee. If you have not been here yet you need to come and check it out! Truly a hidden gem!
  • Loads of hills for climbing. The view before entering the valley is spectacular!
  • Relaxing atmosphere, kids had a blast, fishing was amazing!!