Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, Alberta
Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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.Plan your Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Big Valley using our Big Valley family vacation planner.
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Due to special geographic infrastructure, it's super beautiful in Fall. It's a good place to good to see Fall colors. Less people here than Banff or Kananaskis. A good place for camping and BBQ as wel... read more »
The story behind the Buffalo Jump is compelling but really it is the scenery that makes it worthwhile. The Park has put up a few information placards about the buffalo jump but it won't take more than... read more »
Dry Island Buffalo jump is almost spooky- one minute you're driving along the seemingly endless, flat grassy plains of Alberta, the next minute you're standing at the end of this truly enormous, incre... read more »
A grand and wonderful vista suddenly opens up as if from thin air from the rolling prairies and you drop back to the stone age. The buffalo jump itself is secondary to the beauty of the Red Deer River Valley, which is reached by driving down switch back turns(no trailers) through the Alberta Badlands at its most scenic. The Dry Island is a small plateau that the river's flow has long since left it standing away from the river, hence the name. The top of the dry island has never been able to access grazing animals and is still home to some prehistoric flora. There is no overnight camping at the site itself but there are plenty of campgrounds nearby. For an enjoyable day trip along historic Highway 21 it can't be beat.
Spectacular views with rugged and varied terrain for all levels of adventuring!
This is such a beautiful place and I could spend the whole day there! I would definitely go back although far away from my place. It is similar to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Brooks and Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller which I have been to both but it is greener than Dinosaur P. P. and much bigger than the said canyon. Delightful.
Great place for a day picnic and a super scenic hike. One of the most beautiful places containing the badlands in the Red Deer river valley!
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