Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, Elnora

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National Park · Nature / Park
Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park is a provincial park in Central Alberta, Canada, located about 103 km (64 mi) southeast of Red Deer and 16 km (9.9 mi) 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, 200 m (660 ft) 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 720 m (2,360 ft) to 875 m (2,871 ft) and has a surface of 34.5 km2 (13.3 sq mi).

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 Alberta's 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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  • Excellent place to go for a walk & a great place to enjoy some nature too. It’s a great place for everyone.  more »
  • Very informative historical attraction which made a pleasant afternoon excursion. There is the opportunity to explore the area and have a picnic.  more »
  • I enjoyed the discovery in the Upper Badlands. Unique terrain and lovely valley to explore hiking trails and canoeing. Others drifting down the river looked to be having fun. Nice way to spend a...  more »
  • This is a little known beautiful spot. Unfortunately, many of the interpretive signs had been removed. One would need to do research elsewhere on its historic significance. It is a day use area with picnic tables & there is access to the river but the road to them is not paved & very steep in spots. A sign just before the decent to the river warns against using the road in wet conditions. It is a bit out of the beaten path but it is definitely worth the drive on a nice day.
  • Beautiful place and the best part is the camp site right by the river. It's not too crowded and the trek is amazing too. Just be careful from rattle snakes in the area.
  • Great views and an interesting ecosystem. If you're looking for boards/kiosks or booths they are not here. Just a stunning view some trails and a river. Enjoyed my time here immensely
  • Very scenic, I have driven by many times, today I drove in and was not disappointed. Also, I was on my motorcycle, only the last km is hard packed gravel, so go check it out. I wouldn't recommend driving down the hill on a street bike, although I did on my Versys 1000, a bit sketchy heading down but no problem coming back up.
  • Such a neat area. There are plants and flowers I have never seen anywhere else. There is also flowering cactus which was blooming while we were there.

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