Dinosaur Provincial Park

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Interpretive Programs such as bus tours and hikes begin on Saturday of the Victoria Day (May) long weekend and run until mid October. Reservations are highly recommended for these popular programs.

There are Interpretive Programs for all ages and all levels of physical ability. Age limits for each program are strictly adhered to plus some programs have footwear restrictions (no sandals or crocs).

For any outdoor programs, please make sure you bring a hat, water bottle, sturdy closed toe and heel footwear (running shoes are fine but no crocs or sandals), sunscreen and insect repellent.

Fossil Safari

Get a feel for what makes Dinosaur Provincial Park so special. Join us on a safari through the badlands for a chance to observe plants, animals, and dinosaurs! Visit an "in-situ" fossil site where you can discover fossil material on the surface; no digging in this protected area! Take a close look at micro (small) fossils and learn about the diversity of animals that lived here 75 million years ago in the late Cretaceous. All ages are welcome and will enjoy this safari.


Price: Adult $15, Youth $8, Child $4, Family $38

(When you purchase a combination of 2 Adults and 3 Youth/Children (up to 5 total) the program will find you the best rate and offer the Family pricing for 5 persons.)


Length of program: 2 hours


Ages: All ages - highly recommended for families (no strollers allowed on the bus due to limited space). Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. "Babes in arms" are considered persons and must have a full seat reserved for them as a Child regardless of whether they are being held by a parent.


Difficulty: Easy


Capacity: 24 people/program


Wheelchair accessible: No


Be prepared for this program: for your safety and comfort please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Note footwear restriction on this program: participants must wear sturdy closed toe and heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed due to uneven surfaces and cactus. Please note that pets are not allowed on interpretive tour programs, in the park buses or in any public buildings.


Alternate Program: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of alternate program is the same or similar. Alternate program will tour the badlands and observe plants, animals and fossils as well as visit indoors to learn about the diversity of animals found in our UNESCO World Heritage Site. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.


Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 48 hours before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non- refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 378-4344.

Explorer's Bus Tour

 

Experience the stunning views of the beautiful badlands from the comfort of a park tour bus and during short excursions off the bus (4 stops). You will visit an in-situ Hadrosaur dinosaur display plus you will experience the unquie geology while you learn about the explorers who have travelled to this special place over the past 100+ years.

 

Great for all ages. (No pets allowed on interpretive tour programs, in the park buses or in the Park Visitor Centre please.)


Price: Adult $15, Youth (ages 7 - 17 years) $8, Child (ages 6 years and under) $4, Family $38

(When you purchase a combination of 2 Adults and 3 Youth/Children (up to 5 total) the program will find you the best rate and offer the Family pricing for 5 persons.)


Length of program: 1.5 hours


Ages: All ages (no stollers allowed on the bus due to limited space). Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. "Babes in arms" are considered persons and must have a full seat reserved for them regardless of whether they are being held by a parent.


Difficulty: Easy but uneven surfaces when off the bus at approx. 4 stops


Capacity: 24 people/tour


Wheelchair accessible: Yes - Please call (403) 378-4344 well in advance of your visit to book for wheelchair service. At least 2 weeks notice is required before the date as we have to change out the 24 seat bus for our 19 seat wheelchair lift bus. Note: no washrooms available while on tour 1.5 hours. Also, there are rough, uneven sandstone surfaces to negotiate when off the bus at the approx. 4 stops along the way.

 

Be prepared for your tour: for your comfort and safety please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Tours leave on scheduled times so please arrive ½ hour before tour time to pick up your tickets at the Park Visitor Centre and be ready to load onto our tour bus.

Parking is located in the Cretaceous Cafe/concession parking lot, just down from the Visitor Centre, (a short walk on the path) where you will load onto the park bus.


Alternate Program: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of program is the same or similar. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.


Cancellation Policy: When you book less than 12 seats you may cancel up to 48 hours before the event and receive a refund of the tour fee. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded.

Large Group Cancellation: If you book 12 or more seats on our 24 passenger park bus, the park will require 1 full week for a refund of your tour fee.

Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 378-4344.

 

Reservation fee: The $5 booking fee is non- refundable when you cancel.

 

Centrosaurus Quarry Hike

Hike through rugged (dry) streambeds and over sandstone and mudstone ridges to reach a bonebed that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs! The Centrosaurus Quarry Hike is your best opportunity to see the unequalled concentration of dinosaur fossils that makes Dinosaur Provincial Park world famous. This former dig site is one of many horned dinosaur bonebeds found in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For ages 7 and up due to rough terrain, heat and program content.

No pets allowed on interpretive tour programs, in the park buses or in any public buildings please.

Price: Adult $18, Youth $8, Family $44

When you purchase a combination of 2 Adults and 2-3 Youth or 1 Adult and 3-4 Youth (up to 5 seats total) the program will find you the best rate and offer the Family pricing for 5 persons.


Length of program: 2 hours 30 minutes


Ages: Ages 7 years and up. For safety reasons, infants and toddlers are not allowed on this hike. Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult - 2 km distance over rough uneven ground in sometimes extreme heat. Requires good balance as some areas of sandstone and mudstone are steep and difficult to negotiate; you may have to scramble and use your hands to get up or down ridges.


Capacity: 24 people/hike. Bus capacity of 24 persons is strictly adhered to (park bus is used to reach the trailhead).


Wheelchair accessible: No

 

Be prepared for your hike: for your safety and comfort please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Note footwear restriction on all hikes: participants must wear sturdy closed toe and closed heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed on hikes! Also note age restrictions for this hike.


Alternate Program: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of alternate program is the same or similar and is a great opportunity to learn about and see fossils with a park guide. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.


Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 48 hours (2 days) before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 378-4344.

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