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, sunscreen and insect repellent and wear sturdy closed toe and heel footwear (running shoes are fine but NO crocs, sandals, or flip flops!).

Cast from the Past

 

Enter the palaeontology lab in the Park Visitor Centre/Field Station to experience some of the real behind-the-scenes work of palaeontology. Every participant gets to make an authentic fossil replica to take home.

 

Price: Adult (18 years and up)$15; Youth (7-17 years) $15

 

Length of program: 90 minutes

 

Ages: 7 years and up. Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult and sorry no participants under the age of 7 years allowed in the laboratory.

 

Difficulty: Easy

 

Capacity: 14 people

 

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

 

Location: Program takes place in the Park Visitor Centre at Dinosaur Provincial Park. *Parking is located just down the hill from the Visitor Centre near the concession and it is a short walk to the venue (2 minutes).

No late arrivals accepted. Please be on time for this program! No refunds for late arrivals.

 

Join us in the Palaeo Lab and create an authentic fossil cast that will be yours to keep! Surrounded by the real tools of the trade, you will learn about the scientific work that takes a fossil from a simple curiosity to a piece of scientific evidence. You will discover how the very fossil you have replicated may have helped change our view of dinosaurs, brought new understanding about ancient environments, or even told the story of its own death.

 

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.

 

Sunset Tour

Journey into secret areas of the Park to get the perfect photograph, or to simply soak up the natural beauty of the badlands. Taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and wonderful late afternoon/evening light you will be driven by park bus into the Natural Preserve (restricted area).

This unique evening tour is designed especially for photographers and people looking for a quieter nature experience. Locations may include Valley of the Gold, Valley of the Castles, and Valley of the Moon. Tips and tricks for photographing the badlands will be provided.

 

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


Price: Adult $24, Youth $16 (ages 14 yrs and up)


Length of program: 2 hours


Ages: Ages 14 years and up.

 

Difficulty: Easy but uneven surfaces, no formal trails


Capacity: 14 people/program


Wheelchair accessible: No

 

Be prepared for your tour: for your comfort and safety please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Footwear restriction: Please wear closed toe and heel footwear such as hiking boots or running shoes with tred on the bottom (no sandals, crocs, flip-flops on this program).

 

Pickup your tickets during opening hours at the Park Visitor Centre but if you arrive after closing, don't worry; your park guide will have your tickets waiting for you at the park bus outside of the Visitor Centre at the program start time.

 

Please note that due to the variability of sunset times, we cannot guarantee participants will be able to photograph the actual sunset.

 

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. Refunds are available if we get rained out but please contact the Park Visitor Centre (403) 378-4344 for your rainy day refund.


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.

Fossil Safari

Join your park guide on a safari through the badlands for a chance to discover the rich fossil resource at this protected UNESCO World Heritage Site! Visit an "in-situ" fossil site where you will find fossils on the surface and learn how to identify them. No digging or removal of fossils! 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 $17, Youth $10 (ages 7-17 yrs), Child $5 (ages 4-6 yrs), Baby$2 (ages 0-3 yrs), Family $45

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


Length of program: 1.75 hours


Ages: All ages - highly recommended for families with children. 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. No strollers allowed on the bus due to limited space. NOTE the new cheaper pricing for Babies aged 0-3 years for 2018 !

 


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. 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. 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 $17, Youth $10 (ages 7 - 17 yrs), Child $5 (ages 4-6 yrs), Baby $2 (0-3 yrs), Family $45

(When you purchase any combination of to 2 Adults and up to 3 Youth/Child/Baby (up to 5 total seats) the program will find you the best rate and offer the Family pricing.)


Length of program: 1.75 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. * Note the NEW cheaper Baby pricing for 2018 on this program!


Difficulty: Easy but uneven surfaces when off the bus at various stops


Capacity: 24 people/tour


Wheelchair accessible: No; due to the rough terrain, this program is not wheelchair accessible.

 

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.

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.

 

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