Horseshoe Canyon


The baddest of the badlands can be seen at Horseshoe Canyon, a spectacular chasm cut into the otherwise flat prairie located 17km west of Drumheller on Hwy 9. A large sign in the parking lot explains the geology of the area; hiking trails lead down into the canyon, where striated colored rock reveals millions of years of geological history. (Beware: trails are very slippery when wet.)

Helicopter tours can give you a bird's-eye view starting at $55.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Drumheller attractions

1. Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology


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2. World's Largest Dinosaur

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3. Rosedale Suspension Bridge

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4. East Coulee School Museum

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5. Atlas Coal Mine

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