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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.

Palaeo Lab Program NEW for 2014 !

 

Enter the Palaeo Lab to experience some of real behind-the-scenes work of palaeontology. Every participant gets to make an authentic fossil replica to take home.

 

Price: Adult $14, Youth $14

 

Length of program: 90 minutes

 

Ages: 7 years and up. PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PAYING ADULT.

 

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 (5 minutes).

 

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.

 

Age Policy: Sorry, no participants under the age of 7 years.

 

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 in the evening light. Ages 14 and up.


Price: Adult $24, Youth $16


Length of program: 2 hours


Ages: Ages 14 years and up.

 

Difficulty: Easy


Capacity: 12 people/program


Wheelchair accessible: No


This unique evening tour is designed especially for photographers and people looking for a quieter nature experience. Taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and wonderful evening light you will be guided into some of the secret areas of the Natural Preserve and be given ample time to get the perfect shot, or to simply soak up the natural beauty of the badlands. 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.


Be prepared for your tour: for your comfort and safety please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Please wear closed toe and heel footwear such as hiking boots or running shoes with tred on the bottom. Arrive ½ hour before tour time to pick up your tickets at the Park Visitor Centre. Please note that due to the variability of sunset times, we cannot guarantee participants will be able to photograph the actual sunset. (If you arrive after closing, don't worry; the park interpreter taking you on the Sunset Tour will have your tickets waiting for you at the park bus outside of the Visitor Centre at the designated time.)


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: 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.

Palaeo Puzzlers

 

 

Challenge your skills as amateur palaeontologists as you inspect and handle real fossils. Designed for families; recommended for children ages 4 - 8 years of age.


Price: Adult (18 yrs and up) $8, Youth (7-17 yrs) $8, Child (6 yrs and under) $4


Length of program: 1 ¼ hours


Ages: All ages (designed for families, one parent or guardian must attend and all persons need tickets in order to attend)


Difficulty: N/A (indoors) Park Visitor Centre


Capacity: 12 people/program


Wheelchair accessible: Yes


Get ready to investigate real fossils just like a palaeontologist! This indoor program, designed for families, will challenge your skills as amateur palaeontologists as you inspect and handle real plant and animal fossils from right here in the park. Working together you will build a picture of the ancient Cretaceous community and gain a greater understanding of what the world was like during the time of the dinosaurs.


Alternate Program: N/A (indoor 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.

Fossil Safari

 

 

Enjoy hands-on discovery of fossils as you explore the park's Natural Preserve. Great for all ages.


Price: Adult $14, Youth $8, Child $4, Family $36

(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


The Fossil Safari provides hands-on discovery of the Park's rich fossil resource from otherwise inaccessible locations in the Natural Preserve. Load onto the Park's 24 passenger tour bus to drive to the site then a short walk will take you to where you will learn the secrets of fossil- finding and the techniques for identifying the remains of turtles, fish, mammals and, of course, dinosaurs. Although you will be allowed to discover fossils yourself, there is no digging involved and all material will be left in the Park.


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.


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 (geared for families with children). 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 Natural Preserve from the comfort of a tour bus and during short excursions into the badlands. Great for all ages.


Price: Adult $14, Youth $8, Child $4, Family $36

(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 (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 to book for wheelchair service at least 2 weeks before the date as we have to change out the 24 seat bus for our 19 seat wheelchair lift bus. Note: no washrooms in the Natural Preserve where the bus goes. Also there are rough, uneven sandstone surfaces to negotiate when off the bus at the approx. 4 stops along the way.


Like the explorers who have travelled here before you, escape the ordinary and venture into the rugged badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park. The Explorer's Bus Tour provides the chance to experience the stunning views of the Park's beautiful Natural Preserve from the comfort and safety of the tour bus, while also providing opportunities for you to discover this amazing environment for yourself 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.


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: 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.

Centrosaurus Quarry Hike

 

Hike through rugged streambeds and over sandstone ridges to reach a bonebed that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs! For ages 7 and up.


Price: Adult $15, Youth $8, Family $36

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 45 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 - 2 km distance over rough terrain.


Capacity: 24 people/hike (We take you to the trail head using our 24 passenger park bus.)


Wheelchair accessible: No


The Centrosaurus Quarry Hike is your best opportunity to see the unequalled concentration of dinosaur fossils that makes Dinosaur Provincial Park world famous. You will journey through rugged streambeds and over sandstone ridges to reach a former dig site, known as a bonebed, that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs! As you investigate the clues these fossils provide, you will be challenged to come up with your own theory to explain their mass death.


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. No toddlers or "babes in arms/carriers" for safety reasons.


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: 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.

Great Badlands Hike

 

Challenge yourself with a half-day trek into some of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the fossil-rich badlands. Ages 10 and up. Difficult hike: please read "Difficulty Section" below.


Price: Adult $24, Youth $16


Length of program: 4 hours


Ages: Ages 10 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: Difficult - 6 km distance: This hike takes place over very uneven terrain requiring great balance and the ability to go up and down steep slopes. Also note: High exposure to sun as there is no shade available during the hike.


Capacity: 19 people/hike


Wheelchair accessible: No


Especially designed for the adventurous, the Great Badlands Hike is a half-day trek into some of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the Park. As you are guided over steep slopes and through coulees you will learn how fossil hunters tackle "les mauvaises terres à traverser" in their search for dinosaur bones, and how modern plants and animals have adapted to survive in this challenging environment.


Be prepared for this 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 heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed! 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 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.

Fossil Prospecting

 

Become a fossil hunter as you hike through the spectacular terrain of Dinosaur Provincial Park in search of dinosaur bones and other fossil remains. Ages 14 and up.


Price: $95.00 per person


Length of program: 6 hours (9:30 am-3:30 pm)


Ages: Ages 14 and up. Participants between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Difficulty: Difficult 5 to 8 km distance over rough terrain


Capacity: 5 people/day


Wheelchair accessible: No


Experience the excitement of fossil prospecting as you hike through the spectacular terrain of Dinosaur Provincial Park in search of dinosaur bones and other fossil remains. With an experienced park staff as your guide, you will get to prospect for fossils just like the professionals, learning the secrets of where to look and what to look for as you explore the breath- taking Alberta badlands. Each excursion will explore a different area of the Park, with the opportunity to discover something new each time. Although you will discover fossils yourself, please note that there will be no digging involved and all material will be left in the Park. Don t miss your chance to make the next big discovery! Lunch is provided.


Important Information

Ticket Pickup: Tickets must be picked up at the Information Desk in the Park Visitor Centre/Field Station at least 30 minutes prior to the program starting time. All tours will leave at the scheduled time. Late arrivals will not be refunded.


Location: Program starts at the Park Visitor Centre, and from there participants will travel by Jeep into various backcountry locations.


Be Prepared: For your comfort and safety please bring at least 2 litres of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and insect repellent. Sturdy hiking boots are required. Breathable long pants and long sleeved shirt are recommended.


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. In this case a full-refund will be provided.


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.

Dinosaur Provincial Park reserves the right to cancel the program for reasons such as poor weather, insufficient number of registrations, or any other pertinent reason. Full refunds would be provided in such cases.

Guided Excavation 1 Day

 

 

Join a real excavation in this fully authentic dig and get the chance to uncover fossils never before seen by human eyes. For ages 14 and up.


Price: $165/person


Length of program: 7 hours


Ages: Ages 14 years and up (participants ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult).


Difficulty: Difficult. Come prepared for sitting or kneeling on the ground, working with tools under the hot sun, and hiking in slippery conditions.


Capacity: 6 people/day


Wheelchair accessible: No


This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a fully authentic dinosaur dig. With an experienced palaeontological technician as your guide, you will learn the techniques of excavating dinosaurs and work in a team to uncover fossils never before seen by human eyes. The day includes an orientation to the Park and the research project, working in a real quarry, and hiking and prospecting for new fossil finds. Your work will contribute to research going on at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Lunch is provided.


Reservation information: Reservations can be made up until 2:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled program day.


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: 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.

Dinosaur Provincial Park reserves the right to cancel the program for reasons such as poor weather, insufficient number of registrations, or any other pertinent reason. Full refunds would be provided in such cases.

 

The Guided Excavation Program is proudly supported by Gretchen Marks and Ken Kucher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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