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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

 

 

Enjoy hands-on discovery of fossils as you explore the park's Natural Preserve. Great for all ages. (No pets allowed on interpretive tour programs, in the park buses or in the Park Visitor Centre please.)


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


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


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.

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