Though even Calgary may not be at the top of your Canadian destination list, there are surprisingly quite a range of sights that Alberta has to offer. Just a stone's throw North are a vast spread farmlands, followed by the fossilized dino remains which can be found to the East in the Dinosaur Provincial Park. And certainly not least, to the West lies the northern corridor of the famous Canadian Rockies amongst stunning hikes, alpine views, and lakes.
Here's the scoop on a few of the sights just outside Calgary that you should consider on a day trip:
# [RED DEER](/visitreddeer.com/)
![reddeer_map](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/Nqax-v6jaXp7cPjQ.png "enter image title here")
<center>3 hours round trip / 180 miles</center>
### [Bo's Bar and Grill](/www.bosbar.com/)
Drove to Red Deer to meet old friend who had been au pairing for almost a year. We met at Bo's Bar and Grill for lunch and both ordered the Breakfast Poutine (Fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, yum!).
### [Sylvan Lake](/www.sylvanlake.ca/en/index.aspx)
![reddeer_sylvanlake](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/6Vagh7F0GZbXJ6ca.jpg "enter image title here")
Head out of from downtown Red Deer out to Sylvan Lake, passing quite a few farms and fields along the way. It was a beautiful day at the lake with clear skies and although it was chilly the sun was bright. There are walking tracks and benchs along the river.
![drumheller_map](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/YIuFyxYXvPpLDr62.png "enter image title here")
<center>3.5 hours / 180 miles return</center>
Arguably one of Alberta's biggest tourist attractions, Drumheller lies just east of Calgary situated in the Canadian badlands. With a huge abundance of dinosaur fossils found here, it calls itself the Dinosaur Capital of the World.
## DINOSAUR STATUES
![drumheller_dinosaurstatue](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/kURycbd7U-qUbiY9.JPG "enter image title here")
This town LOVES their dinosaurs and there are cute, funny and colourful dinosaurs placed throughout downtown.
## WORLDS LARGEST DINOSAUR
![drumheller_worldslargestdinosaur](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/GKMSo8qVVzpEwYNJ.JPG "enter image title here")
And of course, Drumheller is home to the World's Largest Dinosaur. This T-Rex sculpture is 4.5 times larger than it's true real size. The visitor centre is just behind the T-Rex and for $3 you can climb inside and view the town of Drumheller from it's jaws.
## NORTH DINOSAUR TRAIL
![drumheller_northdinosaurtrail1](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/dkzgRgV6lJbAxCPs.JPG "enter image title here")
After looking at some brochures we decided to hit the North Dinosaur Trail and make the loop around through the badlands.
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The landscape is very unique and you can see the different layers of erosion very clearly.
## SOUTH DINOSAUR TRAIL
![drumheller_southdinosaurtrail](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/LoUOk3cnVt1nnRPc.jpg "enter image title here")
After driving for another 15 minutes we came to the ferry that crosses a 30-metre creek to join onto the South Dinosaur Trail. Unfortunately the crossing was closed for the season and although it is only 30m the Mustang wasn't looking quite buoyant enough for the short sail.
At this point, we turned around, went back the way we came through Drumheller and turned onto the highway to head towards the ghost town of Wayne. To reach Wayne you must cross 11 BRIDGES! The road winds around over and back across the creek... seems like the construction crew couldn't make their minds up.
![drumheller_waynesaloon](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/UMlj-Mv6pXJ-Tdqa.JPG "enter image title here")
The town used to have a population of 2940 but now the sign boasts only 28 inhabitants. The Last Chance Saloon was after 9 bridges in Wayne where we then turned around as the road seemed to continue into nowhere.
# [DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK](/whc.unesco.org/en/list/71)
![calgarydaytrips_dinosaurpark_maps](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/McgUPfKAPt3znGAn.PNG "enter image title here")
<center>4.5 hours round trip / 440km</center>
![calgarydaytrips_dinosaurprovincial](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/x7TxGAWU686WzcPc.jpg "enter image title here")
In addition to its particularly beautiful scenery, Dinosaur Provincial Park â located at the heart of the province of Alberta's badlands â contains some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made from the 'Age of Reptiles', in particular about 35 species of dinosaur, dating back some 75 million years.
# [BANFF & LAKE LOUISE](/www.banfflakelouise.com/)
![calgarydaytrips_banff_maps](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/tBquoLg9kffeTQbi.PNG "enter image title here")
<center>3 hours / 275km</center>
![albertadaytrip_canadianrockies1](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/-ilQV9SEh2miJi1I.jpg "enter image title here")
After making our way west from Calgary earlier in the week, we began our long drive to Vancouver the Canadian Rockies. We followed the Canada #1 Highway. Entering the Canadian Rockies there was Bow Valley Provincial Park to our left then Banff National Park to our right.
![albertadaytrip_canadianrockies2](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/KUxVpeOej6vIXFvd.jpg "enter image title here")
The highway runs through the mountains right next to trees, so watch out for animals, and some of the roads are cut straight through the mountains. Unfortunately with our schedule we didn't have a chance to stop and explore any of the places whilst driving through. However, the drive itself is truly incredible given the scale of the surrounding mountains and we did get to enjoy the scenery though as it was a nice, clear day. There were quite a few cars around and a lot of logging trucks.
![albertadaytrip_canadianrockies3](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/qXLLXnKZrlkHoLX3.JPG "enter image title here")
We stopped at McDonalds in Golden for lunch. It was surprisingly good and they also had the Monopoly game going on and some other people in the store gave us theirs as well to add to our board.
![albertadaytrip_canadianrockies4](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/7N3Wj4EGIb-Y_jvs.jpg "enter image title here")
Continuing on our way, past Glacier National Park of Canada and Revelstoke National Park we stopped at Starbucks in Revelstoke for caramel brule and chestnut praline coffees. Next stop: Kamloops, followed by Hope and finally onward to Vancouver.
Indianapolis or 'Indy' for short is .......
# MONUMENT CIRCLE
![indy_monumentcircle](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/FD629bIM71wGRrJr.JPG "enter image title here")
Exiting the mall we walked towards Monument Circle.
# SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MONUMENT
![indy_soldierssailors_inside](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/GeuCEAqvOOGV3ovW.JPG "enter image title here")
Right in the middle of Monument Circle is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. We went inside the base of the monument to visit the small museum where you able to walk up the stairs to the top of the tower for free.
![indy_soldierssailors_view](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/O1nV6bHxl7tKagVg.JPG "enter image title here")
At the top of the monument there was a great view, although the weather was not great.
# INDIANA STATE HOUSE
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Next we headed to the Indiana State House. They were celebrating 100 years of history.
![indy_indianastatehouse_inside](/lbw-photos.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/images/jFzBLIl-st54KDEA.JPG "enter image title here")
Inside was very elegant and Victorian designs and decor. There was a baked goods fundraiser going on so we bought some banana bread and cookies for $1 each to donate to the Senate fundraiser.
# CALVIN FLETCHERS COFFEE
Of course it was still raining in the morning so we headed into Indy to check out the coffee scene and figure out what we were going to do for the day. We stopped at Calvin Fletchers Coffee (CFC) and ordered Calvin Pepper Coffee and Ethopian Pourover.
# CIRCLE CENTER MALL
We made sandwiches in the car and then drove to Wholesale District where we parked near Circle Center Mall. We walked through the mall to stay out of the rain and there were kids with FFA blazers EVERYWHERE! Later we found out there was a conference for High School Seniors for Future Farmers of America.
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Hello! We are Tean and Todd and this is our travel blog! This blog was created in the hopes of helping other travelers plan anything from short trips
to long journeys. We have found that there are tons of small details that can make travelling much smoother and want to share all the information have learned along the way!