Things to do in Southeast Alberta.
Red Rock Coulee
56 kilometers / 35 miles
Red Rock Coulee Natural Area is 324 hectares (800 acres) of badlands, hard sandstone capped hoodoos and large, round, red boulders.
Formed in prehistoric seas as layers of sand calcite and iron oxide collected around a nucleus formed by shells, leaves, or bones. These concretions grew larger as the circulating waters deposited more layers. The reddish colour comes from iron oxide. At up to 2.5 metres (8 feet) in diameter, they are among the largest in the world.
Along with the exposed rocks, you will also find prairie inhabitants such as deer, coyotes, rabbits, rattlesnakes, and nighthawks.
To reach Red Rock Coulee, drive southwest from Medicine Hat on Highway 3. Just before the village of Seven Persons you will turn south on Highway 887—a secondary highway to Manyberries. Continue south on Highway 887 until you reach Red Rock Coulee, which is open year-round.
Etzikom Museum and Historical Windmill Center
87 kilometers / 54 miles
Located on the Red Coat Trail, is the Etzikom Museum and the Canadian National Historic Windmill Centre. The Centre features outdoor restored examples of windmills encompassing over 200 years of Canadian wind power (particularly water pumpers). Indoors at the Museum are many hands-on displays in time-period settings, featuring early pioneer life, native artifacts, fossils, petroglyphs, homesteader tools and a historic church.
Open from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend
Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm and
Sunday noon to 6pm
Bow Island Centennial Park
Easy access, large sites, and few people are all draws for Bow Island’s Centennial Park. Found just blocks from the Crowsnest Highway, the campground has two playgrounds, two outdoor cooking areas, a free shower house, beach volleyball, and a well-maintained soccer field.
Most summer Sundays, the park becomes the hub of the community as many families take the opportunity to visit the park to relax. Kids play at the playground while the adults either play a game of soccer or sit in the shade and visit. An added attraction is “Market in the Park” which takes place every Wednesday, from the first week of July until the last week of August.
Prairie Memories Museum, Irvine
35 kilometers / 22 miles
A must-see attraction for anyone interested in rural history, this museum portrays various aspects of pioneer life. They have many artifacts and buildings including an old schoolhouse, church, and lumber store. Be sure to check out Irvine’s 20 Milepost Days held annually on September long weekend. This event features all kinds of events, including a parade, rodeo, gymkhana, bench show, and much more.
Dinosaur Provincial Park
158 kilometers / 98 miles
Discover and experience a unique landscape of haunting formations and rich fossil resources at Dinosaur Provincial Park. You will be amazed when the gently rolling prairie grasslands suddenly drop off, plunging the visitor into a remarkable world of hoodoos, pinnacles, coulees, and buttes.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site situated along the Red Deer River just 90 minutes west of Medicine Hat, the Park is the largest area of badlands in Canada and one of the richest sites in the world for late Cretaceous fossils.
Take the Trans-Canada Highway west to Brooks, then go north on Highway 873, east on Highway 544 to PR 130 at Patricia. Follow the big blue Provincial Park signs along the way.
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