Dinosaur fan? Come and meet Hell Boy in Alberta Canada

Hell Boy - Alberta Canada

I’m wondering when I first learnt about dinosaurs at school and I think it must have been in the junior school followed by a refresh in senior school.

With the twins going up to junior school in September I am really looking forward to taking them to the Natural History Museum in London and discovering dinosaurs all over again, it’s been way too long.

In fact this summer when we are in Italy up in the Dolomites I want to take them to Monte Zugna to see the dinosaur tracks too.

I have discovered that Alberta in Canada is also a great place to find out more about dinosaurs as it has the largest concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world. In fact the most recent and very exciting discovery of a new dinosaur species, with the delightful name of Hell Boy, has rocked the world of palaeontologists and expanded on a great touristic offer.

The dinosaur, a member of the Ceratopsidae family whose official name is Regaliceratops peterhewsi meaning ‘royal horned face,’ is notably different from other known relatives in both the size and shape of the horns on its face and a distinctive, crown-like frill at the back of its skull. The beaked, herbivorous dinosaur dates from the Cretaceous period, a time that saw the highest diversity of ceratopsian dinosaurs.

If you happen to have a budding palaeontologist in your family then you might want to consider adding Alberta to your bucket list.

Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park offers 1, 2 and 3-day guided excavation programs in which participants take part in real dinosaur digs that contribute to ongoing scientific research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Horseshoe Canyon, Alberta Canada

In fact Alberta is totally geared up to make your Dino dreams come true, take a look below at a selection of ideas I have added to my Dino dream itinerary.

Dinosaur dream itinerary

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Go on a “Dig Experience” using professional tools and techniques. Go on hikes to search for fossils and see real dinosaur remains plus find out all there is to know about Hell boy.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

At this UNESCO World Heritage Site you can take a guided excavation with a real palaeontologist. But what I really fancy doing is going on a fossil safari and sleeping under the stars in one of the Park’s glamping tents.

The Badlands

The name already appeals to me, Badlands – it conjures up adventure, exploration and fun. Badlands is for road tripping and following the Dinosaur Trail. The scenery looks stunning and I’m sure it would be an amazing experience for the family plus life long memories for the kids. A travel journal is a must on a trip like this

Jurassic Forest

Explore Jurassic Forest, a prehistoric dinosaur park that features kid-friendly adventure playgrounds.

Due to open later this year is the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum were you can tour a bone-bed. The museum takes it’s name after the renowned Canadian palaeontologist who inspired characters in Jurassic Park.

Do you need anymore inspiration? Alberta is your one stop resort for everything dinosaur related, have fun!

Disclosure: I’m working with BritMums and Travel Alberta highlighting the region Alberta as the place to go to make your dinosaur dreams come true. I have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit Travel Alberta for more information.

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8 Comments

  1. July 16, 2015 / 11:05 AM

    This sounds incredible – a dig experience or an excavation with a palaontologist would drive certain family members wild with excitement. I hadn’t heard much about Alberta before this BritMums project, so thanks for sharing.

    • July 18, 2015 / 8:52 AM

      It does look good doesn’t it? Personally I’d like to sleep under the stars and visit the Badlands, that must be amazing!

  2. July 20, 2015 / 11:36 AM

    Wow this is the stuff of little boys dreams Mari , Joe my youngest would just love planning this trip and following the dinosaur trail x

    • July 23, 2015 / 5:35 AM

      Not just little boys Sarah, the subject fascinates me and the area looks beautiful.

  3. July 20, 2015 / 3:45 PM

    It’s certainly exciting, isn’t it? A new dinosaur. If I’d heard about that when I was a girl I would have been beside myself with glee.

    • July 23, 2015 / 5:36 AM

      It makes me wonder how much other stuff is out there we are yet to discover! Very exciting indeed.

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