The first thing you’ll notice about the Drumheller Valley, located in Central Alberta, is the spectacular scenery, rolling fields that suddenly give way to the Canadian Badlands—steep, dry coulees ridged with hundreds of years of erosion from wind, water and time. The Red Deer River winds its way through the Valley, attracting many with its myriad of recreational opportunities.
Home to the Royal Tyrell Museum, and world-famous dinosaur digs, Drumheller has a history that is rich and surprising. The site was discovered in 1884, and its name was decided by a coin toss between two founding entrepreneurs. Early settlers discovered the skull of an Albertasaurus while they were exploring for coal, starting the collection of fossils that modern Drumheller is well-known for.
Aside from ancient artefacts, Drumheller has much to offer. Residents enjoy an excellent variety of facilities and activities in local community facilities. Visit the Aquaplex for a swim, or to enjoy the hot tub or steam room; take the kids skating at the Memorial Arena or cheer on the local hockey team. You can keep fit at the Badlands Community Facility’s fitness and recreation centre, or take in local arts and cultural programs.
Hanna is located in east central Alberta and is a unique town that remains close to its history – literally. While many Alberta towns have some version of a pioneer village, Hanna has grown up alongside the original village, preserving a full block of turn-of-the century homes and businesses that sprang up along the Calgary-Saskatoon railway line. Today, old and new blend together creating a thriving community of approximately 2,673.
Residents experience a great quality of life, while enjoying a wide range of cultural and recreational activities Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the 9-hole golf course on days off, while residents can pick up fresh local produce at the Farmer’s Market, or even take in an old-fashioned drive-in movie with their families. Kids and adults alike make good use of the fitness centre, swimming pool, parks and soccer fields. In the summer the baseball diamonds are quite active, especially during the annual Slo-Pitch Showdown; and in the winter, the arena is a hub of activity for hockey teams and curling bonspiels.