Dinosaur Provincial Park is a park within the Red Deer River Valley, in the badlands of Alberta, Canada. It is renowned for being one of the most important archaeological sites for dinosaur fossils, with remains of 500 specimens, including 35 different species of dinosaurs having been discovered here. Some of these fossil remains are 75 million years old. In addition, the park itself is noted for its breathtaking sceneries.
Dinosaur Provincial Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee which met at Cairo and Luxor, Egypt, on 22-26 October, 1979.
What to See in Dinosaur Provincial Park
Visitors to Dinosaur Provincial Park can also visit John Ware's Cabin, a restored log cabin from the early 20th century. John Ware was an African-American cowboy who figured prominently in the history of ranching.
In 1985, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology was opened to showcase fossil discoveries in Canada. The museum is located in Midland Provincial Park, about 100 km upstreadm.
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 50 46 4 W 111 29 32
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII
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Visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park
Your base for visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park is the town of Brooks in Alberta, Canada. You can reach it on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is 188 km to the east of Calgary.