Drumheller is located in East Central Alberta & 110 kilometres northeast of Calgary.
The Drumheller portion of the Red Deer River valley is often referred to as Dinosaur Valley and is approximately 2 kilometres wide (north south) and 28 kilometresn long (east to west).
The Town of Drumheller recorded a population of 7,982 living in 3,164 of its 3,471 total private dwellings in the 2016 Census.
Drumheller was named for Colonel Samuel Drumheller, who bought land in 1910 and started coal mining operations here in 1911.
Drumheller became a railway station in 1912 & then incorporated as a village on May 15, 1913, a town on March 2, 1916 and a city on April 3, 1930. Over a 15-year period, Drumheller's population increased 857% from 312 in 1916 to 2,987 in 1931 shortly after becoming a city.
The City of Drumheller amalgamated with the Municipal District (MD) of Badlands No. 7 on January 1, 1998 to form the current Town of Drumheller..
The amalgamated municipality opted for town status rather than city status so that highways within would remain the responsibility of the Province of Alberta As a result of the amalgamation, Drumheller became Alberta’s largest town in terms of land area at 107.93 square kilometres.
The 1998 amalgamation resulted in Drumheller absorbing six hamlets that were previously under the jurisdiction of the MD of Badlands No. 7 – Cambria, East Coulee, Lehigh, Nacmine, Rosedale and Wayne. Drumheller also previously absorbed the hamlets of Bankview, Midland, Newcastle and North Drumheller during annexations while under city status. Bankview and Midland were annexed in 1964 and 1972 respectively, while Newcastle and North Drumheller were both annexed in 1967.
In total, Drumheller has absorbed at least 13 other communities in its history, some of which are now recognized as neighbourhoods or districts within the town. This becomes confusing to many who do not know the history!
World's Largest Dinosaur, a 26.2-metre (86 ft) high fiberglass Tyrannosaurus rex that can be entered for a view of the Badlands, including the adjacent 23 metre (75 ft) water fountain, again one of the largest in Canada. Tourist attractions also include the Star Mine Suspension Bridge, Atlas Coal Mine, Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Horseshoe & Horsethief Canyon, Rotary Water Spray Park, Aquaplex with indoor and outdoor pools, Horse Thief Canyon, hoodoos, Midland Provincial Park, the Rosedeer Hotel in Wayne, 27 kilometres of constructed pathways, Bleriot Ferry, East Coulee School Museum, Homestead Museum, Valley Doll Museum and the Little Church which is capable of seating thousands of people, six patrons at a time.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is a museum that hosts Canada's largest collection of dinosaur fossils. It boasts 375,000+ visitors a year, the largest of all provincial museum attractions. It opened on September 25, 1985. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is located in the northwest quadrant of the Town of Drumheller, in Midland Provincial Park.
Next to the old Drumheller ski hill is the Canadian Badlands Passion Play site, where, for two weeks each July, performances are held. The site also offers small plays throughout the summer and an interpretive centre.
As of 2017, the town was the location of the Trekcetera Museum, which relocated from the town of Vulcan. The museum contains a collection of props, costumes and set pieces from the Star Trek franchise, as well as other productions ranging from the UK series Thunderbirds to shot-in-Alberta productions such as Superman III and Brokeback Mountain
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