There was a downpour and thunder on the day we arrived to Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of our favourite places to explore in Alberta. Driving into the park, we were relieved that with the help of Go RV, we would be ‘glamping’ this time, enjoying the comfort and amenities that come with an RV – like a full sized bed, bunks for the kids, a kitchen, heat and electricity.
In between the storms, we did a lot of exploring at one of our favourite provincial parks to explore. For families that haven’t been to the park – here’s a bit of what you can experience while you’re there.
Climb Hoodoos at Sunset | One of the most fantastic experiences that we had in the park was spending an evening watching the sunset, and climbing the hoodoos on the day use trail near the campground at Dinosaur Provincial Park. The kids enjoyed climbing to the top, watching the gorgeous colors of the sunset and the photos that we snapped were some of my favourite from the trip.
Explore the Visitor’s Centre | There’s a fantastic space for kids to learn, play and experience in the Visitor’s Centre. For a nominal admission fee, the kids were able to explore the centre, see and touch fossils and experience the interactive displays.
Get in Some Playground Time | While camping, we spent a lot of time exploring, but the time we spent at the campground meant the kids were at the campground. Staying in the South loop, close to the campground, the kids spent a lot of time at the playground, making instant-friends with other children.
Take the Bus Tour | The Explorers Bus Tour of the UNESCO Heritage Site was such a fantastic experience the last time we visited the park, that we knew we had to experience it once again. Some of the other great experiences for kids include a casting workshop, where the kids can bring home a souvenir from the park. At under $40 for the entire family – it’s an experience the kids still talk about!
Shop the Gift Shop | The gift shop has some really great things to bring home, at really affordable price points. One of the best things we found in the shop were these small ‘fossil kits’ where kids can dig out fossils from a square, using a pick and a small paintbrush. It entertained the kids while we got breakfast on the table one morning – and we grabbed a ‘gem kit’ for at home.
Get Up Close with Cacti | Get up close and personal with a cactus (but not too close!) with the wild flowers, cactuses and other plant life while you’re walking through hoodoo trails in the park, and at the lookout point.
This feature is a part of a series that we’re working on to encourage families to get outside. We’ve teamed up with Go RV to explore four campgrounds in Alberta. To make it easier for your family to get out there and discover a new Alberta campground, Go RV makes ‘glamping’ easy with easy to rent RV units to get out there, and explore, with the family!