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Town of Drumheller
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The view out of "World's Largest Dinosaur" across Drumheller

Town of Drumheller is located in Alberta
Town of Drumheller
Location of Drumheller in Alberta
Coordinates: 51°27′49″N 112°43′10″W / 51.46361°N 112.71944°W / 51.46361; -112.71944
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 5
Incorporated 1930 (city)
Re-Incorporated 1997 (town)
 - Mayor Bryce Nimmo
 - Governing body Drumheller Town Council
 - MP Kevin Sorenson (Crowfoot)
 - MLA Jack Hayden (Drumheller-Stettler)
Area [1]
 - Total 110.93 km2 (42.8 sq mi)
Elevation 670 m (2,198 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 7,932
 Density 73.5/km2 (190.4/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Postal code span T0J
Area code(s) +1-403
Website Official municipal site

Drumheller is a town (formerly a city) on the Red Deer River in the Badlands of east-central Alberta, Canada. It is located 110 kilometres (68 mi) northeast of Calgary.



The town is 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, a village in 1913, a town in 1916 and a city in 1930.[2]

During the peak of the coal era (1920s) Drumheller's population exploded to more than 30,000 and it became a city in 1930. Drumheller was Western Canada's largest coal producer; now it contributes to a vibrant energy sector and can boast Alberta's second largest natural gas deposit, the West Drumheller Field. To benefit from Provincial and Federal grants, the City of Drumheller dropped its city status in favour of town status when it amalgamated with the Municipal District (M.D.) of Badlands No. 7 on January 1, 1998.[3] As a result of the amalgamation, Drumheller became Alberta’s largest town in terms of area at 111 square kilometres (43 sq mi).

The 1998 amalgamation with the M.D. of Badlands No. 7 resulted in Drumheller absorbing seven unincorporated communities that were previously under the jurisdiction of the M.D. – Aerial, Cambria, East Coulee, Lehigh, Nacmine, Rosedale and Wayne. Drumheller also previously absorbed the communities of Midlandvale, Newcastle and North Drumheller during annexations while under city status. In short, the Town of Drumheller has absorbed at least 10 other residential communities in its history, which are now neighbourhoods or districts within the town. The valley ranges from 2 kilometres (1 mi) across to 28 kilometres (17 mi) in length.

Drumheller has been the filming location for more than 50 commercials, television and cinematic productions including TNT's miniseries Into the West, Unforgiven, and ABC's miniseries Dreamkeeper.


South of the traffic bridge over the Red Deer river on Highway 9 is the World's Largest Dinosaur, a 26.2 metres (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, Drumheller Valley Ski Hill, Reptile World, Canadian Badlands Passion Play, Horseshoe Canyon, Water Spray Park, Aquaplex with indoor and outdoor pools, Horse Thief Canyon, hoodoos, Midland Provincial Park, Rosedeer Hotel in Wayne, 27 kilometres (17 mi) of constructed pathways, Bleriot Ferry, East Coulee School Museum, Homestead Museum, Reptile World (the largest display of reptiles in Western Canada) and Little Church which is capable of seating only six patrons.

Next to Drumheller ski hill is the Canadian Badlands Passion Play site, where, for two weeks each July, performances are held. Companies are composed of actors from all over Alberta. The site also offers small plays throughout the summer and an interpretive centre.

Albertosaurus at Royal Tyrrell Museum

Royal Tyrrell Museum

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. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is located in the northwest quadrant of the Town of Drumheller, in Midland Provincial Park.


Newspapers covering Drumheller include the weekly Drumheller Mail, which has been publishing every Wednesday for 99 years and has been owned by the Sheddy family since 1954.

Drumheller is within range of the radio and television stations in Calgary. It has no television stations of its own, but it does have a radio station of its own, as well as rebroadcast transmitters:


According to the Canada 2006 Census:[1]

Population: 7,932
Land area: 110.80 square kilometres (42.78 sq mi)
Population density: 73.5 people/km² (190.4/sq mi)
Median age: 39.7 (males: 37.0, females: 43.1)
Total private dwellings: 3,244
Mean household income: $56,029

Following the merger with the Municipal District of Badlands, the following localities are included in the municipal incorporation of Drumheller:[4]

These localities used to be hamlets, villages or legal subdivisions of the Municipal District of Badlands.


External links

Coordinates: 51°27′49″N 112°43′10″W / 51.46361°N 112.71944°W / 51.46361; -112.71944 (Drumheller)


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