We spent a day at the Royal Tyrrel Museum, in Drumheller. This is set among the badlands in Alberta, and is the home of a large collection of fossils, ranging from the Cambrian period all the way through the last Ice Age.
The next day we went to Banff, a town in the Canadian Rockies, which is well-known for its hot springs. And its touristy small-town vibe, with lots of shops crowded by tourists over the long weekend. There's also a beautiful hotel, called the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, that you probably can't afford to stay at. After a hike up the falls, we ate in town, and then went to the hot springs, which was actually a pool fed by the hot springs.
A few pictures for your enjoyment:
|I have way more pictures of these prairie dogs, outside the Royal Tyrrell Museum, than I have of anything inside the museum.|
|The lower falls, on the hike.|
|The upper falls, which is as far as we hiked.|
|My brother-in-law, his wife, and three boys--5, 4, and 5 months--on the way back from the hike.|