With not much to entertain us in Edmonton we spent the afternoon in the car heading for Drumheller - a town in the heart of the canadian badlands and making it's mark on the map due to hundreds of dinosaur remains and fossils being discovered daily here. On every street was a replica dinosaur of some kind, including the worlds biggest T-Re
! We ended up camping in Drumheller for a couple of nights and spent our time checking out the scenery of the badlands and Hoodoos - pinnacles created by wind and rain erosion left jutting out of the ground. We spotted our first moose, although it was only a baby and walked over the river on a cranky old suspension bridge in strong winds...bit scary! We also visited a town called Wayne, once a thriving mining community and now has a population of 27, but manages to draw the tourists in with it's Last Change Saloon - an old wild west style saloon complete with bullet holes in the walls and of course a resident ghost! Before we left town, we were advised that we had to pay a visit to the Royal Tyrell Museum and it was well worth it too. It is one of the leading dinosaur museums in the world and has loads of complete dinosaur skeletons. It's also cool as you can see the technicians at work in the lab uncovering dinosaur bones -some of them have been working on one project / skeleton for over 2 years. We drove out through the valley, and managed to spot some coyotes in a field on the way. We ended the day in great luxury and braved our first night in Walmart in a city called Moose Jaw, along with a couple of caravaners obviously trying to save a buck as well!
When we woke up it was snowing quite hard in Jasper, but luckily not laying and we had a clear drive to Edmonton. After a few cold nights in the car we were in need of a little bit of comfort and decided to stay in Go Backpackers down town in the City. A pretty uneventful time doing laundry and catching up on some emails, and opted for an early night. The next day we payed a quick visit to the West Edmonton Mall - apparently a bit of a must do just because of the sheer size of it. We parked at entrance 31 and marvelled for a bit at hundreds of shops complete with ice rink, water park and sea lion show.