I found the Alberta Badlands a truly unique place to run trails and hills and then to watch the sunset. The big sky, the lonely trails, the steep hills, and the ancient feeling of it all.
And of course the hazards: cacti, rattlesnakes, extreme heat, and risk of getting lost all add to the mystique of it.
We camped for 5 nights at Dinosaur Provincial Park in eastern Alberta. We found lots of places to explore and enjoyed discovering new corners, and the unexpected wildlife: flowers, birds, bugs, deer, snakes, rabbits.
Climbing one of the thousands of hills and watching the sunset was one my favourite memories.
We did see 3 snakes (2 rattlesnakes) in 5 days which strongly encouraged me to not veer off the main trail at all.
This is definitely a place not to miss on your cross-Canada tour. It is off the highway by 30 minutes but worth spending a night or two.
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