Relics to Rodeo
Do you want to experience Canada together as a family?
You’ll learn all about the fascinating history of dinosaurs and experience life at the world’s largest rodeo. Our Relics to Rodeo trip is a fantastic balance of history, natural beauty and good old fashioned Canadian fun.
Experience the greatest rodeo show on Earth - Calgary Stampede
Hike though scenic mountain and lake wilderness
Create your own fossil cast to take home with you
Explore a UNESCO site where over 400 dinosaur skeletons have been found
Learn about dinosaurs at a dedicated palaeontology museum
This exciting trip to Canada includes international flights, car hire, excursions, most breakfasts and accommodation. We’ll take care of the boring bits leaving you to make the most of your holiday.
The day for your big family adventure through Canada is here at last – woo hoo! After packing any last minute essentials you’ll hop aboard a plane to Calgary. After passing through customs make your way to your hotel to settle in. You’ll stay for just one night – but not to worry, you’ll be back!
The next day collect your hire car and start your adventure. First stop is the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. It’s easily one of the most impressive dinosaur museums in the world and Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. Be sure to check out 'Black Beauty', a fascinating 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus.
Ready for a spot more dino exploring? Good, because the next day you’re off to the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Southern Alberta, a UNESCO World Heritage site where over 40 species and 400 skeletons have been found. Immerse yourself in the visitor centre where you’ll be surrounded by real tools of the trade and learn how much fossils can teach us about ancient environments and the animals that lived there. You’ll even get a chance to create your own authentic fossil cast – a cool souvenir for the kids to take home.
Waterton National Park
Next up you’ll head to the mountains where you’ll stay on the edge of Waterton Lake surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. Despite its boundless natural beauty, this glorious and dramatic National Park remains off the beaten tourist track. You’ll get to know this park better on a 10.5 km hike through aspen forest and prairie grasslands. Wildlife watchers will be in their element – look out for bison, coyotes and even bears. You’ll also have a chance to soak up the peace and tranquillity of this lake with a scenic cruise - don’t forget to pack the camera!
You’ll finish up your trip back in Calgary where you can explore its cool eateries, quirky boutiques and excellent coffee. This evening, don your western duds and saddle up for the greatest rodeo show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede, kicking off with a spectacular fireworks display to get get you in the mood. Watch professional cowboys complete in bull riding, chuckwagon racing and steer racing. You can all join in too with a spot of square dancing! Enjoy the excellent traditional Western hospitality.
On Day 10 you’ll head home with plenty of new family travel memories you will all remember forever.