Our province is blessed with so many incredible natural wonders, you definitely don't have to hop on a plane to be in awe. Horsethief Canyon in Drumheller, Alberta, is yet another mind-blowing travel destination that will save you the tickets to see desert-like terrain that might remind you of Joshua Tree or Death Valley.
You'll want to make the trip to this beauty located just outside Drumheller sometime soon. If you need a refresher about Drumheller, the town is a tourist hotspot for a really specific reason.
You probably know that reason if you're a lover of all things dinosaur. Both the World's Largest Dinosaur and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology have made this place the informal dinosaur capital of the country.
Beyond the dinos, the town's also in the heart of the Alberta badlands. This means that if you want to experience a slice of canyon heaven, you need to hitch a ride to Drumheller ASAP.
It's just under a two-hour drive from Calgary, so there's not much holding you back from standing on these massive rocks and admiring the surreal views. Road trips across Alberta are always a good time.
Horsethief Canyon is set on the aptly-named Dinosaur Trail, and you will only have to walk for a few minutes to get to the spectacular viewpoint.
The east bank of the Red Deer River will also be flowing around you, so there is plenty of natural beauty to keep you enchanted.
There is another popular canyon in the area: the Horseshoe Canyon.
Don't let the oddly similar names confuse you, though. Horsethief is every bit as beautiful and worthwhile as its neighbour Horseshoe, and both are formed by different tributaries of the Red Deer River.
Even the name itself holds a bit of fun history. According to Travel Drumheller, this was the prime spot to hide horses while they were getting illegally traded between the U.S. and Canada.
So this was the hideout for horse thieves. If that isn't the best way to name tourist spots, we don't know what is.
The best part is that this canyon works just as well as a hideout spot today as it did hundreds of years ago.
You can find yourself getting immersed in these colossal layers of rocks. There's nothing quite like savouring the peace and quiet that only massive empty canyons can promise.
Whether you just like to gaze at the wild view, or you like an adventure through the badlands, this place will check a lot of boxes for you.
And as it's not far from major cities and tourist havens, there really isn't a reason why you can't find the time for a quick, serene trip to the canyon.
Address: Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller, AB
Why You Need To Go: Why hop on a plane to see the wonders of the world when this baby is right here in Alberta? The views, photo opportunities, and zen nature of the canyon will totally enchant you.