Exploring the Arts of the Canadian Badlands

Dive into the unique art and culture found in the Drumheller Valley and the nearby community of Rosebud.  Fascination with the beauty and mystery of the Canadian Badlands has drawn many artists to reside in the area. Through photography, paint, clay, words, song, dance and movement, artists portray their perspectives of a place as old as the dinosaurs.

Be sure to look up driving times before you depart. A full list of visitor centers as well as contact information for attractions on this tour can be found by downloading the tour document.

The Canadian Badlands Touring Routes aim to follow good secondary highways and occasionally, offer gravel-road alternatives. Please drive carefully and respect private property. Every effort has been made to ensure accurate information at the time of publication. You are advised to conduct further research in advance. We are unable to accept responsibility for any inconvenience, loss or injury sustained as a result of anyone relying upon this information.

Tour Route

1. Part One highlights - Drumheller

The Drumheller Valley is a magical place. At times awash in pink and gold, the Canadian Badlands are never the same from day to day. Add the bright light of dawn and the soft pastels of sunset, and it’s no wonder few can resist writing a line or two, framing the perfect image with a camera, or brushing paint on canvas to capture the uniqueness of the Canadian Badlands. Chat with an artist at the Badlands Gallery and listen to music or experience live theatre outdoors or shows at one of the many local cafes. As you explore the Canadian Badlands with an artist's eye, bring your camera and challenge your creative!

2. Part Two highlights - Rosebud and Greater Area

Rosebud is home of the famous Rosebud Theatre, Alberta’s only professional rural theatre. The village springs to life on show days, when hundreds of visitors stroll past historic buildings, peek into art galleries and craft shops, sit down to a scrumptious meal and then enjoy theatre at its best. A night in one of the lovely bed-and breakfasts, such as the Rosebud Country Inn, and a starlit stroll along quiet streets rounds out a wonderful day of country culture.


  • Enjoy Alberta's only professional rural theatre

  • Tour village art galleries

  • Meet musicians, actors and visual artists

Greater Area

  • Welcome spring at the East Coulee Spring Festival

  • If you’re an early riser, take in the sunrise at Horseshoe Canyon, it is worth getting up for and is a photographer’s dream location.

  • Tour local artwork at Carbon's historic Farmer's Exchange

  • Visit Irricana’s Murals and the Grasshopper Gallery as well as Pioneer Acres

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