It seemed the second we drove across the Saskatchewan – Alberta border the landscape changed! It was still on the flat side but the green fields were suddenly dryer and orange! At some point we went through a time zone (two so far) but we had no idea that it had happened until we noticed our phone time didn’t match the radio any more.
We headed a little north of the highway (up miles and miles of dirt road) to a campground that we had chosen purely for the name – Dinosaur Provincial Park! We had no idea what we were heading into so were pretty amazed when a canyon suddenly appeared out of nowhere! It was like a mini version of the Grand Canyon! We were in the Badlands!
When walking around the park the landscape reminded us of films – we half expected to turn the corner and bump into a dinosaur, but fortunately for us the only ones we did come across were fossils or models (… or were they?!).
Somehow we managed to get across from Ontario to Alberta a day earlier than we had planned, so two days before the Calgary Stampede began, we finally parked up in a trusty Walmart in the city. We had heard that people have stayed in their RVs in this Walmart carpark for years and it wasn’t far from the Stampede, so we tried our luck that we could stay in one spot for the whole ten days without having to pay for parking (spoiler alert: it worked)!