Canadian Badlands Investment Opportunities

Alberta continues to explore new opportunities to support and grow its tourism industry. In October 2006, 31 southeastern Alberta municipalities banded together to develop the Canadian Badlands and turn the region into a tourism icon. Given the rich tourism opportunities, Canadian Badlands Ltd has grown to now represent 63 municipalities in the region.

The Canadian Badlands is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, a world class dinosaur museum, and known by paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts around the world as one of the most prolific depositories of dinosaur fossils in the world. Complementing the Royal Tyrrell are assets throughout the region that include river valley badlands to un-glaciated hills, hoodoos, huge open skies, UNESCO world heritage sites, rich Aboriginal history, and a range of man-made attractions, along with culturally rich festivals and events.

In 2007, the Tourism Research and Investment Branch of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation commissioned a high-level of assessment of potential land based tourism investment opportunities in the Canadian Badlands region. The following booklets outline the investment opportunity that exists in the Canadian Badlands, and provides information on the following five investment opportunities:

  • Boutique Style Hotel Close to Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Resort Development in the Drumheller Valley
  • Resort Development at Lake Newell
  • Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park
  • Recreational Vehicle Destination Park in the Canadian Badlands

For additional information on these opportunities, please contact:

  • Bill Hodgins, Manager, Tourism Business Competitiveness and Investment

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Tourism Futures is south east Alberta's primary business resource for the tourism industry-a "tourism development specialist", offering professional assistance and guidance for new and existing entrepreneurs.


Last reviewed/revised: December 9, 2013