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Drumheller- Bleriot Ferry

Crossing the River

With a pretty view

A pleasant moment on our day trip last Thursday was a ride on The Bleriot Ferry. Definitely a land-lubber’s ideal. Established in 1913  this  is the last of thirteen ferries that once served  the Red Deer River.  It undoubtedly continues to survive because tourists to the area find it a charming extra incentive to take the Dinosaur Trail out of Drumheller.

A few years ago one such visitor accurately blogged,

” Bleriot Ferry is a cable-guided barge over the Red Deer River a few miles upstream from the town. The 1978 boat is registered “Bleriot : Port Of Edmonton” Its length is 1/3rd of the Red Deer River’s width at that point. Had they commissioned two more hulls, with a bit of welding, they’d have a bridge.”

Next to the crossing  there’s a  little campground nearby that might be worth setting up a tent in. Their site has attractive pictures of the camp, ferry and surrounding badlands.

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Flowers in Drumheller

In the Badlands

After visiting the Royal Tyrrell  Museum our most urgent desire was for a picnic table in the shade to eat lunch at.  And we found one near the abandoned coal mine.  Just past mid-day in what comes about as close to a desert environment as Alberta allows, it didn’t seem like a likely time or place in which to photograph wild-flowers.

It wasn’t, but a few things grew.

Yellow

White

Silver and Gold

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