Last Chance Saloon - Wayne, Alberta

Sundre to Drumheller, Alberta

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

June 28 ~Day #49
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Current Location: Drumheller, Alberta

Today’s Total Expenses: $64.44

Accommodation: $15.00 (tenting at Last Chance Saloon)
Food: $33.44 ($4.09 for lunch at Wal-Mart and $29.35 for dinner at Last Chance Saloon)
Entertainment: $16.00

Heading Out to Drumheller

Packing up went fairly smoothly and we were back on the road again well before noon.

It wasn’t a very long drive as Drumheller isn’t that far away from Sundre.

Drumheller Info Center

Our first stop was the info center in downtown Drumheller to find out exactly what was in the area and what we should see.

You can’t miss the info center. It boasts a larger-than-life dinosaur right at its entrance.

Speaking of dinosaurs – the area is positively littered with variously coloured dinosaur recreations. They seem to be everywhere you look.

Drumheller is REALLY into dinosaurs!

Finding a Campground

One of the first things we wanted to do was find a place to pitch our tent for the night.

The info center gave us several suggestions and we began to check them out.

Most places seemed rather expensive – almost $30 for an unserviced tent lot that was squeezed in wherever they could find room.

Last Chance Saloon – Wayne, Alberta

Last Chance Saloon – Wayne, Alberta

We started to look farther afield when we stumbled upon the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne, Alberta. It’s a little off the beaten path and considered a ghost town – current population of Wayne – 27.

We stopped into the saloon because a sign at the road said “Camping – $15” and that suited our budget.

The price was indeed $15.00 for an unserviced lot, but there were flush toilets and showers ($1 each). We paid for our camping, checked out the menu at the saloon and decided to treat ourselves to dinner at the Last Chance Saloon when we returned for the night.

They also have rooms at the Rose Deer Hotel which is attached to the saloon.

Even if you don’t plan to stay here, it’s worth a visit, particularly on Wednesday nights when they have quart beer specials and frequently have live music as well.

Tyrrell Museum

With our accommodations secured for the evening we felt we had enough time to visit the Tyrrell museum, leaving all the other attractions we might want to see until tomorrow.

The Tyrrell Museum is a MUST SEE. The exhibits are extremely well done, logically laid out and well explained.

There are various videos you can stop to watch that are both informative and humorous.

We should, actually, have set aside the major part of a day to visit this museum. Yes – it’s that good!

Admission is reasonable for such an amazing museum. Check their website for current pricing.

Dinner at the Last Chance Saloon

This establishment is located between the 9th and 10th bridge of the 11 Bridges Park. There are actually 11 bridges in a very short distance. Almost all of them are a single lane – so be careful and yield when you need to.

We were really looking forward to dinner as we had checked out the menu earlier and thought their prices seemed reasonable.

We opted for the homemade meat pies. I had chicken and Geoff had beef. Now, when they say “homemade” they actually mean it. They were quite large with a flaky pastry and plenty of tasty filling. We had one pie each and shared a basket of fries. We also splurged and had a beer each.

Geoff and I both like dark beers so we inquired about that. What they had was a Traditional Ale from a small brewery called Big Rock. The beer was a lovely dark amber colour and went down really well.

At the end of our meal we were pleasantly full and passed on dessert.

Total cost? Less than $30!

There’s quite a story that goes along with this saloon and hotel and you’ll be able to read all about it when you stop in.

Off To Bed

As we made our way to our tent we realized we were the only ones camping there that night.

I’m sure that will change as the summer season gets into full swing.

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