Exploring Alberta’s Provincial Parks: Midland

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About Midland

Midland Provincial Park is a small provincial park located just outside of Drumheller at the site of the former Midland Coal Mine. This coal mine closed after a large mine explosion in the 1920s killed many miners. Midland Provincial Park today is home to the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology. The park was created in 1979 to preserve the historical coal mining artifacts in the the Drumheller valley.

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Summer at Midland

Midland Provincial Park contains lots of the different activities that the Canadian badlands have to offer such as unique hiking, geocaching, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities. There is also mountain biking and picnicking opportunities in the park. There is a disc golf course in the park with natural hazards such as washouts, cactuses, and slippery slopes. Note that the badlands get extremely hot in the summertime and that there are snakes within these parks.

Winter at Midland

Winter activities at Midland Provincial Park are the same as the summer activities.

Camping at Midland

There isn’t any camping in Midland Provincial Park.

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This data is accurate as of 2023

Day Use at Midland

There are two designated day use areas in Midland Provincial Park: McMullen Island & Midland Coal Mine Day Use Areas.

McMullen Island Day Use Area is a good place to enjoy a picnic in the Drumheller valley. There is a paved trail here that connects the Town of Drumheller to the Badlands Interpretive Trail. There are outhouses and water taps at this day use area

Midland Coal Mine Day Use is one of the cooler historical day use areas in Alberta. It contains many old mining artifacts from when coal was being mined out of the area such as coal cutter machines. The Midland Coal Mining Company Office still stands today and was repurposed as part of the interpretive trail. There is a small gazebo rest stop midway through that trail as well.


Distances to Alberta Cities

Distance to Calgary: 145km

Distance to Edmonton: 286km

Distance to Red Deer: 170km

Distance to Lethbridge: 267km

Distance to Grande Prairie: 743km

Coordinates: 51°28’40.6″N 112°46’17.9″W

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