A couple kissing at Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller Alberta

Picture your Alberta elopement set against the dramatic landscapes of Drumheller where towering hoodoos and ancient fossils create a one-of-a-kind backdrop. If you’re wondering how to elope in Drumheller, I got you covered! As a seasoned Alberta elopement photographer with a love for the extraordinary, I’m excited to guide you through the best tips and tricks for planning your dream elopement in Drumheller. Let’s embark on this journey to discover the unique charm of the Dinosaur Capital!

The Best Time of Year to Elope in Drumheller

Late Summer | Early Fall

Late August, September, and October offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds, making them ideal months to elope in Drumheller. Planning your Alberta wedding in Drumheller during these times are also a great way to beat the desert heat and avoid the crowds during those popular and hot summer months! As your Alberta elopement photographer I’m here to help you navigate all these details!

The Best Places to Elope in Drumheller

01. Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on a breathtaking journey to Horseshoe Canyon, where the vast expanse unfolds before you, showcasing a mesmerizing blend of natural grandeur and geological wonders. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring views of this iconic canyon, adorned with striking rock formations that stand as ancient sculptures crafted by the hands of time. Horseshoe Canyon beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike to witness its unique beauty, making it an ideal backdrop for unforgettable moments such as weddings or simply to revel in the magnificence of the Canadian Badlands. A perfect spot for your Alberta elopement.

02. Hoodoo Trail

Embark on a mesmerizing journey along the Hoodoo Trail in Drumheller, where ancient rock pillars sculpted by nature stand as silent sentinels. Traverse the surreal landscape, marvelling at the otherworldly formations that tell the story of time. This trail promises a captivating adventure for nature enthusiasts, offering a glimpse into the fascinating geological history of the area.

03. Ghost Town of Rowley

Step back in time as you explore the ghost town of Rowley, a once-thriving community frozen in the echoes of the past. Stroll through abandoned buildings and weathered remnants, each whispering tales of a bygone era. With its nostalgic charm and rustic allure, Rowley offers a hauntingly beautiful backdrop for those seeking a unique and evocative experience.

04. Ghost Town of Wayne: Visit the Last Chance Saloon

Discover the ghost town of Wayne, where the echoes of a once-booming coal-mining town linger among the weathered structures and vintage remnants. Traverse the historic Last Chance Saloon and wander through the semi-ghost town, immersing yourself in the stories of Wayne’s past. This evocative destination invites exploration and reflection, providing a glimpse into the resilience of a town shaped by time.

05. Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Embark on a captivating journey through time at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, where the mysteries of prehistoric life come alive. Nestled in the heart of Drumheller, this world-renowned museum invites visitors to explore an extraordinary collection of dinosaur fossils and artifacts. Marvel at the lifelike reconstructions of ancient creatures that once roamed the Earth, and delve into the fascinating exhibits that unveil the secrets of our planet’s rich paleontological history. The Royal Tyrrell Museum stands as a beacon for enthusiasts and curious minds alike, offering an immersive and educational adventure into the captivating world of dinosaurs and the evolution of life on Earth.

A couple holding hands in the ghost town of rowley on their wedding day near Drumheller Alberta

The Best Accommodations to Elope in Drumheller

If you’re looking to stay overnight in Drumheller, embrace it’s kitschy feel and waterslide pool hotels, these are the places I would recommend as your Alberta elopement photography expert. However, Drumheller is only 1hr 30min away from Calgary so if you’re down for the drive back for a more luxurious experience, check out my top fave Calgary hotels below. I personally love kitschy experiences and find they always come with a great story but I also love to get super pampered and luxe too 😉

01. Drumheller Heartwood Inn & Spa

Experience tranquility and indulgence at the Heartwood Inn & Spa in Drumheller, a haven of relaxation amidst the captivating Badlands scenery. This charming accommodation combines rustic elegance with modern comforts, offering well-appointed rooms and a serene atmosphere. Guests can unwind in the spa facilities, reveling in rejuvenating treatments and a calming ambiance. Nestled in the heart of Drumheller, the inn provides convenient access to local attractions such as the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Horseshoe Canyon. Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the Heartwood Inn & Spa, where every stay promises a perfect blend of comfort and a touch of luxury in this unique Alberta wedding setting.

02. Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller Hotel & Suites

Discover comfort and convenience at the Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller, where modern amenities meet the charm of the Badlands. Nestled in the heart of Drumheller, this accommodation provides a welcoming retreat with well-appointed rooms and contemporary furnishings. Guests can unwind in style, enjoying amenities such as a fitness center, indoor pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel’s central location ensures easy access to Drumheller’s key attractions, making it an ideal base for exploring the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Horseshoe Canyon, and other iconic landmarks. Whether you’re a leisure traveler or on a family adventure, the Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller offers a comfortable haven in the midst of Alberta’s captivating landscape.

03. The Tyrannosaurus Rest Bed and Breakfast in Drumheller

Experience a charming blend of hospitality and dinosaur-themed whimsy at The Tyrannosaurus Rest Bed and Breakfast in Drumheller. Nestled in the heart of the Badlands, this unique accommodation offers cozy rooms with a playful nod to prehistoric times. Immerse yourself in the friendly ambiance, where personalized service meets themed decor, creating a delightful stay for guests of all ages. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before exploring nearby attractions like the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Horseshoe Canyon. The Tyrannosaurus Rest Bed and Breakfast is more than just a place to stay; it’s a memorable retreat that adds a touch of Jurassic charm to your Drumheller elopement.

04. Fairmont Palliser, Calgary

Indulge in the epitome of luxury at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, where timeless elegance and modern sophistication harmoniously blend. This iconic hotel, nestled in the heart of downtown Calgary, offers opulent accommodations adorned with classic décor and upscale amenities. Guests can savor exquisite dining experiences, unwind in the lavish spa, and enjoy impeccable service throughout their stay. The Fairmont Palliser stands as a historic landmark, providing a refined oasis in the midst of the bustling city. With its proximity to Calgary’s vibrant cultural attractions and business districts, this grand hotel ensures an elevated experience for both leisure and business travellers, promising an unforgettable stay in the heart of Alberta’s cosmopolitan hub.

05. Le Germain Hotel, Calgary

Experience urban sophistication at Le Germain Hotel in Calgary, a sleek and contemporary retreat in the heart of the city. This boutique hotel, known for its modern design and attention to detail, offers chic accommodations that seamlessly blend style and comfort. Guests can enjoy the refined ambiance of the hotel’s public spaces, characterized by clean lines and artistic flair. Indulge in culinary delights at the on-site restaurant, unwind in the stylish lounge, and relish the personalized service that defines the Le Germain experience. Perfectly situated for both business and leisure travelers, this hotel provides a refined escape with easy access to Calgary’s vibrant cultural scene and business districts, ensuring a memorable stay in the heart of urban sophistication.

06. The Dorian, Autograph Collection, Calgary

Discover contemporary elegance at the Dorian, Autograph Collection in Calgary, where modern design and artistic sophistication come together seamlessly. Situated in the heart of the city, this boutique hotel offers stylish and thoughtfully curated accommodations. Guests can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the hotel’s unique design, featuring a blend of artistic elements and luxurious comforts. Indulge in culinary delights at the on-site restaurant, unwind in chic surroundings, and appreciate personalized service. With its prime location near Calgary’s cultural and entertainment hotspots, the Dorian promises a distinctive stay for those seeking a blend of creativity and upscale hospitality in the heart of downtown Calgary.

A couple eloping and about to have their first dance along the Hoodoo trail Drumheller Alberta

The Best Activities For Your Drumheller Elopement

  • Dinosaur Fossil Tours
  • Hoodoo Exploration
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum Visit
  • Badlands Helicopter Tours
  • Stargazing in the Badlands
  • Hiking
  • Campervan adventures

Traveling to Drumheller For Your Elopement

Calgary International Airport serves as the main entry point to Drumheller. Enjoy a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Calgary to Drumheller, immersing yourself in the unique landscapes along the way. You’ll pass through yellow canola fields until you enter Drumheller which feels like you’ve landed on another planet!

Navigating Drumheller

Drumheller’s iconic landmarks are easily accessible, providing an opportunity to explore the rich history and geological wonders of the region. If you decide to elope in Drumheller, as your Alberta elopement photographer and planner-in-crime, I’ll guide you to lesser-known spots for an intimate and memorable experience.

How to Make Your Drumheller Elopement Official

You’ll need a marriage license to officially marry in Alberta, the province where Drumheller is located! This can be done by visiting a registry agent’s office in Alberta. After you and your partner are issued a marriage license, it is only valid for three months from the date of issue and only recognized in the province it’s issued. 

An officiant (legally permitted to do so) must perform the marriage and then send a completed and signed marriage license to Alberta Vital Statistics. After the officiant registers the marriage, you can request a marriage certificate.

You can learn more about making your marriage official in Alberta here!

Certain locations in Drumheller may require permits or have entry fees. I’ll assist you in obtaining necessary permits and provide insights on fees to ensure a seamless Alberta elopement experience.

A couple walking through Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller Alberta

Leave No Trace When You Elope In Drumheller

The beauty of eloping lies not just in the simplicity and intimacy of the experience but also within the location where it’s celebrated. We want to keep that scenery beautiful during your Alberta elopement! That way, generations to come can also enjoy Mother Nature and all her amazing wonders. Leave No Trace is an organization that focuses on educating people on sustainability. I’m proud to be a Leave No Trace Aware Photographer and intentionally practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace below!


  • Plan Ahead & Prepare
  • Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Others

You can learn more about Leave No Trace on their website.

Drumheller Elopement Essentials Packing List

Ensure you have all the essentials, including wedding attire, comfortable footwear, and any specialized gear for exploring the hoodoos and canyons. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Passport / ID / Credit Cards 
  • Elopement Attire
  • Sustainable Garment Bags (Check out the Green Garmento!)
  • Vow Books
  • Rings
  • Base Layers
  • Thermals
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots
  • Jackets
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Long + Short Sleeved Shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Adaptors + Chargers 
  • First Aid Kit + Medications + Toiletries 
  • Hiking Packs
  • Snacks
  • Reusable Water Bottles
A couple eloping in Horseshoe Canyon Drumheller Alberta and saying their vows

Drumheller Elopement Timeline

12:00 PM: Get ready together and have your reveal by the Huge Dinosaur!

2:00 PM: Drive to Horseshoe Canyon for a breathtaking ceremony backdrop

3:00 PM: Explore the canyon before your intimate Ceremony

5:00 PM: Travel to the Hoodoo Trail

6:00 PM: Sunset portraits and your first dance among the Hoodoos

7:00 PM: Celebrate with a picnic dinner in the Badlands and a champagne pop

Ready to Elope in Drumheller?

If the idea of a Drumheller elopement captivates you, share your love story and vision with me here. I’m your personal Alberta wedding photographer and eager to help you create a distinctive and unforgettable elopement experience in the Dinosaur Capital! Explore my travel page and if you’re still deciding where to elope, download my free ‘How To Choose Your Dream Elopement Destination‘ guide for additional insights. Let’s make your Drumheller elopement a truly prehistoric celebration!

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