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July 18th (2015)
I left Vancouver a month and a half ago already. I am still in Alberta and I plan to be in Toronto early August; time is running out, he’ll have to speed up the pace;)
After visiting Drumheller and Horsethief Canyon in the morning, I went in the direction of the village Dorothy, one of the ghost towns in the region. On the way I stopped to see some Hoodoos.
Drumheller Hoodoos Trail
A hoodoo is a rock formation. It is a brittle rock pillar topped by a harder rock that does not erode as fast and looks like a hat.
Arriving at the site, at the car park, there are 3-4 hoodoos well preserved and protected from tourists by railings, but it is pretty much all of it. The climb to the top of the hill does not allow to see more of them. There are cons by a beautiful view of the Badlands and other rock formations. Unfortunately, all the area near the tourists access is highly degraded. I criticize, but I admit it’s tempting to venture further, all these bumps and these curves offer a perfect and safe playground where kids can climb and slide.
The Ghost Town Dorothy
The village of Dorothy was disappointing. It was my first time in a ghost town and I was expecting something more authentic, more mysterious … and bigger.
It is a tiny village that you cross in 15 minutes max. Right at the entrance there is a campground (more for caravans than tents) where several families were staying. We cannot enter in any building except for the two churches, there is very little homes or businesses anyway.
For those who are fans of ghost towns, there is a site that lists them (US and Canada): http://www.ghosttowns.com/
So I did not stay very long at Dorothy and I continued my journey to arrive just before sunset at the “Dinosaur Park” next to Brook.