Have you ever been to Drumheller, Alberta? After driving for an hour and a half north of Calgary through relatively flat farmlands and fields, you drop down into the Red Deer River Valley and the world seems to transform.
Not only is Drumheller the Dinosaur Capital of the World,
it’s also home to some very unusual looking geological formations called Hoodoos :
Hoodoos take millions of years to form and can range from 1.5-45 meters (5-150 feet) tall.
Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone.
The name “Hoodoo” comes from the word “voodoo” and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans.
In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.
You can also find some Hoodoos in Banff, AB along the Bow River.