Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00pm

CANCELLED - Due to weather clouding overPhotograph this unique landscape by the light of the moon. This is a guided tour to the Avonlea Badlands in the dark. Bring a flashlight or head lamp (preferred), tripod, and camera capable of long exposures (no flash photography). You must be able to carry your gear 2km over uneven terrain. Tour takes about 2 hours. Call 306-868-2101 to confirm availablility.

 
Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Learn some local history at archaeological sites on this tour in the rolling Dirt Hills near Avonlea. U-drive this guided, 60 km roundtrip from the museum (high-clearance vehicle recommended). Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the prairie at the Man Effigy while stunning views from the Claybank Ceremonial Circle leave you breathless. Visitors learn about celestial alignments at summer and winter solstices and how this large stone circle is like Stonehenge. Contact 306-868-2101 or info@avonleamuseum.ca to confirm availability.

 

The Avonlea Badlands are truly a remarkable and unique environment. It is interesting to see how the seasons, weather, and time of day change this unique habitat. Visitors in the early morning are treated to a variety of bird songs. The shadows of evening are a photographer's dream. The stifling heat of high noon is astounding on a hot day as you drop into the desert-like bottom. June is an awesome time to tour as plant and bird life abound, but anytime is great. Contact the museum for tours.

In 2013, our museum met with landowners of the Avonlea Badlands to set up and organize scheduled tours. This arrangement has been beneficial to both the museum and the landowners. The museum benefits by welcoming interested individuals who often tour both the badlands and the museum. Landowners benefit because tours are now more controlled and have tour guides who ensure that the land and property are treated respectfully. It is important to be aware of and respectful of potential dangers. Cattle and horses are often found in or near the vicinity of the Badlands tours.

The Avonlea Badlands are a wonderful place to explore and many hikers, photographers, naturalists, geologists, palaeontologists enjoy the beauty of diverse ecosystems that are uniquely Saskatchewan. Guides lead you through hoodoos and points of interest in what some describe as a martian landscape. The tours are weather permitting and guided by volunteers, so we ask that you call (306-868-2101 from Jun-Aug) or email (info@avonleamuseum.ca from Sep-May) and check our Events page for last minute cancellations as sometimes the weather doesn't co-operate. If you leave us your mobile number, we can call or text cancellations. You must be able to walk about 2 kilometres as there are no vehicles allowed past the gate and the terrain is uneven.

Cost:

  • $15.00 - Adult
  • $ 7.50 - Student

Group rate: (min. 6 people per booking)

  • $10.00 - Adult
  • $ 5.00 - Student

* includes a free tour of the museum *

Remember:

  • walking shoes
  • hat
  • water
  • bug spray
  • sun screen
  • camera
  • take only memories; leave only footprints

Visitors are asked to meet their guide at Avonlea Heritage Museum, 219 Railway Ave, Avonlea, Sk, (at the end of Main Street).

2017 Tour Dates

Avonlea Badlands tours are scheduled for Saturdays in Jul and Aug from 9:30-11:30. Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26.
For those that prefer Sunday tours we go 2:30-4:30 on Jun 25, Jul 16, and Aug 13.

Badland Shadows Catch the evening light Thursdays in July & August from 7:00-9:00 Jun 22, Jul 6, Aug 3

Badlands Night Photo Tours No flash photography. Bring a flashlight, tripod, & camera capable of long exposure.

  • Milky Way PhotoTours - Fri. May 26 & Sat. Jun 24 - Take advantage of this dark sky location on a night with no moonlight to photograph the stars. Meet at museum 11pm
  • Moonlight PhotoTours - Sat. Jun 10 & Fri. Jul 7 - Let a large moon light up this surreal landscape. - Meet at museum 11pm

Call 306-868-2101 or email info@avonleamuseum.ca to confirm availablility.

 
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:30pm

** Cancelled due to weather** Clouds blocking the stars, and high winds that make tripods unsteady are the reason this is cancelled. Maybe we'll have better luck next time. Take advantage of this dark sky location with very little light pollution to photograph the stars. This is a guided tour to the Avonlea Badlands in the dark. Bring a flashlight or head lamp (preferred), tripod, and camera capable of long exposures. You must be able to carry your gear 2km over uneven terrain. Tour lasts about 2 hours. Call 306-868-2101 to confirm availablility.

 
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Attend this u-drive guided tour (about 60 kilometres roundtrip) to archaeological sites on private land in the Avonlea area.  First, we visit the Man Effigy to learn about stone formations and local history there. The tour continues to the Dirt Hills to see the Claybank Ceremonial Circle. Visitors are introduced to recently discovered celestial alignments on the summer and winter solstice and learn how this circle is like Stonehenge. Combine this with the tour to the Avonlea Badlands in the morning. And perhaps stay for the barbequed hamburgers and hotdogs at the museum during lunch. Make a full day of it with Avonlea Heritage Museum!

 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy this picturesque landscape with rich evening light and cooler temperatures. Volunteer guides lead you to favourite locations in the Avonlea Badlands. You must be able to walk 2km over uneven terrain. Call 306-868-2101 to confirm availablility.

 
Thursday, August 24, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Calling all friends of the museum! Join us for tea, coffee and goodies this afternoon. We will be showing a video of a barn dance from one of George and Vera Donison's anniversary - were you there?

 
Sunday, August 13, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Come down to Avonlea Heritage Museum and experience the Badlands of Avonlea. The guided tours will teach you about the natural history of the area, recent fossil discoveries, and the animals and plants around you. Not to mention the beautiful scenery! You must be able to walk 2 km over uneven terrain. Call 306-868-2101 or info@avonleamuseum.ca to confirm availability.

 
Saturday, August 26, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am

Come down to Avonlea Heritage Museum and experience the Badlands of Avonlea. The guided tours will teach you about the natural history of the area, recent fossil discoveries, and the animals and plants around you. Not to mention the beautiful scenery! You must be able to walk 2 km over uneven terrain. Call 306-868-2101 or info@avonleamuseum.ca to confirm availability.

 
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am

Come down to Avonlea Heritage Museum and experience the Badlands of Avonlea. The guided tours will teach you about the natural history of the area, recent fossil discoveries, and the animals and plants around you. Not to mention the beautiful scenery! You must be able to walk 2 km over uneven terrain. Call 306-868-2101 or info@avonleamuseum.ca to confirm availability.

 

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