What is a Chamber of Commerce?
The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization comprised of businesses, organizations and individuals, committed to building a strong business community.
Our organization dates back to the early 1900s. In 1919, the Drumheller & District Board of Trade was established with W.R. Cumming as the first President. The Board’s slogan was “It is good and loyal citizenship to be an active member of your Board of Trade.” On December 20, 1968 the Drumheller & District Board of Trade was federally incorporated under the Boards of Trade Act and became the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce. Under the Income Tax Act, we are registered as a not-for-profit. The DDCC is governed by a maximum of 13 Board members, including 12 elected members and one appointee from the Town of Drumheller. As the Chamber of Commerce, we host a number of functions throughout the year, including our Annual General Meeting, member appreciation and educational events, the annual golf tournament and Small Business Week events.
World's Largest Dinosaur
The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce owns and operates the World’s Largest Dinosaur Attraction and Giftshop. A portion of proceeds from the World's Largest Dinosaur go into the Legacy Fund and are donated back into our community to enhance and enrich community economic development initiatives in the Drumheller region. Since its inception in 2005, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce through the WLD Legacy Fund has invested $617,000 into the Drumheller region. Of the total, $367,000 was dispersed to 35 non-profit organizations, including the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, East Coulee School Museum, Drumheller Minor Soccer, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Rosebud Theatre and Drumheller Off Road Vehicle Association to name a few, for a variety of capital projects. The remaining $250,000 was donated to the Town of Drumheller for the construction of the Badlands Community Facility.
Visitor Information Center
The DDCC also operates the accredited Drumheller Visitor Information Centre, located in the same building as the World's Largest Dinosaur giftshop and our Chamber offices. It is one of the busiest VIC's in Alberta, open year-round, and staff counsel over 50,000 visitors each year.
The Little Church
The DDCC owns and maintains Drumheller's "Little Church". This miniature church was first erected by local contractor Trygve Seland, in cooperation with the Ministerial Association in 1968 and was reconstructed by inmates of the Drumheller Institution in 1991. It was designed as a place of worship and mediation and not just a tourist attraction. It is open 24/7 and there is no fee to use the church for ceremonies, however donations are appreciated to assist with maintenance costs. It can be found on the North side of North Dinosaur Trail between the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club.
Support Services Department
Since 2003, the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce has held contracts with the Government of Alberta to provide temporary labour to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. These contracts require the Chamber of Commerce to act as an administrator by providing invoicing, payroll and other services for an administrative fee. This department of the DDCC has been called DDCC Support Services.