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Our Organization

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 in March
-Lunch & Learns and other educational events throughout the year
-the Celebration of Excellence (in partnership with other local groups)
-Small Business Week events such as our Women In Business mixer in October
-Election Forums
-Jingle Mingle membership appreciation mixer in early December

World's Largest Dinosaur
The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce owns and operates the World’s Largest Dinosaur attraction and giftshop. Each month a portion of proceeds from the World's Largest Dinosaur are allocated to the Legacy Fund and are donated back into the 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 over $810,000 in the Drumheller region. Of the total, $411,000 has been dispersed to 36 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. Over $111,000 has been re-invested in local businesses through the Business Enhancement Grant program. The remaining funds have been donated to the Town of Drumheller for the construction of the Badlands Community Facility ($250,000), Rails to Trails project ($16,000) and economic development initiatives ($22,000).
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 1958 and was reconstructed by inmates of the Drumheller Institution in 1991. It was designed as a place of worship and meditation, not just a tourist attraction.

The Little Church is open to the public 24/7 and there is no fee to use the church for ceremonies, however donations are appreciated to assist with maintenance costs. The Little Church is a very popular stop for tourists and host numerous ceremonies throughout the year. See our Little Church page for more information on booking it for events.

It can be found on the North side of North Dinosaur Trail between the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club.
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 our staff counsel over 50,000 visitors to the Drumheller valley each year.
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.