Dinosaur Provincial Park is located within the Badlands of Southern Alberta in Canada, about 200km east of the city of Calgary.
Since the Bone War days of Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, the Alberta Badlands were known to be one of the most fossil-rich areas of the world, with at least 58 new dinosaurs discovered in the area, and over 500 specimens discovered in total.
In 1955, Alberta created a provincial park in the area to ensure the fossils located within were protected from unauthorized fossil hunters. It was even declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Dinosaur Provincial Park got its name from the long history of dinosaur fossils found within the area, and because all Provincial Parks in Alberta have the suffix "Provincial Park".