4 Epic Drives in Alberta
4 Epic Drives in Alberta
Posted on March 28, 2019
Heading out on a road trip can be an exciting way to spend a day
or two. The Alberta area is home to some of the most epic and scenic drives in
the country, and you won't want to miss out. So, load up the car to take these
four amazing drives.
The Icefields Parkway runs along Highway 93. From start to finish,
the journey is roughly 146 miles, perfect for a long day trip or weekend
camping adventure. While traveling, you'll pass stunning landscapes,
breathtaking waterfalls, and other natural wonders. Anyone looking to take his
or her time on this route will have the option to stop at several unforgettable
locations. While driving through is a sight to behold on its own, you may want
to make your way to some of these top spots.
Head over to the Fairmont Chateau for a quick bite to eat or a
memorable hotel stay overlooking the crystal blue waters of Lake Louise. This
stop is on the southern end of the parkway, so it makes a great jumping off
point or final destination. Located near the midway point of the Icefields Parkway
is the Columbia Icefield, a glacier that is over 1,000 feet thick. Stop at the
discovery center to take a shuttle to a walkway, which overlooks the valley the
glacier carved out.
Another amazing road trip destination is Kananaskis Country. While
it's not designated as a specific route like the Icefields Parkway, Kananaskis
Country is a destination well worth the drive. Once you've arrived, there are
several ways to enjoy the majestic landscape.
This area of the Canadian Rockies consists of several thousand
square kilometres of pure outdoor bliss. Hiking, camping, cross-country skiing,
and even white water rafting depending on the season. You can even take a
helicopter tour of the mountain range. What's more breathtaking than that? Alternatively,
you can enjoy one of the many annual events such as the Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Festival.
The Dinosaur Trail
If you're looking to find your way back to a more roadside
adventure, there's no better place to do it than the Dinosaur Trail. This loop
takes you around the Horseshoe Canyon, where at one point, the area was shallow
sea teeming with large aquatic dinosaurs. Now, the Red Deer River has carved a
monstrous gorge where visitors can imagine how many years it took to
The longest leg of your great Alberta scenic road trip will take
you 266 miles through the Canadian Rockies from Calgary to Jasper. Plan lots of
extra time for landscape viewing, wildlife sightings, outdoor excursions, and
more. Be sure to pack some Tylenol for your jaw, as it's going to be hurting
from hanging open for hours at a time as you take in these once-in-a-lifetime
Alberta is home to some of the most gorgeous and stunning
stretches of road in North America. If you're a fan of nature and the great
outdoors, you owe it to yourself to take a few of the road trips on this
list and also use this as an opportunity to drive your new car or truck that you recently purchased from Crosstown Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
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