4 Epic Drives in Alberta

 

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.

Icefields Parkway 

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.

Kananaskis Country

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 create. 

Mountain Drive

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 views.

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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