One of the best things that you can do in the summer is a grab a bunch of friends and head out on the open road. With so much to see and do in Alberta, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to go and what to see. No matter what area of the province you visit, you’re sure to have an amazing time.
Below are few suggestions of some scenic drives you may want to explore during the summer:
The Icefields Parkway (also known as Highway 93): This 232 km trail is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The scenery along the parkway is incredible and breathtaking. Drivers will have the opportunity see ancient glaciers, roaring waterfalls, emerald glacial lakes and an abundance of wildlife. Make sure to stop along the way and take some great photos!
The Cowboy Trail (also known as Highway 22): This 700 Km trail will provide you with an experience of the old west. The trail starts in Mayerthorpe and goes south to the Bragg Creek area. This is the perfect area for those you want to experience how the west was one. Enjoy a variety of activities including horseback riding, guest ranches, historic attractions or stay at one of the many western themed accommodations. Giddy up partner!
The Iron Horse Trail: This drive starts at Waskatenau and extends to Cold Lake and Heinsburg. This drive follows an abandoned rail line that was once used by the Canadian National Railway. This route is a section of the Trans- Canada trail and offers cyclists, walkers, ATV’s and horseback rider’s endless kilometers of trail. 15 vehicle-accessible staging areas allow people to connect too many different sections of the trail. Not only will you enjoy exquisite scenery, but there are many historic towns and sites to explore that provide some history of the area.
The Boomtown Trail (also known as Highway 21 & 56): This drive provides an alternative to travellers if they want to avoid Highway 2, which connects Calgary and Edmonton. Along this drive you will step back in time and get to see what life was like during the construction of the railroad. Each town on the trail still has their original buildings that were designed using “boomtown” architecture. If you are up to it, stop in Settler and take a ride on a steam engine train, but watch out you may encounter bandits along the journey.
The Deh Cho Trail: This northern adventure will take you along the dipping banks of the Peace River. During the drive make sure you keep your eye out for wildlife that likes to hang out along the banks of the river. The Deh Cho Trail connects the Mackenzie, Liard and Alaska Highways in northern Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Drumheller Valley Tour: This 170 km drive will let you walk, or drive, with dinosaur. This region is known for its vast amount of dinosaur fossils and Drumheller is known as the dinosaur capital of the world. Stop along the way and explore the hoodoos, which are interesting crater like objects that are made from sandstone.
No matter where you go in Alberta, you’re sure to have a great road trip. Happy Exploring!