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There’s no doubt about it that Canada has some truly incredible roads to drive, and finding a perfect road trip route is possible for everyone! In this blog post, we’re going to focus on our favourite road trips in the beautiful province of Alberta.

With an abundance of stunning scenery to drive through, there is so much to see in Alberta by car, from towering mountains to interesting badlands. Here are just a few of our favourite road trip routes in Alberta, in no particular order – so get those snacks and tunes ready for your best road trip yet!

As you plan your next road trip, be sure to check out our blog post on our Road Trip Tips & Tricks. And remember, you can always contact your TierOne Travel Consultant for professional help with planning and booking your travel – including that perfect road trip!


Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Dinosaur Trail and HooDoo Trail Drumheller

Dinosaur Trail and Hoodoo Trail

Drumheller is a great home base for this short and sweet road trip, favourite of many Albertans, and perfect for the whole family.
Both the Dinosaur Trail and the Hoodoo Trail offer amazing things to do and see such as hiking, visiting a dinosaur museum, go on an official tour of the area, take in beautiful panoramic views and much more! 
Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Dinosaur Trail and HooDoo Trail Drumheller

The Route 

Drumheller is the start and end point for the Dinosaur Trail, which begins at the intersection of 2nd St. NW and South Railway, heading west. The loop ends/begins at the intersection of Hwy 9 and 56 in Drumheller. 
The Hoodoo Trail also starts in Drumheller –take Highway 56 to the Hoodoo Trail, which is along Highway 10. 

Road Trip Length  

The Dinosaur Trail is roughly a 56 km route that takes about an hour to drive.

The Hoodoo Trail is around 22 kms and takes roughly a quarter of an hour for a one-way trip. 

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Things to Note 

The Bleriot Ferry only operates from late April to November.  



Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway 

Icefields Parkway is one of the greatest Rocky Mountain road trips, featuring truly incredible views of some of the tallest mountains in the Canadian Rockies! You can also see over a hundred glaciers on this route! There’s also various hiking trails to explore along the way, unbelievably blue lakes, wildlife, valleys, waterfalls and so much more. 
Depending on where you want to start, either Banff or Jasper are great places to explore as you begin this unforgettable journey!  

Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Icefields Parkway

The Route

The 230 km long Icefields Parkway runs along Highway 93 and connects Banff and Lake Louise to Jasper. 

Road Trip Length  

Without stopping (which you will do a lot of!), the Icefields Parkway takes around 3.5 hours to drive, in nice weather conditions. 
However, there is so much to see and do that you could easily spend 5-8 hours along the parkway one way! 

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Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Smith Dorrein Trail

Smith Dorrien Spray Trail 

One of the more adventurous road trips in Alberta, the Smith Dorrien Trail is a drive along a gravel road near Canmore with jaw-dropping scenery. The route passes the famous Three Sisters mountains along with the gorgeous Spray Lake Reservoir. 
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The Route 

The Smith Dorrien Spray Trail starts south of Canmore and ends on the Kananaskis Trail. You can then head north, onto the Trans-Canada, which will take you back to Canmore and further on to Calgary. Or, head south over the Highwood Pass, which finishes at Longview, one hour south of Calgary. 

Road Trip Length  

The almost-70 km Smith Dorrien Trail takes less than 2 hours to drive, without stopping. However, you will want to take your time to see the sites or do some activities that will probably add at least a few more hours. 

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Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Red Deer River

The Road to Ya Ha Tinda 

Ya Ha Tinda is a lovely and quiet area that is far from the crowdsand totally worth the detour!
Follow the Red Deer River west on Coal Camp Rd. and you’ll eventually reach Ya Ha Tinda Ranch, a federally operated horse ranchThere are so many things to do in this area, from horseback riding to hiking, waterfall viewing and more! 

Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Red Deer River

The Route 

Follow the Red Deer River west on Coal Camp Rd. and you’ll eventually reach Ya Ha Tinda Ranch, access to the ranch is via a small gravel road. 

Road Trip Length  

The road from Sundre to Ya Ha Tinda is about 85 km, which takes around 1.25 hours to drive.
From NW Calgary, it is about a 2.5-hour driveFor this road trip, it is best to plan for a full day, because you’ll want to stretch your legs and see all the sights along the way. 

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Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Barrier Lake, Kananaskis

Kananaskis Trail 

This is one of the best Alberta road trips from Calgary! It travels through a handful of provincial parks, so there are endless things to do and see!
Kananaskis Country is known as one of the prettiest places in the Canadian Rockies, and for good reason. The scenery here is amazing throughout the entire road trip, and you’ll want to stop a lot to take it all in! 

Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Kananaskis

The Route 

Take the TransCanada Highway and about 76 kilometers west of Calgary, turn onto Highway 40. Here is where you will enter stunning Kananaskis Country! 

Road Trip Length  

Depending what you decide to do on this adventure, you’ll travel about 300km. It is best to plan a full day, so you have time to do everything you want to do while not feeling too rushed. 

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Things to Note 

Alberta's Best Road Trip Routes - Wolfdog Sanctuary


START PLANNING YOUR ROAD TRIP GETAWAY TODAY

There is no shortage of gorgeous roads to travel in Alberta! When you’re ready to explore a new or favourite destination and make your travel dreams come true, contact one of our TierOne Travel agents. They have extensive experience in life-changing travel and will be able to craft something incredible that is suited to your unique needs. One call; endless experiences!

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