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Alberta, Canada: Top Routes for Visiting the Versatile Province
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Alberta, Canada: Top Routes for Visiting the Versatile Province

There are so many wonderful destinations and roads to enjoy your bike on in North America. Living in western Canada, my dream is to someday get on the bike with my husband and ride to eastern Canada and New England. I would love to take in some historical sites, see the eastern eeaboard and experience the smells of maple country in the Autumn.

But living in Alberta, Canada, surrounded by varying scenery including the Rocky Mountains, prairies and the “badlands,” I do know that I am very lucky to be in a province that has so many worthwhile routes and destinations to offer visiting bikers.

Here are my handpicked destinations for visitors to Alberta, Canada:

1.      Icefields Parkway

Spanning 144 miles, I have been on this route a couple of times and it is breathtaking. Surrounded by mountains, glaciers and wild life, there are many photo opportunities. The biggest attraction is the Columbia Icefield. However, the weather on the parkway is very capricious year-round and being prepared for any condition is necessary.

2.      The Brook-Drumheller Loop

This makes a great short day ride going through the Alberta Badlands - a desert-like area where many pre-historic bonebeds have been found - with a chance to stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Another great part of this ride? Taking in the hoodoos.

3.      Kootenay Highway: Lake Louise to Radium Hot Springs

The best thing about this 64 mile route is that there are amazing things at both ends. At one end, you have Radium Hot Springs, a quaint and very biker friendly town with hot springs which is actually in British Columbia, and on the other end Lake Louise, a mountain town with scenery to go mad for.

4.      Pigeon Lake Loop

A nice little day ride that lets you experience the beauty of the prairies with a water-side road near Edmonton.


Photosource: Tumblr via Jeff Clow

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  1. LoreleiAnn
    I would like to see these places too. But I'll follow along in the car.
  2. Redginger
    I want to go. Have to ride my bike to you and go with ya'll. Cross country.


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