We may be a little biased, but southern Alberta is one of the best places for a road trip. It’s the perfect combination of mountain and prairie and roadsides stops that don’t disappoint. These are some of our favourites.
About five minutes off of highway 3, the rushing water of Lundbreck falls backdrops many picnics on a hot summer day. It’s more than worth a quick stop, but also an interesting spot to enjoy the mist of the falls while you fish for an afternoon.
While the Leitch Collieries was an arguably impressive coal mine in its time, chalked full of ambition and hard work, it still failed. The bones of the operation still sit gloriously beside Highway 3 on your way through the Crowsnest Pass. This pit stop along your way lets you stretch your legs as you explore the remnants and listen to voices of the past at different interpretive panels you pass by.
The largest deposit on the Foothills Erratic Train, “Big Rock” Okotoks Erratic made its way from Jasper to where it sits now just outside of Okotoks. The contrast as you drive along and notice the size of this rock resting in the prairies with the Rocky Mountains it came from in the far off distance is reason enough to stop. As you make your way from the parking lot to the quartzite rocks, the power of nature becomes that much more real with their larger than life size. If you’re driving south of Calgary and looking for a picturesque place to stop and stretch the legs, this one isn’t too far out of your way but very much worth the detour.
Any ol’ dirt road
There’s a lot of beauty in Alberta’s back roads and while they aren’t necessarily pit-stops, the added time to get to where you’re going is well worth the extra views. Next time you’re heading somewhere, take the road less traveled; see what you can spot along the way.