Road less travelled in Canada’s Alberta

It’s world-famous for the Canadian Rockies – particularly Banff and Jasper National Parks – but Alberta has plenty of hidden gems off the beaten track

Waterton Lakes National Park
This mountain park in the southwest is the smaller, less-crowded counterpart to its better known neighbours. Clients can sail into Montana on the Waterton Lakes Cruise, paddleboard on the lake, hike the Bear’s Hump and Bertha Falls, take in the sights at Red Rock Canyon and nearby Blakiston Falls, take part in a stargazing tour (Waterton is a dark sky preserve) and enjoying a cocktail at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel.

The Cowboy Trail
The Cowboy Trail is one of Alberta’s most scenic road trips. Along the way stop at Longview, known for its beef jerky and the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Continue to Black Diamond and Turner Valley and sip a G&T at Eau Claire Distillery. Then make your way to Bragg Creek for quaint antique shops and restaurants. Bragg Creek also has seemingly endless trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Nordegg
Don’t miss the chance to drive the Icefields Parkway from Banff, named one of the most spectacular road trips in the world. Enjoy the epic views until you reach the Saskatchewan River Crossing and turn off to Nordegg in David Thompson Country. Most take the parkway all the way to Jasper, but this less-travelled route won’t disappoint. Once here take a guided hike with Nordegg Adventures to Siffleur Falls, Coliseum Mountain or Coral Creek Canyon.

Crowsnest Pass
The Crowsnest Pass is steeped in history and mountainous scenery. Stop at Lundbreck Falls before continuing west along the highway to the Burmis Tree and Frank Slide. The Burmis Tree is more than 700 years old, and the Frank Slide is one of Canada’s most infamous natural disasters. Visit the Interpretive Centre and walk the trail through the
rubble.

Canmore and Kananaskis Country
K-Country and Canmore are a dynamic duo that boast some of the best hiking and outdoor activities around. In Kananaskis, visit the Nordic Spa for ultimate relaxation or get active on the trails like Rawson Lake, Ptarmigan Cirque and Chester Lake, to name a few. In Canmore, explore the quaint shops and delicious restaurants downtown or hike to Grassi Lakes, walk the Policeman Creek Trail or try stand-up paddleboarding.

Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai´pi
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the largest collection of First Nations petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) in North America and has held important significance to Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Visit the interpretive centre and book a guided tour through the hoodoos to learn the history of the area.