The province’s largest community cycling event, the Tour de L’Alberta, takes place annually in Beaumont, while, further north, the Fort McMurray Gran Fondo highlights a growing cycling community in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. When we drive the wonderful "Highway 40 Loop," we always look forward to stopping here. Great read! Rental vehicles are abundant; however, transporting a bicycle can be difficult. The summit is notoriously windy though it wasn’t bad on the day we were there. How to Get There: This loop begins and ends right in downtown Drumheller, 135 km (84 mi) northwest of Calgary Alberta along Highway 9. Cycling the Highwood Pass as a novice rider. Most people seem to ride to the summit from one of the starting points and return the same way. On the return it took us about 2 hours. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). I’d like to do some hiking in the area now. Thank you for your support. These five routes aren’t just amazing rides, but they’re popular with local cyclists, offer outstanding scenery and are easily accessible. There aren’t many options. With all that beauty I’d be falling off the bike at regular intervals The sheep are too cute, but a grizzly…yikes! Early season road riding: Taking on Highwood Pass, assisted A spring ritual in southern Alberta with a new, electric, twist Canadian Cycling Magazine May 4, 2020 @Lauren What a joy it is to be on a road without any worries about cars. @Nancie I was very happy that it was sheep and not grizzly bears that we saw. It was a great ride. Can you give many any information about the road overall or guide me to some place that I can get additional information about the area round Longview and south as far as bicycling goes. While the paved road stretches 147 km (91 mi) between the TransCanada Highway to Longview, most cyclists opt for the 35 km (22 km) out-and-back ride from the Kings Creek Trailhead. What incredible scenery for a bike ride! I’d also checked out some of the other bloggers who were working with them and was impressed with the caliber. LOVED the picture of whomever that was sprawled out on the highway…that rocks! The steepest grade on Tour de France is HC (not categ.1) and there is no segment with category 1 on this road, only a short segment with category 2. That is so cool that you did that even more awesome having the highway all to yourselves. In the event of a discrepancy between rates displayed on TravelAlberta.com and our partner’s website, rates displayed on the partner’s website shall prevail. My store contains affiliate links. Calgary might be the biggest city in the province, but road cyclists don’t have to venture far from the city centre. There are plenty of occasions where you get a good ride down and it’s really not until you reach Peter Lougheed Park and the last four kilometres that the road steepens. Travel Alberta / Jeff Bartlett @photojbartlett. parking area at the trailhead. Perhaps later this summer. And just how cute are those sheep?? On our recent drive through, we stopped at one of the shorter trails, just to see what kind of wildflowers were about. Just be sure to keep a safe distance from wildlife. @Noel Great part of the Rockies to visit Noel. I would like to do this next year.Where do I go for “riding before the cars” opening times ? I also love those sheep, they’re quite cute! Belated Happy Birthday. There's loads to…. Happy birthday! You can see the devastation in many places – but especially at this bridge which washed away. In Kananaskis Village there is a Wilderness Hostel. Some years, even in June, you will be turned back by snow pack. Myself and three other riders have made the commitment to ride from Fairbanks AK back to Ohio this summer. But during a warm spring, the road clears more quickly. @Brittany There is one other place near Calgary too – along the Elbow River in Kananaskis Country but cars are allowed starting May 15th so there isn’t much of a window. All told it took me 2¾ hours to cycle to the pass, with plenty of stops for photos and a few refueling stops. Fun Genesis WordPress Theme by, Pretty Darn Cute Design. Thanks for reading! The roads get swept just before they open to cars and are in better shape than the ones I see in Calgary. The cattle beside and on the road were interesting to see, although encouraged us to drive quite carefully. Instinctively I start riding on the far right side of the road. We saw plenty of scat – and moose poop too, but the only animals we saw were the Rocky Mountain sheep. Spent some time Black Diamond. Use your judgement and be prepared to turn around. Seems a visit in Western Canada should be at least one month, with all the fab hikes and everything else. I am writing from Ohio in the good old US of A.. It passes through the entire stretch of Kananaskis Country, crosses Highwood Pass, and heads to Highwood Junction, where the road turns into Highway 541. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Traveled through the Highwood Pass with guests (family) from Regina, SK. Thanks for getting back so swiftly! Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Is there a window when there is no cars and no grizzlies? How to Get There: The Elk Island National Park Visitor Centre is located 49 km (30 mi) east of downtown Edmonton, along Highway 16. How long does it take to cycle to Highwood Pass? Click on the photo to bookmark to your Pinterest board. @Lester You can drive quite a bit closer to gates that will be closed and start right there. The road to Highwood Pass was closed in 2013 though fortunately the road was fixed by 2014. As I ride my trainer in front of the t.v. It continues on to Longview and Highway 20, the "Cowboy Trail," where you can get back to Calgary via a variety of routes. Thank goodness I found this site. That is so cool that there is a window where you can bike with no cars. It looks beautiful, although I’d probably drive rather than cycle. If there was steaming scat – that’s another thing altogether. I want to give the cars and trucks space. I’ve always heard that going down a mountain is the most dangerous part of a bike ride, so I can understand why you did not go far down the other side. @Lester June 15th is always the last day but you can check with the people at the Barrier Lake Information Centre by phoning 403-678-0760. Happy belated birthday. Jul 08, 2020 Go prepared. Definitely heed the speed limit, or drive slower and stay aware. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada. It’s a rare treat to get a highway all to yourself and the window is pretty darned small. @Michal I cam’t remember where I got that info but I try and do my best with regards to facts. While the paved road stretches 147 km (91 mi) between the TransCanada Highway to Longview, most cyclists opt for the 35 km (22 … @Ted I do not believe such a window exists but there not really that big a deal. We did cycle down the other side of the pass but didn’t go far as the grade is extreme for the first five kilometres and we had to be home by a certain time. Does anyone know if the Highwood House General store is open on the Longview side? The start of the road up to Highwood Pass The best way to do the bike ride up Highwood Pass. For a higher end experience, choose the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. There may be a B&b along the road if I remember correctly.The road over Highwood Pass is spectacular. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Bridge washed out from 2013 floods along Highway 40 My favourite section of the Highwood Pass Loop. You just want a break, a seat, food and a drink. Wow! They make good rest stops. Epochtimes recently contacted me offering to republish some of my articles, how has your experience been with them? NOTE: The highway does not open until June 15, but in the weeks prior, the roads are generally clear of snow, and the highway and pass then become one of the regions premier cycling routes. The ideal scenario for this bike ride would be a one way trip where you start at the gate nearest Longview, cycle 37 kilometres to Highwood Pass and then descend 17 kilometres on a road with a much steeper grade to the gate by King Creek. Also take extra layers of warm clothes as the descent can be frosty some days. - How to Get There: The Edith Cavell Road is located 13.6 km (8.5 mi) from Jasper, which makes it either an ideal cycling warmup for the upcoming climb or a short 15-minute drive. Cycling the Highwood Pass as a novice rider. I celebrated my birthday one year by taking the day off and heading with John to Kananaskis Country, Alberta. @Charu That’s actually my husband posing for me. The ideal scenario for this bike ride would be a one way trip where you start at the gate nearest Longview, cycle 37 kilometres to Highwood Pass and then descend 17 kilometres on a road with a much steeper grade to the gate by King Creek. Addendum: did the ride this weekend. Happy Birthday! Then I remember I won’t have to jostle for space on the road today. What a lovely place to celebrate the day. Some local bike shops and bike rental locations rent bike racks. Glad you got your wish of taking this awesome ride. world. This section includes 625 m (2,050 ft) climbing, including several sections that would be considered Category 1 in a UCI road-cycling race like the Tour de France. The badlands, located east of Calgary, continue to grow both as a tourist destination and a cycling hotspot. It passes through the entire stretch of Kananaskis Country, crosses Highwood Pass, and heads to Highwood Junction, where the road turns into Highway 541. The three off-the-beaten-track routes are incredible, too, but they’re slightly further afield. While the roads can be busy throughout the summer, road cyclists can skip the traffic on many of the most scenic rides. The scenery is amazing on this route — would love to see it by bike or by car. What a wonderful way to celebrate, Leigh! @Greg It will be interesting to see if I get much in the way of traffic from them but quality back links always help. If you google the area you will see the secondary roads. @Jackie Not too many people would want to do this ride but for me it was a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday. Shoot me any more q’s should you have them. Awesome scenery, as usual. Over 50 km (31 mi), there is barely a flat section of road and the total elevation gain climbs above 600 m (1,968 ft). @Lucia It’s a wonderful day ride though you could tie it into a longer ride into the Rockies. @Jody Needless to say the descent was great fun. Thanks for taking us on this tour. We were awed by the spectacular mountain scenery. What an exhilarating ride! Although I need to point out there are some mistakes in your article. It passes through the entire stretch of Kananaskis Country, crosses Highwood Pass, and heads to Highwood Junction, where the road turns into Highway 541. You could also check out a few tour companies who run routes through the area just to see what they say – Freewheeling Adventures and Bicycle Adventures. […] chance to bike the Highwood Pass while it’s closed to […], Your email address will not be published. This looks amazing! Such beautiful country, I would love to visit and see some amazing wildlife from the area, thanks for the tour.
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