Has staying home this winter has got you craving Alberta road trips?
It’s been a hard year with travel restrictions on top of short days and winter driving conditions. As spring inches closer there are some Alberta destinations that make a good day trip that you might have overlooked in previous years when you headed to tropical climes.
Some of these trips you can do now, others you might undertake when the weather warms up.
Methane Bubbles at Abraham Lake
Many northern lakes have methane bubbles but few are as easy to find or as pretty to photograph as those at Abraham Lake along the David Thompson Highway.
This is a trip that has some risks (falling on ice, falling through ice, getting stuck in snow) so do your homework before you head out. You can read my suggestions here.
Wild Horses and Alberta’s Eastern Slopes
Yes, there’s still wild horses in Alberta and with a little patience you might see one. A good place to look is on the forestry roads west of Sundre. I went in fall and found several herds but you can find horses year-round. These roads are not maintained to the same standard as city streets or major highways so check weather conditions, bring extra clothing, food, and shovel. Make sure your phone is fully charged and consider bringing a map as you won’t have cell phone coverage in all places.
For reasons to look for these beautiful creatures read my Roadstories article here.
Extreme Cowboy Racing At Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
The only Parks Canada site celebrating ranching is Alberta’s Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. It’s an interesting place to visit on a normal day but park staff are adding more special events to add even more learning. Last year cowboys and cowgirls who excel at Extreme Cowboy Racing undertook obstacle courses that showcased the bond between horse and rider. Historically these races mimicked the challenges cowboys face when herding cattle but some of the obstacles have a more modern feel. It definitely made for a great visit that you can read about here.
Check out the Ranch website for more information on 2021 events.
Hopefully this post has given you reasons for some Alberta road trips. For more ideas check out this book on 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta by Leigh McAdam and Debbie Olsen.
Let me know your suggestions for a day trip or weekend getaway.