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Day Trips from Calgary

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What Can You See and Do Within A Two-Hour Drive from Calgary?

The city of Calgary is surrounded by some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes in the world. These include the fantastically shaped badlands of Drumheller, the sublime ranchlands of Millarville, the rolling hills of Rumsey, the cottonwood forests of Lethbridge, the prairies and pelicans of Brooks, and the foothills of Pincher Creek, to name a few.

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Overview

What Can You See and Do Within A Two-Hour Drive from Calgary?

The city of Calgary is surrounded by some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes in the world. These include the fantastically shaped badlands of Drumheller, the sublime ranchlands of Millarville, the rolling hills of Rumsey, the cottonwood forests of Lethbridge, the prairies and pelicans of Brooks, and the foothills of Pincher Creek, to name a few.

This revised and updated edition of Day Trips from Calgary now features several brand new trips, including a superb new $25-million Aboriginal facility (Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park) and a National Historic Site that commemorates a fascinating Mormon agricultural village. There's also much more detailed information about great places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat.

Day Trips from Calgary is the must-have resource for families, seniors, avid naturalists, and anyone interested in embarking on a little weekend or afternoon adventure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770500112
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Series: Best of Alberta
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Corbett is a Calgary writer with interests in the outdoors, history, and the environment. His articles have been published in such magazines as Canadian Geographic, Explore, Western Living, Canadian Business and Maclean's. An avid mountaineer and backcountry skier, he can often be found exploring the diverse landscapes of his native Alberta.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

How to Use This Guide xv

Useful Information xvii

South of Calgary 1

Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area 2

Leighton Centre 5

Millarville Loop 7

Okotoks-Turner Valley Loop 11

Sheep River Valley 16

Highwood Pass Loop 19

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site 23

High River and Frank Lake 26

Nanton and Chain Lakes Provincial Park 30

Aerospace Tour 33

Willow Creek Municipal Park 36

Claresholm and Porcupine Hills 38

Foothills Tour 42

Whaleback 45

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump 48

Fort Macleod 52

Pincher Creek 56

Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony

Crowsnest Pass 62

Sundial Hill Medicine Wheel 67

Lethbridge 69

En Route to Lethbridge

Henderson Lake Park and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

Indian Battle Park

Cottonwood Park and Alexander Wilderness Park

Alberta Birds of Prey Centre 81

Village of Stirling National Historic Site 84

Cardston and Remington Carriage Museum 87

North of Calgary 93

Balzac-Airdrie Loop 94

Carstairs-Didsbury Loop 97

Water Valley Loop 100

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site 103

Wool Tour 107

Torrington Gopher Hole Museum and Olds 110

RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre and Innisfail 114

Red Deer 116

En Route to Red Deer

Fort Normandeau

Waskasoo Park

Markerville-Dickson 125

Sylvan Lake 128

Lacombe and Gull Lake 131

Ponoka 135

Reynolds-Alberta Museum 139

Dry Island Buffalo lump Provincial Park 142

Rumsey Ecological Reserve 146

Stettler Steam Train 150

East of Calgary 155

Irrigation Canal Cycle 156

Birdwatching Tour 159

Market Garden Tour 162

Rosebud 164

Drumheller 167

Royal Tyrrell Museum

Dinosaur Trail

Hoodoo Trail

Hand Hills

Dorothy-Hanna Loop 185

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 189

Brooks 192

En Route to Brooks

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Brooks Aqueduct

Kinbrook Island Provincial Park

West of Calgary 209

Cochrane 210

Big Hill Springs Provincial Park 214

Ghost River Valley 217

Black Rock Hiking Option

1A Highway Tour 221

Elbow River Tour 226

Jumpingpound Mountain Hike 230

Sibbald Creek Loop 233

Kananaskis Valley 236

Golden Eagle Migration 241

Stoney Trail Mountain Bike 245

Fall Larch Hike 247

Kananaskis Country Loop 249

Bow Valley Provincial Park 255

Many Springs Trail

Montane Trail

Flowing Water Trail

Yamnuska 258

Heart Creek 262

Heart Mountain Option

Canmore 265

Canmore Historical Tour

Bow River Pathway

Grassi Lakes

Banff 275

En Route to Banff

Banff Historical Tour

Tunnel Mountain Drive

Lake Minnewanka Loop

Lake Louise 290

Burgess Shale Hike 294

Hot Picks 301

Index 307

Acknowledgements 315

About the Author 316

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