Women in the Wind International
BONUS! Free paper maps of both Calgary and Alberta will be provided when you arrive in Calgary.
There are great day rides heading out in every direction from Calgary. On the self-directed rides, click on the maps for a link to Google Maps that you can follow using your cell phone.
Highwood Pass Loop (Friday ride option)
344 km (214 mi), 5 hours' riding time
Enjoy spectacular Rocky Mountain views on one of Canada's best motorcycle rides through Kananaskis Country. You'll be riding the highest paved mountain pass in Canada as you ascend to 2,206 m (7237 ft)! This is prime grizzly bear country with lots of photo ops for bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
Important: On some mobile phones, Google Maps shows the route as going through Okotoks rather than Aldersyde (intersection of Hwy #2 South and Hwy #7). Please follow the PDF for this portion of the route.
approx 76 km (46 mi) one-way
- popular for shopping, with quaint shops and restaurants
- grab a beer at the Powderhorn Saloon
- stop for coffee and motorcycle shop talk at Lucid Moto Co.
- grab an ice cream at Scoops & Snacks
- beautiful, accessible falls a short ride past Bragg Creek in a provincial recreation area
- great photo ops!
229 km (142 mi), 2.5 hours' riding time
This is a must for Star Trek fans! Your flight will take you on a prairie voyage through the Alberta countryside near Carseland and Mossleigh. In Vulcan, walk through the Star Trek themed tourist information centre and take a picture in Captain Kirk's chair. Stretch your legs on a Star Trek walking tour of the town's space-themed murals. On the way home through Nanton, stop at the candy store or visit the planes at the Bomber Command Museum.
333 km (207 mi), 4.5 hours' riding time
So much to see in this area! Ride through the beautiful farmland of rural Alberta and over 11 one-lane wooden planked bridges on the way to the Last Chance Saloon in the old coal mining town of Wayne. Take an optional detour east on Highway 10 to visit the Atlas Coal Mine. Continue to Drumheller and climb the steps up the "World's Largest Dinosaur" and take pictures of the unique hoodoos in the area from its mouth! If you have time, don't miss the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum: Alberta holds some of the richest dinosaur fossil beds in the world. Make a loop up Dinosaur Trail and cross the Red Deer River on the free cable ferry before heading for home. Download the PDF for offline viewing
For Women in the Wind planning to attend the Canadian National Rally on August 16-19, here's the Ride of a Lifetime. Need your soul replenished? The whole route still amazes me with its beauty, over-powering majesty, and take-my-breath-away scenery. Born and bred in Alberta, I still get chills. We are honored to share with you our beautiful province and country.
Follow the TransCanada Highway #1 west from Calgary to beautiful Banff, Alberta, located in Banff National Park. Stop in Banff, walk around downtown, ( www.banfflakelouise.com/banff-national-park ), have lunch, reach out and touch the mountain tops. Watch for the four-legged wildlife!
From Banff, you travel to Lake Louise, where I would suggest fueling up as the next fuel stop is very pricey. Stop at the Chateau Lake Louise for breathtaking views of the mountains and the water below.
Next stop is Saskatchewan River Crossing ( https://thecrossingresort.com/ ). The views are amazing; they have a cafeteria and restaurant, a great gift shop, and very expensive fuel! They also have cabins if you wish to spend the night before travelling on to Jasper. You have only travelled 176 miles (284 km) from Calgary so depending on the time day, I’d keep going through the Columbia Icefields Parkway. Jasper is 153 km (91 miles) away.
The stretch of road from Lake Louise to Jasper, known as the Icefields Parkway ( https://icefieldsparkway.com/highlights/points-of-interest ), has more than 100 ancient glaciers, many waterfalls, dramatic rock formations, and numerous lakes set in the forest. The abundance of wildlife between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park will have you slowing down around every turn. Take your time, stop safely for a hike, take many pictures, and have a picnic. Fill your soul!
You may want to stop for the night at your next stop which is Jasper, within Jasper National Park. ( www.jaspernationalpark.com ). There are many hotels/motels and campsites. Book ahead if you can. This is a beautiful little town, not as commercialized as Banff but with all the beauty right in the Rockies. You must go to Jasper Park Lodge, just to walk around this world-renown hotel/resort, sitting on the water’s edge.
If you want a nice relaxing time, stop at Miette Hot Springs on your way to Edmonton. Miette Hot Springs are 60 km (38 miles) east of Jasper, right on your way to Edmonton ( www.mhresort.com ). They also have accommodations, plus a restaurant, so you may want to ride here for breakfast and then stop for a wonderful muscle-relaxing time in their hot pools, surrounded by the mountains. Pure heaven!
Leaving Miette (or Jasper) you are now on your homeward trip to your next stop… the WITW Canadian Rally hosted by our Edmonton Chapter. Your last stop is at the host hotel: Radisson Hotel & Convention Center 4520-76 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 0A5.
Help Edmonton celebrate their 30 years as a WITW Chapter. See you there!