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Tour Routes - Waterton and Alberta's Southwest

Waterton Cowboy Trail

Waterton National Park – 75 commentary points

GyPSy Guide will provide commentary as you tour throughout Waterton National Park. The lake side vista with tall mountains everywhere you turn, Waterton will impress you at every corner. There is also an Abundance of wildlife around the park, especially bears. Sheep and deer are often found right in the town.

Waterton offers 2 scenic Parkways to explore with your vehicle, plus superb lake views and and Cameron Falls right in the town. The Akamina Parkway visits Cameron Lake right in the very picturesque corner of Alberta while Red Rock Canyon Parkway follow to a stream carved through rocks so red they might be painted.

If crossing the USA/Canada border in Montana, Waterton is a beautiful and convenient first or last place on your driving tour of Western Canada with GyPSy Guide.

Alberta South West - 250+ commentary points.

Continue touring from Waterton into Alberta’s most diverse region. Towering mountains mix with flat prairie lands. Fascinating First Nations cultures mix with Mormon settlements and natural disasters make this part of Alberta a delight to explore, and the towns and characters that built the west all participate in the story.

Crowsnest Pass to the west is a fusion of 5 small communities with a history bound to 20th century coal mining and unfortunately some terrible disasters. The Frank Slide interpretive Centre explains and immortalizes the tragedy of a mountain collapse that wiped out a town, while the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump celebrates ingenious hunting methods and culture connected to the wild buffalo. These to attraction are not to be missed.

But its not all history, the future is alive right now in around Pincher Creek with state of the technology wind farms showing the way to sustainable energy.

Cowboy Trail or Highway 2 – connecting Alberta SW to the Rockies and Calgary.

There are 2 choice of route between Calgary, Banff and Water and Alberta’s Southwest.

If travelling between Banff National Park and Waterton, use Highway 22 which is The Cowboy Trail. Pass through Cowboy towns, Towns that began the oil and gas boom in Alberta and even visit a national historic site ranch along the way for some hands-on cowboying time. The Cowboy Trail connects to the TransCanada Highway, 1 hour east of Banff.

To travel Calgary to/from Waterton, use Highway 2 as the most direct route, but stop and explore as you go. Towns like Claresholm, Nanton and Fort MacLeod provide insights into the history of the province and a window into rural life in Alberta.

The Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump is on this highway and should not be missed. GyPSy guide will also suggest some other interesting short side trip along the way.


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