Alberta has tons of memorable road trip destinations, all within just a few hours. From historical sites like Drumheller and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to the natural beauty of Banff and Jasper, you’ll get wide variety of everything Alberta has to offer. If it’s your first time through these areas, Zender Ford hopes you’ll enjoy these provincial landmarks. If it’s not, the best part about all of these places is that there’s always something new to discover, even if you’ve been through them countless times before!
Often times, it feels like we take Banff for granted. Just a few short hours away exists one of the most beautiful places on earth, right in our own province! Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park containing everything that makes the Rockies unique. Just because it’s summer and skiing isn’t in season, that doesn’t mean you can’t find something to do. Banff offers some of the best trails and picturesque locations for a day hike. For beginners, try the Book Lake trail loop while intermediates can test their skills on Sulphur Mountain. If you consider yourself an expert hiker, challenge yourself with the Cory Pass Loop and make sure to keep your eye out for animals that might cross your path; from elk, bears and even wolves. While care must always be enacted in these situations, there’s few other places where you can come in contact with nature at such a primal level. Even if you’re just passing through, take a step back and remember how cool it is that Banff is in our own backyard!
If you find yourself sick and tired of the hot summer weather and want to harken back to those cold winter months, the Columbia Icefield is the spot for you. Let someone else take care of the driving and give yourself a break by hopping on one of the Ice Explorers. These massive all-terrain vehicles will take you across the Athabasca Glacier and give you a one-of-a-kind view of this unique environment. If you’re ready for a more summer-oriented activity, the Athabasca Falls provide a beautiful waterfall backed by a glorious ridge of mountains. If just viewing this powerful stream of water isn’t enough, you can go further downstream for white water rafting and feel the power for yourself. For some of the best views across the entire country, there’s hardly a spot to look where you won’t see a postcard-worthy image.
Take your road trip prehistoric in Drumheller. Young or old, for the first or tenth time, exploring the dinosaur capital of the world never gets tiring. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is open 7 days a week to accommodate any of your summer road trip plans. From unique exhibits and displays, you’ll get a T-Rex sized amount of information on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about dinosaurs. After you re-enact your favourite Jurassic Park scenes, head on over to the heart of the Alberta badlands to Horseshoe Canyon. These horseshoe-shaped canyons, as the name would suggest, provide terrific sightseeing and hiking opportunities. Take your Ford where the dinosaurs used to roam and soak in the history of Drumheller.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Turn your next road trip into a hands-on learning experience at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump site. This buffalo jump location is situated right in southern Alberta, where the rocky mountains transition into the prairies. Explore both indoor and outdoor exhibits from a theatre re-enactment of the buffalo jump to the culture surrounding the cliff itself. There has been human activity in this area for at least 11,000 years, with the practice of buffalo jumping having taken place for close to 6,000 years. Not only is this a wondrous natural marvel, but also an incredible historical site that has been compared to the Egyptian Pyramids and the Taj Mahal.
At Zender Ford in Spruce Grove, we want you to explore every corner of Alberta over the summer. You can always stop by our service department to make sure your vehicle is in top shape for your travels.