Driving Alberta’s Cowboy Highway
A few weeks ago we had a choice. We could drive a section of Alberta’s Cowboy Highway (Highway 22) from the Calgary area to Pincher Creek en route to Waterton Lakes National Park or drive the main north-south Highway 2.
Hands down the Cowboy Highway is a more interesting drive.
Early morning light over the fields
The folks at Travel Alberta seem to be the ones that came up with the name – very apropos considering the highway follows the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and passes through a whole lot of ranch and cowboy country.
The section I’ve driven so far is the one between Millarville and the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3). Because of its proximity to the mountains you get wonderful cloud formations. The topography is more interesting too. Rolling hills with a Rocky Mountain backdrop are hard to beat. Throw in loads of raptors – we saw at least fifty hawks on our drive -plus cows, horses, deer and fox and I think you’ll find the drive to be both stimulating and beautiful. The miles pass very quickly.
Early morning fog along the highway
Gorgeous morning light on the fields
Big skies with wild cloud formations
More wild clouds and big winds
Its haying season
Heading south on the Cowboy Highway
Windmills on the horizon as you approach Pincher Creek
Do you have a favourite quiet highway you like to drive?
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