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 – at any time of the year.
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.