Wild Rose Country is a beaut and while there’s no ‘right way’ to explore it, some routes are better than others. If you’re looking to take a journey through the best in the west, then start your engines and grab some road snacks, Alberta – we’re hitting the Cowboy Trail!

A 700 km stretch nestled between the Canadian prairie and the Rocky Mountains, this scenic passage will take you past farms and ranchland, western-themed attractions, stores and even a few historic sites.

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The best part? You can choose your very own adventure!

Those who just want to go for a drive can do so through a series of forests and grasslands (which are occupied by a wide variety of wildlife), or they can make a weekend out of it and make a few stops along the gorgeous Highway 22.

Restaurants

 

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Thirsty? If you’re feeling parched stop into the Oldman River Brewing Company, a taproom with its own unique brand of rotating flavours. If however, you need a bite to eat stop into the town of Cremona or Bragg Creek, where there are plenty of family-run eateries, bars and cafes.

Tours and Trail Rides

 

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Whether you’re into fly fishing or sightseeing, The Cowboy Trail has got a ton of super cool excursions you can take along the way. Two fan favourites? The Rocky Mountian House National Historic Site, and The Sundre and District Museum Featuring the Pioneer Village and World of Wildlife. Their name might be wordy, but here, you can travel back in time thanks to their pioneer village of sprawling land, houses and 8 heritage buildings.

In addition, those who take their time can see and do some incredible things at the Saddle Peak Trail Rides or Moose Mountian – both of which offer horseback tours.

Hotels

Staying the night? Pull into Cochrane or the Town of Pincher Creek, though if you’re looking for something within the theme – you could also stop by Anchor D or the Historic Reesor Ranch.

So there you have it, Alberta, your journey along the Cowboy Trail awaits. For all of the incredible businesses featured along this stretch of road, check out the map above and start planning!

You’re in for the drive of your life – especially if you’ve ever really explored the province before.

It’s going to be a blast.