When it’s too hot to walk, run, or bike through the Rocky Mountains, start your engines and crank the air conditioning!

With so much to see and so little time to explore while everything is green, Albertans are lucky to have some of the most scenic roads in the country.

One of the very best? Highwood Pass – a 54-kilometre route that offers an incredible view of the mountains, trees, and surrounding lakes.

At an impressive elevation of 2,206 metres or 7,273 ft above sea level, this enchanting drive is not only one of the most beautiful you can take in the Great North but the highest as well!

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According to Explore Canmore, Highwood is one of the highest paved roads in Canada, making it a hit-list item… as long as you’ve got snacks and a good playlist.

Want to check it out? You can take Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40) all the way to the summit of Highwood Pass and don’t forget your camera!

“Cradled within Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, just south of Lower Kananaskis Lake, the pass provides an extraordinary example of thrust faults,” Explore Canmore added.

“This geological feature occurs when a section of land slips over another at a low angle, demonstrating the forces that created the Rocky Mountains.”

Sound beautiful? Plan ahead and step on the gas.

It really is something else, especially in the warmer months.

Highwood Pass – Alberta

Where: See directions here