Scenic touring along the Cowboy Trail

This trip should satisfy those with the wanderlust of scenic drives, stunning vistas, and mountain views around every corner. Bring your camera; Go-Pro, SLR, or Ipad- you'll want something along to capture the many photo opportunities. The trip could easily be extended to 5 to 7 days as there is much to explore. Great for motorcycle touring too. Remember to breathe...

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Day 1

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada
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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada
Historic or Prehistoric Place | Historic Site

Where Ranching History Comes Alive...

Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only National Historic Site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada. 

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Chain Lakes Provincial Park and Campground
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Chain Lakes Provincial Park and Campground
Natural Area | State or Provincial Park
Great picnic lunch place. Lunch is available at the Bar-U- Ranch if you don't have your own.

Chain Lakes Provincial Park is set within Canada's last large expanse of mostly undisturbed montane landscape. A slightly fractured band of montane habitat extends from Chain Lakes south to Beauvais Lake Provincial Park.

The park's lakes…

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Lundbreck Falls Byway in Alberta SouthWest
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Lundbreck Falls Byway in Alberta SouthWest
Outdoor Adventure | Scenic Drives

A short and pleasant detour at the transition from flatlands to front ranges.

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Cowley Ridge Wind Farm
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Cowley Ridge Wind Farm
Action Opportunity | Educational Opportunity
Admire as you drive east on Highway 3 towards Pincher Creek. The original turbines have been upgraded in 2016 but the ridge still holds the distinction of Canada's first wind farm 25 years ago.

Cowley Ridge is a great place to witness the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. A line of tall windmills harvest the westerly winds emanating from the Rocky Mountains. At the same time, drilling rigs penetrate the same landscape in…

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Corner Mountain Inn Wellness Centre B&B
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Corner Mountain Inn Wellness Centre B&B
Accommodation | Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to Corner Mountain Inn & Wellness Centre B&B.  We offer you backcountry wilderness with the comfort and convenience of our modern day.  

Located on the north side of Waterton Park, (about 15 minutes drive) on the WEST side of…

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Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store
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Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store
Food or Drink | Restaurant

Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store is a rustic themed restaurant serving delicious Mexican fare in the southern foothills of Alberta. Frequented by locals and a gem discovered by many tourists during their summer visits to nearby Waterton…

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Day 2

Bison Paddock Loop Road
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Bison Paddock Loop Road
Outdoor Adventure | Wildlife Viewing Area

Bison Paddock Loop Road is inside Waterton Lakes National Park and provides opportunities to see bison grazing in their natural grassland habitat. View the small herd of bison from the overlook or drive the loop within the Bison Paddock. The…

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Waterton Lakes National Park
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Waterton Lakes National Park
Natural Area | National Park or Protected Area
There is much to see or do. Stroll around the village. Take a short but rewarding hike up the Bears Hump. Or book one the more iconic day long hikes in Waterton- and stay longer. Great photo opportunities and wildlife viewing.

The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. This beautiful landscape was impacted by a wildfire in September 2017, resulting in areas of the park being closed to the public. We appreciate the public’…

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Mountain View Inn near Waterton Park
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Enjoy a private getaway or a group retreat at the Mountain View Inn near Waterton Lakes National Parks. The Inn includes two large buildings with gorgeous grounds and views of the mountains, just off the highway between Waterton National Park and…

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Day 3

Remington Carriage Museum
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Remington Carriage Museum
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum

More than 200 carriages and wagons from across North America show how people, goods, and services were delivered when pollution from vehicle traffic could be managed with a shovel. Rides behind horse-drawn wagons and close-up views of…

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1 Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada
2 Chain Lakes Provincial Park and Campground
3 Lundbreck Falls Byway in Alberta SouthWest
4 Cowley Ridge Wind Farm
5 Corner Mountain Inn Wellness Centre B&B
6 Twin Butte Restaurant and General Store
7 Bison Paddock Loop Road
8 Waterton Lakes National Park
9 Mountain View Inn near Waterton Park
10 Remington Carriage Museum