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What to expect

Scenic driving routes, a ton of photo-worthy views and rural, small town vibes await you on this surprise road trip.

Trip Highlights

Unbelievable views and easy hikes overlooking dramatic landscapes

Delicious local cafes & restaurants

Take a step back in time with a few hidden gems

A 'choose your own ghost town' experience

Suggested for
  • Couples
  • Photographers
  • Seniors
  • Families with children of all ages
Available to depart
This itinerary can be done Monday - Saturday from Spring to Fall.


Stop 1

Start your day at one of the most unique landscapes in Canada and head out for a brief stroll. For the history buff in the car, we also included a seasonal museum as a bonus. Drive time to your second stop is 30 minutes.

Stop 2

Be wowed with expansive lookouts, stretch your legs and get your camera ready! Drive time to your third stop is 15 minutes.

Stop 3

Surely you have worked up an appetite by now. Pop into town and enjoy local roasters, un petit bistro, a funky brewery or a happening burger joint. We’ve also recommended a couple of our favourite up-and-coming shops. Drive time to your fourth stop is 25 minutes.

Stop 4

To end this surprise road trip adventure we’re sending you to a few hidden (and maybe eerie) gems. If you want to keep going we have also included one last picturesque trail.

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Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.


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Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

Lip Balm
Road Trip Snacks
Walking shoes
Additional Details
Kid Friendly
Pet Friendly
Wheelchair Accessible

Frequently Asked Questions

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See the approximate total round-trip driving distances/times below. These are driving distances only and do not factor in time spent at stops.

• From Calgary: 4 hours and 26 minutes / 366 km

• From Okotoks: 4 hours and 50 minutes / 414 km

• From Cochrane: 4 hours and 40 minutes / 399 km

• From Red Deer: 5 hours and 5 minutes / 417 km

• From Lethbridge: 6 hours and 26 minutes / 576 km

• From Edmonton: 7 hours and 42 minutes / 664 km


This itinerary can be done any day of the week from Spring – Fall. Most food options are closed on Sunday, so if you choose to travel then, please bring lots of snacks!

Cannot be taken on statutory holidays 

We recommend departing between 8 and 9 am, and by 7 am if you’re coming from Edmonton. 

You can bring your pup on Rural Adventures! If you’re visiting in the summer and plan to bring your dog, remember it can get extremely hot so never leave your furry friend in the car.

The trip includes patio options for when it’s warm & takeaway that work well for your pet. There will also be at least one dog-friendly activity at each stop. If you bring your furry friend, you will be unable to bring them into any indoor suggestions.



We recommended bringing up to five people.

The first stop requires a $2 parking fee in July and August, and the remaining stops on this itinerary are free. We do suggest optional activities on the first and third stop which require an entrance fee. 

We have included a few accommodation recommendations in the confirmation email.