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1A West to Banff Rocky Mountains

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 116.97 miles / 188.2 km
  • Ride Time: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $8.89
  • Country: Canada
Submitted by:
Mel

This route is a must! Through the praries and into the Rocky Mountains all within about an hour. Taking the back road out of Airdrie you take in the sights and smells of the crops and farmyard lilac hedges. Heading west you get to see the mountains you're heading for right from the start! Early in the year they're still snow peaked as you ride in warm summer breeze. The 7 kms on hwy 22 is really gusty and can suck, so you can actually cut over the 22 and go through that back route too. Once on the 1A there's nothing but beauty to behold. It's a pretty well used road but no one's in a hurry (usually) and it's really well known as a favorite bike route here. Along the way you can stop at Ghost Lake for a snack or a little cooling off in the water. You'll always meet some great bikers doing the same thing. This two-way road is kept up pretty well though some years it can get pitted. It has great curves and takes you into through the Stoney Reservation where there's lots of spots to stop if needed. The sun is almost always out and if you do feel a storm coming, there's lots of time to out run it - you can see it coming from a long way off. The weather here can really change in an instant so it's wise to pack a layer or two. The only part I struggle with is having to get onto the main number 1 hwy...it's so crazy busy and like that of people jostling in a mall at xmas time...not fun - plus the winds get crazy in the mountain ranges right where you enter...I'm only 5' 1" and 108 lbs on an 883 Sporty so being small and light doesn't help much...but I take it a little slower and easier and DO NOT attempt to pass the semis here...it's only a short ride from there to coming into Canmore/Banff. Once you're in Banff or Canmore, give yourself time for lunch and to walk around. These are two of the most widely visited places in Alberta and for good reason. I never get tired of walking around and taking in the multitude of tourists and shops. Upon heading back you pretty much have to take the same route...not really a chance of a nice loop with this one - but definitely worth your time - your senses will thank you!

This is a motorcycle ride in the country of Canada. This motorcycle route has 6 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by Mel in February. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by Mel

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Ride Scenery:

ParksLakesForestMountainsRuralFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Twisty RoadRolling HillsLight TrafficAverageAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

Senorjeem says:

Pretty scenic alright! Keep yur eyes on the road as much as possible, when you are heading West out of Seebe, there is a herd of mountain sheep that like to walk along the hiway, and unfortunately they are quite accustomed to the traffic.
Tue Apr 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM






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