Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian prairie, the historic Cowboy Trail connects the towns, villages and ranching communities in the high ranching country of Alberta.
Follow Highways 5, 6 and 22 north through the foothills, 690 kilometres from Cardston to Mayerthorpe. Here’s a full map of The Cowboy Trail.
The western spirit comes alive along the trail with special cowboy-flavoured events. Listen to poets celebrate the western way of life or watch native dancers move to the beat of a drum at a pow wow. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, watch a small town parade, shop for western antiques and local crafts, or cheer during a rodeo.
Experience a horseback trail ride or pack trip with an outfitter into some of Alberta’s prettiest country. Here you’ll find guest ranches, farm and ranch vacations, interactive historic sites and western-themed attractions.
A variety of accommodations are available along the trail, from campgrounds and RV parks to B&Bs, hotels and lodges. There’s something for every budget.
Only have a day or two? No problems. Use the many gateway communities on Highway 2 to create your own personalized loop tour.
National Geographic has called the Icefields Parkway one of the Top 10 Drive in the World. And there’s nothing like watching dawn break on the eastern slopes of the majestic Canadian Rockies.
International travellers typically select Calgary or Edmonton as their destination when flying into Western Canada to experience The Cowboy Trail. Each of these fine urban centres provides travellers with an excellent international airport, car and RV rentals, as well as a wide selection of accommodations, attractions and major events & festivals.
Visit the two newest provincial parks in Alberta: Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park.
If you’re looking for an authentic western adventure, now’s the time to saddle up and drive The Cowboy Trail!