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One Tank Trip for Alberta Camping
Total Mileage/average drive time
582 km - 7 hours, 19 minutes
If you've seen one mountain, you've seen them all, right? That is until you get to Canada where the nearly 400 mile stretch of the Canadian Rockies running along the Alberta-British Columbia will leave your mouth hanging wide open and you'll probably decide right then and there that all mountains are not created equal.
We're going to start our trip off right in one of the most northerly municipalities in the province, High Level. Commonly referred to as the 'Crossroads to Northern Opportunity', High Level is a vibrant community with a steady stream of visitors who come for its majestic, untapped wilderness surrounding the small town. Recreation will be on your mind for every second you spend in High Level-whether it's hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, cross-country skiing or hiking, High Level has---well, a high level of it! If you find yourself with a few spare minutes, make sure you have a look at the Mackenzie Crossroads Heritage Museum. This recreated trading post boasts many wonderful historical and cultural artifacts once used by settlers in the early 1900s.
279 km - 3 hours, 37 minutes
Leave High Level on Mackenzie Hwy/AB-35S and hold steady for around 174 miles and you'll reach our next destination, Grimshaw. Located at mile 0 of the Mackenzie, Grimshaw is a small town surrounded by incomparable beauty. A short distance from the town, you'll find Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park, right on the shores of beautiful Lac Cardinal Lake. The lake features beautiful sandy beaches and is a popular spot for fishing, sailing and waterskiing, so make sure you bring your rod! There are miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails and for birders, the hike will lead you to a bird viewing platform where you just might catch a glimpse of some of the 160 birds who take sanctuary here. A short distance from the park you will find the Queen Elizabeth Park with many original buildings on display representing the 20s to the 40s. It's a fascinating park worthy of an afternoon of exploration and spans 20 acres, so bring a good pair of walking shoes!
172 km - 2 hours, 6 minutes
The last stop on our journey will have you leaving town on AB-2S and merging onto AB-43S after several miles. The total mileage is around 107 miles into Grande Prairie. Fairly larger than our other two stops, Grande Prairie is a wonderful mid-sized town offering a variety of cultural and outdoor activities. Your first stop should be to the Heritage Discovery Centre, where you can peruse the fascinating natural and social history of Peace Country from the Prehistoric Era to the present. Within a short distance of Grande Prairie, you'll find cross-country skiing at the Games Nordic Centre which features several miles of groomed and lighted trails or head to Nitehawk Ski Hill for downhill skiing. If you're not so graceful on skis, don't worry—they have slopes to accommodate all levels! Completely surrounding Grande Prairie, you'll find a wealth of rivers and lakes to launch your boat on and set your line, like the Wapiti River, just a few miles south of the city or Sturgeon Lake to the east.
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