With summertime around the corner, many Canadians are dreaming of packing the car, planning their routes and hitting the road for a summer road trip. From the majestic mountains of the Crowsnest pass to the rolling hills of Hinton to the deserts and canyons of Drumheller, there’s a lot you can see in one day of driving in Canada. Here at BCMI, many of our guests are passing through, exploring the great Canadian outdoors by vehicle. If you’re planning on taking an Alberta road trip this summer, keep reading for a few road trip tips including suggested routes, attractions, and accommodations.
Plan Your Alberta Road Trip Route: Starting in Hinton
Starting in the small town of Hinton, AB we suggest exploring the area’s provincial parks and attractions. Rock Lake Provincial Park is a beautiful place to start your road trip. Stay for a while and take in the beautiful lake views surrounded by mountains. Whether you’re into mountain biking, hiking fishing or even geocaching, there are lots of things to do in this breathtaking park. Take a walk down the Beaver Boardwalk, or experience the area’s history at the Northern Rockies Museum. After a full day exploring the area, we recommend spending the night at one of Hinton’s best inns, BCMI Hinton. Whether you’re looking for a Hinton hotel with a pool or a jacuzzi suite to relax in after a long day of driving, we’ve got you covered. We have all the amenities of home and a hot continental breakfast served fresh every morning. Check rates and availability for your stay here.
On the Road Again: Lac La Biche
After a day in Hinton, we suggest taking Highway 16 to Edmonton and then heading to Lac La Biche. On your way through Edmonton, stop by at the West Edmonton Mall for shopping, waterslides and even an amusement park. If you’re traveling with kids, we suggest taking the 28A to explore Jurassic Forest where you can trek through a scenic forest and meet dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. From there, take the scenic route to Lac La Biche, enjoying the scenic views of the Alberta Countryside. Once there, we suggest exploring the town’s provincial parks. You can rent canoes, kayaks stand up paddleboards or explore the myriad of hiking trails. The stunning lake and mountain views are sure to make it an unforgettable trip. If you’re looking for hotels in Lac La Biche, we recommend staying with us at BCMInns Lac La Biche. Relax in a jacuzzi room, enjoy a hot continental breakfast and even get some laundry done with our guest laundry machines. With all the amenities of home, you’ll feel like you’re home away from home. Check rates and availability here.
The Last Stop: Coleman Alberta
From Lac La Biche, we recommend starting your last road trip day headed to Coleman Alberta. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a myriad of attractions of breathtaking views, you may even want to stay for a few days. On the way there, we suggest planning a stop in Drumheller, AB. The drive will take you through some of the most diverse scenery in Canada in just a day. Drumheller contains one of Canada’s largest collections of dinosaur fossils. Explore museums, canyons, and natural hoodoo formations. One the way to Coleman, you’ll then experience the beauty of the Crowsnest Pass. Take a hike through the mountains or go on a guided tour with Uplift Adventures. If you’re looking for A hotel in Coleman, AB, we suggest staying at BCMInns Coleman, one of the best places to stay in the area. Whether you’re looking for pet-friendly accommodations in Coleman or just a great place to kick back and relax after your drive, BCMI Coleman offers unparalleled service met with all the amenities of home. Check rates and availability for your Alberta road trip here.
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Alberta Road Trip: Expect the Unexpected
Part of planning a road trip is planning for spontaneous detours and adventures. Create a road trip playlist, play Canadian road trip bingo and stop at every “World’s Largest” attraction you see (hint: the World’s largest Mallard Duck, Piggy Bank, and Dinosaur are all along our suggested route). One of the best parts of taking an Alberta road trip is experiencing the scenic views and attractions you may not find if you cruise the highway the whole time. Try lightly planning your route ahead of time, but give yourself time to get lost, take the scenic route or pull over when you spot a moose on the side of the highway.
Here at BCMI, many of our guests are passing through, enjoying the scenery and adventures only an Alberta road trip can offer. All along your trip, ensure you still have the comforts of home by Staying BCMI, which means incredible service and comfort met with unmatched value. Whether you’re staying for a night or a week, BCMI offers amenities and hospitality so you always feel at home away from home. With numerous locations in Saskatchewan and Alberta, you’ll always have a place to kick off your boots and relax.