Driving Highway 1A to Banff

Driving Highway AB-1A to Banff National Park

Driving Highway AB-1A to Banff National Park

Driving Highway 1A is something I’d recommend to everyone. Leaving from Edmonton, taking the scenic route really only adds minutes to your drive. Make sure to stop for gas in Airdrie, because the price of gas goes up from there! Passing Cochrane and heading onward down the one lane highway with early signs of the fall foliage was breathtaking.

Along Highway AB-1 from Cochrane to Canmore

Along Highway AB-1 from Cochrane to Canmore

It’s a lonely road in comparison to the main highway, with lots of twists and turns and I loved driving it. If you’re in a rush to get to Banff do take the Trans Canada, but isn’t the best part of traveling enjoying the journey?

Our mode of transport - my 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

Our mode of transport – my 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

There are some really neat places to stop along the way too, with more than a few great photo opportunities. Make sure to wear something road trip ready – like this sweater from Hudson’s Bay or these cute ankle booties with that much needed touch of western! A person can never go wrong with a cozy blanket scarf in a timeless pattern like this one that I got at Simons.

Alberta heartland - a stop along AB-1A.

Alberta heartland – a stop along AB-1A.

If the weather allows, open the windows and feel the wind in your hair; my sister and I most certainly did.

Driving the AB-1A with the Windows Down.

Driving the AB-1A with the Windows Down.

Before you know it, you’ll be merging on to the regular highway and entering into Banff with everyone else, or continuing on further to Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway, or British Columbia!

McDougall Memorial United Church, a scenic stop along AB-1A

McDougall Memorial United Church, a scenic stop along AB-1A

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