The Trail of the Buffalo in the Canadian Rockies

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Written by Madison Valois posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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Follow the paths of the Bison through Alberta, Canada.

Follow the paths of the bison through Alberta, Canada.

If tracking the path of the buffalo in the Canadian Rockies excites you, then this vacation travel excursion is ideal. It takes you right through scenic prairie lands where these great beasts once roamed. You enter the Trail of the Buffalo on Highway 12, just west of Stettler near Buffalo Lake. It’s a beautiful trip in summer when the warm water and vivid green forests invite you to loll about in the sun. Go to Rochan Sands Provincial Park or enjoy a day at Ol MacDonalds Resort and then head over to the Alberta Prairie Steam Train where you might be joined by the Bolton Gang.

Eastward, you will pass Halkirk and go on into Castor where you can camp in Big Knife Provincial Park or Huber Dam. Then go north on Highway 36 to Alliance where you can camp at the base of Valley Ski Hill to enjoy the vistas of Battle River Valley. Start the next day back on Highway 36 to pass through Forestburg where the farmer’s markets are brimming with fresh produce. Check out the Glass Inn and Artists Studio there. Back on track, you will pass through Sedgewick, Lougheed and Irma the Buffalo Trail as Highway 14 takes you into Wainwright.

Wainwright is where you can visit the Buffalo Interpretive Centre and National Park as well as the largest buffalo statue in Canada. Take a picture next to this looming beast as a memento of your truly Native American vacation travel.

Heading out to Provost, take Secondary 894 southeast of Wainwright, through Edgerton and then to Secondary 899 where you will experience the serenity of Clear Lake and Arm Lake. Traveling south on Secondary 899 will take you to the Bodo Archeological Site where you can see the latest found remnants of great bison local to the east central Alberta area. Spend some time in Provost where the wide range of activities will keep you busy and entertained.

Take Highway 12 west through the towns of Consort and Veteran. If the season is right, you can watch a rodeo en route to the town of Coronation and camp out at Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park where the view of the Nose Hills will bring out the photographer in you.

Onward from Provost, you will arrive at Oyen where there are some wonderful bed & breakfasts as well as swimming pools and waterslides. Just south of Oyen on Highway 41 lies a great art colony in the town of Empress. Continue north on Highway 41 back to Highway 9 through Bull-a-Rama country, heading west to Hanna through Cereal and Youngstown. Take a break at Prairie Oasis Campground near Shearness for water skiing and other great outdoor activities.

Highway 9 leads to Highway 56 where you will follow the Trail of the Buffalo north to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park and the historic vistas of Big Valley.

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