Travel Alberta

Cowboy Trail Route

6 days

Visitors can explore Alberta's warm western hospitality and cowboy heritage in this five-day tour along the Cowboy Trail. Working ranches, horseback trail rides and ancient buffalo jumps line the historic route. 

  • Edmonton

    With more than 30 annual festivals, the largest mall on the continent and lots of fresh green space, Edmonton is a popular cultural destination. 

    West Edmonton Mall

    Recommend that your clients spend a whole day here. Visitors can shop, play in the waterpark, ride a rollercoaster, mini-golf, skate and dine. 

    Muttart Conservatory

    These iconic glass pyramids house colourful and lush botanical gardens, concerts, workshops and a cafe specializing in regional food. 

    Art Gallery of Alberta

    A silver steel ribbon wraps itself around the new glass building. Inside, visitors browse touring international exhibits and community art shows before lounging over dinner and cocktails in the elegant restobar. 

    Winston Churchill Square

    The open public plaza anchors Edmonton's downtown arts district. It's a busy hub for big summer festivals and splashing around in City Hall's fountains and pools. 

    River Valley

    Forested riverside trails link 22 green valley parks along the rushing North Saskatchewan River. These 145 km (90 mi) of trails are perfect for walking, running, biking or skiing. 

    Overnight in Edmonton 

  • Cochrane

    Along the drive to Cochrane in the heart of Cowboy Trail, the scenery shifts from the golden prairie and bright yellow farmland to thick pine forests and rolling mountain foothills. Edmonton to Cochrane - 4 hours 

    The Cowboy Trail

    Lined with working and guest ranches, horseback trail rides and rodeos, Hwy 22 in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies is some of Alberta's prettiest country. 

    A Day in Cochrane

    Your clients can spend the day in the heart of cattle country, eating Alberta's most famous ice cream, browsing the art galleries and western shops on Main Street, and golfing on one of the area's most beautiful courses. 

    Overnight in Cochrane 

  • Cochrane Day Trips

    With Cochrane as a base, your clients can drive into Calgary (20 minutes), to hiking in Kananaskis Country parks (45 minutes) or into the Canadian Rockies (1 hour to Banff National Park) 

    Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump - From Cochrane 2 hours

    It's a short drive south along the foothills to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your clients will uncover 6,000 years of history at one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved jumps in the world. 

    Bar U Ranch - From Cochrane 1.5 hours

    This National Historic Site commemorates the history of ranching in Canada. Visitors can take a wagon ride around the site behind giant, gentle Percheron draft horses and listen to cowboy stories around a campfire. 

    Overnight in Cochrane 

  • Waterton Lakes National Park

    The drive to this international peace park and biosphere includes the southern leg of the Cowboy Trail through rolling foothills alongside blue mountain peaks. Cochrane to Waterton Lakes National Park - 4 hours 

    Explore Waterton

    This park brings together wildflower meadows, alpine forests and rich wetlands. Your clients can hike the trails, watch for abundant wildlife, take a shoreline cruise and soak up the sun on the beach. 

    Overnight in Waterton Lakes National Park 

  • Calgary

    The drive to Calgary offers an opportunity for clients to stop at the Mountie museum in Fort Macleod with the '50s-style diner in Black Diamond. With so many top attractions, find dining and shopping in the downtown core and local communities, your clients will want to spend some time in Calgary. Waterton Lakes National Park to Calgary - 3 hours 

    Heritage Park Historical Village

    History comes alive here as life in the 1900s is recreated with costumed interpreters, restored heritage buildings, an authentic steam train and a vintage vehicle museum. 

    Calgary Zoo

    Visitors get an introduction to Alberta's prehistory in the dinosaur park and learn about local animals in the Canadian Wilds area. Recommend that your clients book a private breakfast viewing. 

    Culinary Scene

    Calgary's busy and unconventional dining scene features artisan meals with house-smoked meats and cheese made from scratch, bold craft beers and local ingredients fresh from the farm. 

    The Calgary Stampede

    One of the world's largest rodeo draws visitors from around the world each July. Your clients are in for a Wild West whoop-it up that includes big white cowboy hats, riding the midway and lots of free pancake breakfasts. 

    Overnight in Calgary 

  • Calgary

    Encourage your clients to continue to explore Calgary and area for their final day in the province, prior to their departure from Calgary.