One-day itinerary – Pincher Creek
A Southern Alberta road trip isn’t complete unless the destinations include outdoor adventures, culinary, learning and cultural experiences.
Create your #MySouthernAB #BucketlistAB itinerary in Southern Alberta and come read more about why Pincher Creek is the perfect summer basecamp. The community of Pincher Creek is within a 30 minute drive of Castle Provincial Park (it’s also that close to Castle Ski Resort).
Getting To Castle Provincial Park
Drive from Calgary: It’s about a 2 ½-hour drive south on the AB-2 S and AB 22.
Drive from Edmonton: It’s about a five-hour drive south on the AB-2 S.
Drive from Regina: It’s about a 7 ½-hour drive west on the Trans-Canada Hwy/SK-1 W and Crowsnest Hwy/AB-3 W.
Morning – Bike or hike the park’s trails
Start the day off with a hike or bike on one of the park’s many trails. Castle Wildland Provincial Park’s forest trails are not only breathtaking, they are also accessible to all. Whether by car, wheelchair, bicycle, or on foot, this is a park that is meant to be enjoyed by everyone.
Mid-morning – Castle Falls
After taking in the beautiful scenery of the forested trails, head to Castle Falls where you will find a scenic river and waterfall to fall in love with. Spend some time wading in the water, inspecting the greenery, or just enjoying the ambience of this space. The area is also a prime camping spot where you can fall asleep at night to the tranquil sound of the waterfall in the distance.
Afternoon – Beaver Mines Lake
Visit Beaver Mines Lake to enjoy the gorgeous views and take part in the Learn to Fish program. A Castle Park Guide will teach you all the basics of fishing, like how to tie a fishing line, how to cast and reel, and how to identify the different species of fish in the lake. Required fishing gear and a fishing license are included.
Evening – Sunset canoe on Beaver Mines Lake
Experience a tranquil end to an eventful day by renting a canoe and taking a sunset paddle on Beaver Mines Lake. As the sun sets in an array of colours, enjoy the peaceful sounds of loons calling in the background, the dramatic view of the mountains in the distance, and the breeze flowing through the trees.
If you go:
Travel Alberta also has lots of great information about things to do and places to see in Lethbridge.
Find out more about how you can enjoy Castle Provincial Park.
Hit the road to explore Alberta’s South along Highway 3 this month and be sure to share your discoveries on social media with the hashtag #BucketlistAB and #MySouthernAB – you could be featured on our social media channels.