Camping, Destinations

A long weekend road trip: Calgary

A road trip from Calgary: What to see, where to stay, and what to eat along the way!

Our home town of Calgary, Canada is only about an hour drive from the foothills, and where the foothills grow into the Canadian Rockies there are quite a few places to explore. A favourite of ours is crossing the Provincial border into beautiful British Columbia. Specifically, the Columbia Valley where the small town of Invermere lays about a 3-hour drive from Calgary. How would we recommend you spend a weekend away from the city? These little gems are must see and do for your three day trip.

Friday

Stop for coffee: Beamer’s Coffee Bar is a local favourite in Canmore. Snap a photo of your to-go cup while on your adventures to be featured on their website.

Enjoy the view: Emerald Lake Lodge is a breathtaking must-see any time of year. Picture Lake Louise with less of a crowd and even more of that blue-green hue these Canadian Rockies lakes are known for.

Stay: It’s too hard to choose a favourite! There are a handful of campgrounds to set up camp near Invermere.

Saturday

Where to brunch: Huckleberry’s Family Restaurant for casual dining and large portions.

Enjoy the view: For a fantastic view, hike the hoodoos for views of the valley—just 20 minutes from Invermere in Fairmount Hot Springs.

Grab a brew: Grab a seat and a pint or fill a growler to-go at the bright blue coloured Arrowhead Brewery. You won’t be disappointed.

Sunday

Have a bite: Invermere Bakery has savoury and sweet, but these guys don’t always like to open on Sundays. If they are closed, the local pizza joint is the next best thing, Pizzeria Mercato!

Coffee for the road: Kicking Horse Coffee—stop by the source of a Columbia Valley favourite.

Relax a little: Go for a dip in Radium Hot Springs. If you have extra time, pay a visit to Rolph—the artist who lives in The Home of a Thousand Faces.

Take the scenic route: If you’re a fan of scenic mountain drives, you will love driving home on BC Highway 93, the 2-lane highway that winds through the Sinclair Canyon at the entrance of Kootenay National Park.