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Posted: 06/25/09 09:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I had a great trip through the mountains and foothills in west-central Alberta in mid-June 2009.
After a visit with our daughter in Calgary, we travelled from Calgary through Kananaskis, over to Hwy 22 (The Cowboy Trail) and north on the Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy 40/ 734) to Grande Prairie, AB.
We took a lot of pictures and will share some here. A more extensive set of pictures can be found at
Forestry Trunk Road Album

The approximate route is shown below.
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Along Hwy 40 south in Kananaskis
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We spent 2 nights at the Interlakes campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Upper Kananaskis Lake
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We crossed over the Highwood Pass on Hwy 40 on June 16 - they had opened the road on June 15th.
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We turned onto Secondary Hwy 940 at Highwood House and travelled further south.
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We turned east at Secondary Hwy 532
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This route took us over another pass. The scenery was spectacular.
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At the top of the pass.
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A view looking east from near the top.
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We dropped down the east side along hwy 532 and camped at Indian Graves campsite. We were there alone alongside a small stream and very much enjoyed the solitude and our outdoor shower.
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And although we have never met Dave Rogers (Whazoo), I think he has set the standard for trip reports so here is what we are now calling "the Wahzoo wave" to you all.
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The next morning we travelled further east through the foothills and ranch country and turned north on Hwy 22 - the Cowboy Trail - towards Longview, AB
Along the way there are long stretches of fence line with ball caps on each one.
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We stopped in Longview at Hiedi's food saloon for a great brunch before continuing our trek north.
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We joined up with the Forestry Trunk Road (734/40) just west of Cochrane, AB.
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It wasn't long before we were stopped in Forestry Trunk Road traffic.
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That afternoon, we stopped at the James Wilson Provincial Recreation area for the night. Again, we were there alone and enjoyed a short hike, and the sounds of the nearby steams.
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More spectacular scenery awaited us as we continued north on the Forestry Trunk Road.
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We arrived at the South Ram River and Falls in time for a lunch break.
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Some Bighorn sheep along the way just north of the South Ram River.
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We stopped at the Brown Creek Provincial Recreation area for the day. Again, we were alone and enjoyed a little bit of fly fishing, a nice walk, and the solitude.
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I could see the small trout surfacing but being an very amatuer fly fisherman, I could not seem to get them to strike any of the flies I tried.
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The next day we continued northward to the small mining town of Cadomin to look around.
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North of Cadomin there is a coal mining operation where we spotted numerous bighorn sheep along the road.
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...and just like a cartoon, a coyote was skulking about a short distance away.
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We stayed the night in the Big Berland Recreation area south of Grande Cache.
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...and then home to Grande Prairie, AB
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...regards, brad


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Posted: 06/25/09 10:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pics!!! Thanks.
Looks like some darn fine eats too!!


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Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing I could look at those all day


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Posted: 06/25/09 11:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice - I could easily imagine the peace and quiet you must have enjoyed. Thanks for including us!

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BE, without a doubt you had an excellent adventure, I like many of your photos.


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Any title that says "with pics" I'm game...[emoticon]

Thanks for sharing. The pine tree's look inviting...[emoticon]

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Beautiful pics ! I love that with red wine !!!


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Posted: 06/25/09 11:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pics. Wine shot was great. How was the water at south ram falls? Looks like a great trip. One of the day the family and I will have to journey up that way.

Happy and Safe Camping, Robert.


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now that's great, how did you get the plant to do the Wahzoo Wave too???


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Posted: 06/25/09 07:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pics, Brad. We were planning to do some travelling this week from Calgary - Banff - Jasper and back through the David Thompson - but after seeing your pics - I might be changing my mind and staying on the Forestry Trunk Roads. - Thanks - Bev

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