Southern Alberta


by Ashley Hildebrand June 11, 2018

Today were going to explore the scenery of Southern Alberta which would be great for a warm ride in the summer breeze.


Southern Alberta is home to some awesome biking locations that we think would be perfect for any enthusiast; we’re going to cover a couple here, as well as things to do and see well you are around the area.

DORVA MX

Located above the Drumheller region it offers bikers unsurpassed scenery along with many nearby amenities. Drumheller Off Road Vehicle Association is 100% non-profit; they are run solely by volunteers with a member elected board of individuals at the heart of the organization. The board is responsible for the operation, promotion and maintenance of the facility in Drumheller.

DORVA is also the host of round eight of the AMSA series in 2018. You can learn more about DORVA MX or become a member by visiting them online at dorvamx.com.

Temple Hill Motorcycle Park

Located 2 KM north of Raymond Alberta, the track is operated by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club on land that is eased from the Town of Raymond. The main track is approximately 2 kilometers long and features sand, hard packs and lots of natural elevation changes. It also hosts many obstacles both man-made and natural including a 100’ triple step-up in the back; the “tunnel” jump at the center of the track; the all-natural uphill sand whoops also known as The Equalizer; and various others.

In addition, Temple Hill also offers their peewee track for bikes less than or equal to 85cc and a turn track east of the main starting gate for shaking that early-season arm pump.

 

What to Eat

After a long day of biking you can easily imagine a heavy appetite awaiting. Here are a few places to check out and fill up on after a long day on the track.

Last Chance Saloon – Wayne, Drumheller

Since 1913 the Rosedeer Hotel has been standing in the tiny coal mining hamlet of Wayne, about a six-kilometer drive outside of Drumheller. With a population of just 27 the saloon and hotel have as much character as you would imagine from a small town. Cocktails in mason jars, homemade pies and all kinds of curious qualities (not to mention a few gunshot holes in the walls). During summer, the saloon turns into a live music venue with locals playing every Saturday night.

Camp Cookhouse and General Store

In the slumber, but excitable summer high, town of Elkwater, a campaign and cottage community about 40 minutes out of Medicine Hat, Camp Cookhouse and General Store pampers you with an amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner, regardless of whether you are just waking up from the camp or heading into town for a quick bite to eat, they always welcome their guests with the best of the best.

Aspen Crossing

A unique dining experience aboard the 1887 Diefenbaker right in the heart of Alberta. Whether a Sunday brunch or Friday Prime Rib, the genuine, friendly and informative staff will guide you through your experience. Aspen Crossing offers an amazing experience in the Pullman dining car restaurant. The traditional train car was once the private business car of former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

 

Where to Stay

Dinosaur Trail RV Resort & Cabins

Located in a quiet rural setting on the banks of Red Deer River, Dinosaur Trail RV Resort & Cabins is in the heart of Alberta’s Badlands, they have 250 full service, partial service and tenting sites. With over 221sites the resort offers a variety of styles including treed and open area’s with all types of camping. There is also a general store with all the necessities; with a dinosaur theme. In addition, there is a laundry mat, washrooms and showers close to all sites.

Bear Mountain Motel

If you’re coming to Waterton Lakes National Park one place you should check out is the Bear Mountain Motel, the name celebrates the majestic mountain that towers above the motel named by the Blackfoot Indians as Bear Mountain. Located right in the town site, they offer easy access to the marina, local cuisine, shops, beach paths and scenic attractions. From single rooms to 3-room kitchenettes or full kitchens, they always welcome guests both old and new.

Sierra West Cabins

Randy and Ginny Donahue are your hosts of Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations. Both born in southwestern Alberta and raised with the ranching way of life. Sierra is nestled at the base of the majestic Canadian Rockies in Alberta, is a working cattle ranch called Sierra West. Sierra has three log cabins set on the banks of Todd Creek and have now built a small town. “Cowtown” equipped with the Longhorn Saloon, a Cantina and 3 Bunkhouses have been added to accommodate more quests and larger groups.

Aspen Village

Located in the heart of the Waterton townsite, the Aspen Village provides the widest variety of sparkling clean hotel accommodations. Simple, clean and comfortable would be some of the easiest ways to describe Aspen. They are steps away from all of Waterton’s amenities; golf, shopping, tennis, playground and spray park.

 

What to See

 

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Located about two and a half hours east of Calgary, the park is situated in the valley of the Red Deer River, which is noted for its striking bad land. The park is well known for being on the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world with 58 dinosaur species discovered in the area.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Part

In the prairie grasslands of southern Alberta, Writing-on-Stone is a sacred landscape. The Milk River valley contains the largest concentration of First Nation rock carvings and paintings on the great plains of North America.

Medicine Hat Alberta

An oasis in the prairies of Alberta, the city sits center of Alberta’s vast natural gas fields. Plan to tour the historical sites of the city, especially the old Medalta plan, once a supplier of fine china for all Canadian Pacific hotels. Or the Saamis Teepee, the world’s largest teepee standing nearly 20 stories tall, built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, it now rests on a Saamis Indian archaeological site.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

An unforgettable cultural experience. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden combines the beauty of nature in a serene setting. From the first spring blossom to the final leaf in autumn. Step through the entrance gate, leave the stress of everyday city behind.

 

If you want to experience a great ride, good eats, restful nights and a whole lot of history we can’t imagine a better place to visit then Southern Alberta. We hope to hear your stories about the visits, let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.




Ashley Hildebrand
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