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Four Southern Alberta Biking Destinations

by Karen Ung
Start planning your southern Alberta #BucketlistAB biking adventure now. Stay a night & see a sight!

From paved bike paths to sweet single track, southern Alberta offers great biking in Medicine Hat, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Crowsnest Pass and Castle Provincial Park. (Yes, there is mountain biking in southeast Alberta!) Explore town or countryside by bike, at your own pace, and experience each #BucketlistAB destination like a local.

Bike to picture perfect picnic areas in Cypress Hills Provincial Park!
Image Credit: Chris Istace

1. Medicine Hat

Biking in downtown Medicine Hat
Biking in downtown Medicine Hat
Image Credit: Chris Istace

With over 100 kilometers of biking and hiking trails, Medicine Hat is best explored by bike. Start at the giant tipi and coast downhill to the Saskatchewan River Valley where riverside parks, micro-breweries, indie coffee shops, and museums await. Medalta, a historic clay factory turned museum, is a must see! Since “the Hat” is Canada’s sunniest city with 330 days of sunshine per year, it’s almost always a good day to bike.

Discover more fun things to do in Medicine Hat on ZenSeekers: Reconnecting with my old home of Medicine Hat.

2. Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Mountain biking in Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Mountain biking in Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Image Credit: Chris Istace
Cypress Hills Provincial Park is a hidden gem in the southeast corner of the province with 60+ kilometres of trails and a long biking season (typically April to October). Families will enjoy biking the Elkwater boardwalk and paved bike trail to beaches, playgrounds, mini golf and disc golf courses. Mountain bikers can take their pick from easy to technical downhill trails – or sign up for an adventure race! Alberta Parks also offers guided mountain biking rides ($) for ages 12 & up.

Learn more on ZenSeekers about Biking, boating and comfort camping in Cypress Hills.

3. Crowsnest Pass

The Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe in Bellevue is a great bike tour snack spot!
Image Credit: Matt Bailey

The Crowsnest Community Trail is a 23-kilometer interpretive trail (paved / gravel / dirt surface) that links the communities of Crowsnest Pass: Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Hillcrest, and Frank. Highlights along the trail include Bellevue Mine (go underground on a tour!), Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, and Leitch Collieries (coal mine ruins). Learn about the area’s mining history and enjoy the scenery in this quiet corner of the Rockies. Pedal assisted e-bike rentals are available if you want to take it easy. Mountain bikers can challenge themselves at Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill, south of Blairmore; or Coleman.

Read more on ZenSeekers: Grab a bike and pedal the scenic new trails of Crowsnest Pass!

4. Castle Provincial Park

Mountain biking and triking in Castle Provincial Park
Image Credit: Matt Bailey
Alberta’s newest provincial park boasts wild trails less travelled. In an effort to make the trails more accessible, Castle Provincial Park loans out an electric-assist tricycle for wheelchair users. Cycle the dirt trails along the South Castle and West Castle
rivers from Syncline South Day Use Area, then attend a fun interpretive program. Rumour has it that an “epic” cycling trail will connect the park to Crowsnest Pass in the coming years (Source: Calgary Herald). I can’t wait!

For more ideas on things to do in the park, read this story on ZenSeekers: Accessibility at its finest: Castle Provincial Park truly for everyone.

If You Go

Learn about these #BucketlistAB destinations (and many others!) at www.BucketlistAB.ca.

Click on Tourism Medicine Hat and discover the town’s best attractions, parks, and dining.

Visit Alberta Parks – Cypress Hills to learn about fun things to do in Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Check out the Go Crowsnest Pass website to get planning your trip.

Head over to Alberta Parks – Castle to book your campsite or cabin in Castle Provincial Park.

Canalta Hotels has partnered with a collection of destinations across Southern Alberta to save you money on local attractions: Stay a Night & See a Sight.

Visit Travel Alberta for more information on things to do and places to see in southern Alberta.

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Author Acknowledgements

Thank you to Chris Istace | Mindful Explorer and Matt Bailey of Must Do Canada for these great stories!

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1 comment

Stasher July 20, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Would have been awesome to get a bit of riding in the Castle Provincial park area, looks great there.

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