Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook!
From the snow and ice capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the sprawling foothills and prairie grasslands that stretch endlessly towards the eastern horizon, Southern Alberta is a land of great contrast, and even greater natural beauty. Rivers descend from the mountains to meander across the flatlands, creating a fertile landscape with a rich farming and ranching heritage. With such a diverse topography, outdoor recreational options vary greatly across the different parts of this region. Wherever you go in Southern Alberta, you will find something unique to see and do. To better help you navigate this diverse part of Canada, the latest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook contains numerous updates and improvements that will keep you pointed confidently in the direction of your next adventure.
Southern Alberta Mapbook Features
In this newest edition of the Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find 59 industry-leading topographic maps, including six new maps covering Kananaskis Country and the parks of the southern Canadian Rockies. Our easy-to-read maps feature labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. New to this edition, we have included Oil and Gas features, including plants and compressor stations, Municipal Regional District Areas and more detailed water features and seismic line corridors at 1:20,000 scale. A plethora of motorized and multi-use trails have been added to help guide you from the Montana Border in the south to Banff National Park and the Drumheller area in the north. Our maps boast a level of cartographic sophistication unparalleled even by government resources, making them the maps of choice for search-and-rescue.
In addition to our maps, we list accommodations, services, tours and amenities, including information on the best places to buy fishing and hunting gear in Calgary, Lethbridge Medicine Hat and the surrounding areas.
An easy-to-use index makes our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook an industry leader in terms of functionality as well as quality. You will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing. New to this edition, we have divided the index into Adventure and Map sections to make this mapbook even easier to use than its predecessor.
While there are plenty of cultural attractions to see without leaving the highway in Southern Alberta, our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook will lead you to the most remote, out-of-the-way locations with confidence, with over 50 detailed listings for Backroad Attractions around Kananaskis Country, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and more.
Whether you prefer lake fishing or river fishing, trolling or fly-fishing, our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook will give you the lowdown on almost 500 fishing hotspots in the area. Our maps and listings detail where to find whitefish, brook trout, bull trout, rainbow trout, northern pike, burbot and more, from the Bighorn Backcountry to Crowsnest Pass and the South Saskatchewan River, and everywhere in between.
For Bighorn Sheep hunting in the craggy alpine of the eastern Rocky Mountains to moose hunting in the lush valleys below, to bird hunting for ptarmigan and partridge in the sprawling prairies, Southern Alberta offers a diverse range of options. Whether you are basing your hunting adventure out of Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge or elsewhere, we have you covered with detailed description of the area’s WMUs (Wildlife Management Units) and main game species.
From the challenging whitewater of the eastern Rockies to the easy-to-access lakes and long, flat rivers of the prairies, Southern Alberta features a great mix of river paddling and lake paddling. Many rivers in the province end up as tributaries of the South Saskatchewan River. In the latest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed descriptions of over 60 paddling routes, complete with put-in and take-out locations, length and best season to run them as well as other highlights.
In the newest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed information for close to 200 national, provincial and regional parks, as well as recreation areas and Public Land Use Zones. From hiking in Banff National Park to paddling in Waterton Lakes National Park and horseback riding in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, we have got you covered.
In the wildlands of the Bighorn Backcountry, Crowsnest Pass and Kananaskis Country you will find plenty of hiking trails, and although the prairies have less routes to explore, there are still trails to hike around Calgary, Bragg Creek, Drumheller, Medicine Hat and elsewhere. In the newest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find over 300 detailed trail listings, including 5,000 kilometres of multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and more.
From easy trail ridges to hardcore mud-bogging, Southern Alberta is a hotspot for ATV riding. With endless scenic landscapes, plenty of abandoned historic mine sites and the sprawling foothills of the Rockies, there is no shortage of terrain to explore on an ATV. In our newest Southern Alberta Mapbook, you will find over 40 detailed descriptions of some of the best places to ATV around Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and more.
There are some great areas to explore on snowmobile around the Rocky Mountain foothills and Forestry Trunk Road, and a less noticeable impact on the environment means snowmobiles have more leeway when it comes to finding riding areas in Southern Alberta than ATVs. From Cataract Creek to Crowsnest Pass and the Ghost Snowmobile Area and beyond, we have you covered for snowmobiling in Southern Alberta.
From thousands of migrating birds who stop over in the wetlands and lakes of Southern Alberta to the elk, moose, bear and bighorn sheep who roam the foothills and mountains of the Rockies, this is a startlingly diverse area for wildlife, and there are plenty of places to set up with a pair of binoculars and get a close look at a fascinating beast or bird. In our newest Southern Alberta Mapbook you will find over 50 detailed listings of the best places for wildlife viewing in the area.
Whether you are looking to downhill or cross country ski, snowboard, snowshoe, fat bike or just take in the snow-covered scenery, our newest Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook will direct you to the best places to go around Calgary, Lethbridge, Kananaskis Country, and everywhere in between. From cross-country skiing along the Pocaterra Trail to downhill skiing at the Nakiska Ski Area, you will find the perfect winter adventure in our Southern Alberta Backroads Mapbook!
If I buy the print edition, can I get a copy of the PDF included? The print makes sense for planning while the PDF would be useful on the road.