Southern Alberta - 5th Edition
From the imposing, world-famous peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the west to the seemingly endless fields of wheat and canola in the east, Southern Alberta is a land of great contrast, with recreation opportunities as diverse as its landscape. The Rockies are the most dramatic part of this region and attract hikers, campers and mountaineers from across the globe, while anglers and whitewater rafters ply and play in the mountains' many streams. As you make your way east, you will discover fertile hunting grounds and endless ATV trails, with a wide-open prairie landscape that will stir your adventurer's soul and inspire you to take the road less travelled.
The latest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook features Crown Land areas, including new Conservation Sites and updated and Public Land Use Zones, labelled fish species for individual fishing lakes and bonus large scale park maps for Banff, Peter Lougheed and Waterton Parks along with an overview park map for Glacier National Park in the states. This Mapbook also contains fish stocking charts for the area's main stocked species, along with trail charts for several parks and the Great Trail/Trans Canada Trail. We have also included a Backcountry Huts and Lodges section among our carefully researched Adventure listings.
The printed version of the mapbook comes in the convenient 21.5 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 inch) mapbook format with a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover. The 216 page book includes 59 maps at 1:225,000 scale plus 8 bonus park maps, along with 11 Outdoor Adventure sections, a Service Provider Directory, Map and Adventure Index, Trip Planning tools and more. With over 130,000 kilometres of roads to view including the most complete logging and industrial road coverage available, the books are ideal for navigating on road trips and planning from home.
- Map Key & Legend
- Topographic Maps
- 59 @ 1:225,000 Scale Maps
- 8 Park Maps (various scales)
- Detailed Adventure Section
- Backroad Attractions
- Fishing Locations
- Hunting Areas
- Paddling Routes
- Parks & Campsites
- Trail Systems
- ATV Routes
- Snowmobile Areas
- Wildlife Viewing
- Winter Recreation
- Backcountry Hut & Cabin
- Service Directory
- Sales & Services
- Tours & Guides
- Adventure Index
- Map Index
- Trip Planning Tools
In your durable, heavy-duty, spiral-bound 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5"x 11") Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find 59 detailed topographic maps at 1:225,000 scale, complete with labeled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. Not only are these maps user-friendly, but they boast a level of cartographic sophistication unparalleled even by government resources - making them the maps of choice for search-and-rescue.Service Directory
In addition to our maps, we list Southern Alberta accommodations, services, tours and amenities.Adventures
Our detailed adventure section is one of the features that makes your Backroad Mapbook so much more than just a map of Southern Alberta. From hiking to hunting, ATVing, paddling, wildlife viewing and beyond, our team of writers and researchers have come up with the most comprehensive adventure information for this region you will find anywhere.Index
Our Index is divided into Map and Adventure sections to make it easier to use than ever before. 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.
Backcountry Hut & Cabin Adventures
For those looking to explore the backcountry in style, we list the best in backcountry accommodation for hikers, skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers exploring the stunning wilderness of Southern Alberta. From remote alpine cabins nestled amid the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to easy-access day-use warming shelters, we've offer 20 backcountry hut and lodges from which to base your stay.Backroad Adventures
In the latest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find 100 listings for the best things to see and do while traveling along the region's highways, rural road and backroads. From quaint small-town museums to First Nations cultural sites and unique geological formations, there is something to see in every direction.Fishing Adventures
From the mountain streams of the Rocky slopes to the big rivers of the plains, Southern Alberta is a place of abundant angling opportunities. In your Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed listings for close to 190 fishing lakes and over 130 fishing streams and rivers, complete with species and stocking information, access, regulations and other highlights. Fish stocking charts list and an additional 116 locations for stocked arctic grayling, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat and rainbow trout.Hunting Adventures
From Bighorn Sheep hunting in the remote alpine of the Rockies to moose hunting in the lush valleys below, to bird hunting for ptarmigan and partridge in the sprawling prairies, there is no shortage of options for hunters in Southern Alberta. No matter your game animal of choice, we have you covered with species descriptions, tips, regulations and listings for over 45 Wildlife Management Units in the area.Paddling Adventures
From challenging whitewater runs that will test even the most advanced paddlers to easy-access lakes and the long, meandering rivers of the prairies, Southern Alberta offers a great mix of paddling opportunities. In the latest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed descriptions of 60 paddling routes, complete with put-in and take-out locations, difficulty, length, river highlights and more.Park Adventures
In the newest addition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed information for over 180 Provincial, National and Regional Parks, complete with access, activities, highlights and more. We also list Conservation Sites, Public Land Use Zones and Provincial Recreation Areas. From hiking in Banff National Park to horseback riding in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, we've got you covered.Trail Adventures
From challenging, dramatic hikes in the Bighorn Backcountry, Crowsnest Pass and Kananaskis Country to easy, flat, but equally impressive routes around Drumheller and Medicine Hat, the newest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook contains close to 400 detailed trail listings for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Trail Charts offer additional trails for Cypress, Banff and Waterton National Parks, Peter Lougheed Park, and the Trans Canada/Great Trail, which features the dynamic High Rockies Trail through Peter Lougheed.ATV (OHV) Adventures
Whether you are looking for easy trail rides or 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 60 detailed descriptions of some of the best places to ATV around Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and more.Snowmobile Adventures
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 with detailed listings of close to 30 of the best places to sled in Southern Alberta.Wildlife Adventures
With the lakes and wetlands of the prairies providing stopping points for thousands of migrating birds, and large mammals such as elk, moose, bear and bighorn sheep roaming the foothills and mountains of the Rockies, Southern Alberta supports startlingly diverse array of wildlife. In the latest edition of our Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook you will find over 60 detailed listings for the best wildlife viewing locations in the area complete with directions, species, best viewing times and more.Winter Adventures
From downhill skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat biking or just taking in the majestic winter scenery, the latest Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook will direct you to the best places to get out and enjoy this beautiful area during the winter months. With over 70 detailed winter recreation listings, you can find the perfect outdoor adventure no matter the season.
For a digital version of the mapbook, select PDF Book from the Media Type drop-down menu. The PDF version can be viewed on your computer, smartphone or tablet using any pdf reader, including iBooks or Google Play Books, meaning it can be downloaded straight to a smartphone, tablet or eBook reader to bring along on adventures. Viewing the mapbook as a PDF book has the added bonus of a scrollable index to quickly find a region on the maps or jump to a specific Adventure.
- Easy to Read: zoom into the maps or text for easy route planning
- Lightweight: transport several mapbooks at once using your phone, tablet, or computer
- Easy to Navigate: use the index or search function for easy navigation between pages and maps
- Eco-Friendly: zero paper waste!
Please note that these PDF books are not printable or geo-referenced. See our Mobile Maps for geo-referenced versions of our maps.