Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.217m (7,273ft) above the sea level, located in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. It’s said to be the highest paved road in the country.

Nestled in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Front Ranges, the road to reach the summit is called Alberta Highway 40. It’s asphalted and sits within the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, just south of Lower Kananaskis Lake. The road is closed from Dec 1 through June 15 each year for the migration of wildlife.

Adverse weather conditions are common. Ice and snow can be on the way.  The drive is definitely worth it. It is one of the most varied and picturesque drives in the country. The summit is just about at the tree line, which means the surrounding area is one of the most accessible alpine areas in the Canadian Rockies.