Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.206m (7,238ft) above the sea level. Located in Alberta, it’s said to be the highest paved road in the country. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes.  

The road to reach the summit is Alberta Highway 40. It’s asphalted and it lies within the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, just south of Lower Kananaskis Lake. The road is closed from Dec 1 through June 15 each year. 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. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains.

The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don’t forget your camera! The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. 

 

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