Smith Dorrien Trail

Smith Dorrien Trail is a dusty scenic drive in Canada

Smith Dorrien Trail is the name of a very scenic drive located in Kananaskis, in Alberta province of Western Canada. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

How long is the Smith Dorrien Trail?

Tucked away in the Bow Valley Provincial Park, the road (also known as Highway 742) is 70.2km (43.62 miles) long, running from south of Canmore (a town in west of Calgary) to Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40). The road is gravel-surfaced and rather dusty with a lot of washboards. It’s pretty easy to drive, no need for an SUV.

Is the Smith Dorrien Trail worth it?

Set high in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the road tops out by Smith-Dorrien Pass, at 1.909m (6,263ft) above the sea level. Be prepared for severe winter conditions. Running through the heart of the scenic Smith-Dorrien Valley, the drive is very scenic. It is well worth your time. It takes less than 2 hours to drive, without stopping.

Is Smith Dorrien Trail dangerous?

Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not advised night drive. The biggest issue might be the dust from a gravel road. If you've ever driven on gravel roads before, the drive won't pose any major challenges. Give plenty of space between vehicles to avoid getting a cracked windshield. Watch out for wildlife. It’s pretty rough in sections and features a narrow, steep winding grade near Canmore. It can be dangerous in the summer because of the dust on the 80kph section. Extreme caution advised. No cell service back there.

 

 

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