Grande Cache

Length: 325 km (3.75 to 4.5 hours)
Overall Rating:
05 - Has Its Moments
07 - Picturesque
02 - Mostly straight
07 - Occasional Traffic

Forests. Endless forests. At 325 km (over 200 miles), this is a long drive through the northern Alberta foothills. It’s length may put some drivers off of it, but it is a scenic way to travel south from northwest Alberta.

From Grande Prairie you travel through oil and natural gas country, and you get deeper into the foothills as the highway juts west towards Grande Cache. The Grande Cache area is the prettiest of the drive, and you’ll benefit from having a 4×4 (or at least a car you can put into the gravel) if you want to venture out into the backwoods. From Grande Cache you skirt the foothills until you reach Hinton.

The highway is generally very straight, with little to get the adrenaline going (well, unless you plan on keeping up to some of the locals as they speed along). There are some hills and valleys to traverse though, so you do encounter some nice stretches of road (particularly around Grande Cache).

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