Quick note about Eaglerider – Calgary who has so graciously loaned me their Harley Davidson collection for each of these rides I write about. When you rent from them, you have the bike for 24 hours to enjoy an early sunrise or a stunning Alberta sunset, love the possibilities. The owners, Marion & Bill, are engaging to the point that you feel you’ve known them for years. They understand the passion that is riding & will go out of their way to help you live out your dreams. #livemoreridemore
Been waiting a month to venture off West & today opportunity arrived...next stop, Canmore, Alberta. As with every ride I’ve been on, it’s the journey that you’ll never forget. On this trip, never truer a word was spoken, but can I say that today’s destination, Canmore, was pretty spectacular as well: an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.
As in previous rides, I’ll stay off the main highway & take a more scenic, less-traveled route.
From Cochrane, follow the 1A West (IE Bow Valley Trail)
Ride parallel with the Bow River into Cochrane
Unlike the #1 Highway, the #1A has challenging spots (twists & turns), multiple speed changes & brilliant landscapes to keep you distracted (IE Rocky Mountain Sheep). You need to be on your game.
As you’ll discover, Canmore is surrounded by picturesque landscapes, stunning mountain peaks & an abundance of flora & fauna along the way. One of its claims to fame was playing host the Nordic Events for the 1988 Winter Olympics...a site still in-use year-round.
Don’t leave Canmore until you’ve taken a picture with the ‘big head’. The Gaelic name for ‘big head’ is Canmore.
Lucky for me, my wife was able to find time to join me on this trip. She is the perfect passenger: curious, understanding, comforting, sexy and as excited about riding as I am. Thanks Sweets! This is the first time she’s been on the Harley Davidson Softtail. It’s lower to the ground then my previous rides, with an eye-catching classic style, easily maneuverable & plenty of power for you and a passenger...we both loved it!
We both gave ourselves an early start knowing that we might encounter a few surprises along the way (IE Rocky Mountain Sheep)...and we did, so cool.
With any wildlife encounter remember to be patient when approaching them. We understand the rules of the road, but the fauna, not so much.
The 1A (eh) runs parallel with the Bow River. You’ll get glimpses of this magnificent river and their adjacent banks the entire trip into Canmore.
There are not many turn-outs & the shoulders can be narrow at times, so choose your camera-stops wisely & safely.
May I suggest that your first stop in Canmore is the Nordic Centre. Built for the 1988 Olympics & is a year-round centre for competitions, events & recreational use...a must see: serine, nostalgic & extremely photogenic.
By now you know that the Galic word for ‘Big Head’ is Canmore. Ask the locals, they’ll direct you to this quirky symbol for this mountain paradise. We stopped for a bite but stayed off the main street. Having visited Canmore countless times we went in search of our own ‘off-the-beaten-path’ place & found it in the ‘Communitea”. I encourage you to go for a walk along the many paths connecting this town...you may run into a zen moment or two.
On your return, may I suggest returning on the same route: less traffic, quaint towns (Exshaw & Morley) and a hidden gem or two along the way (Grotto Pond).
I hope you enjoy reading about my journey’s on the Motorcycle & hope you take the time yourself to do just the same. If you have a motorcycle, great! If you want to upgrade your motorcycle for a trip or two...call Marion, she’ll hook you up. BTW, when you do, expect comments, gawkers & salivators along the way...these bikes are COOOL!!!
PS Drop me a note anytime with your stories & exciting places to ride