Bow Valley Trail to Canmore

We have been enjoying brunch at our favorite restaurant in Canmore for a couple of years now and we’ll take any excuse to head out there. With temperatures reaching 20 degrees in Calgary and the mountains today, it was a beautiful day for a ride and we couldn’t think of a better destination than Canmore for the morning.

We decided on Highway 1A, also known as the Bow Valley Trail (which starts in Cochrane) to get there. On bike, Highway 1A from Calgary to Canmore is a great alternative to the Trans Canada Highway. It’s twisty and turny and less traveled by larger vehicles so it’s quieter on busy days. It goes through Ghost Lake and the Morley Reserve and most of the ride is quite scenic. You can expect to see occasional wildlife, livestock and sometimes pedestrians on or near the highway so it’s best to take caution and pay attention to the speed limit, especially on blind turns. Trains are also likely to cross your path.

The Bow Valley Trail takes us straight to where we need to go in Canmore so we can keep our route the whole way, but if you’re looking to get off (to head to Banff for example), 1A meets the Trans Canada Highway just west of Canmore so you can exit at that point since the 1A does not go from Canmore to Banff. You need to take the TCH.

If you’re in the Canmore area and you find yourself craving a good eggs benny dish, Chez Francoisin Canmore is worth the try. We make a special trip on occasion and we will never pass up an opportunity to have breakfast there when we spend a weekend in the mountains. The fact that it’s so busy on the weekend proves how good this place really is. They call their eggs Benedict famous for a reason. They’re perfect every time! Their crepes are nothing to scoff at either. Go after 10 am and you can enjoy a mimosa with your brunch… and if you happen to be riding pillion, you can enjoy a 2nd one 

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