Motorcycle Trips From Calgary

The Highwood Pass / Kananaskis Trail on the east-slope of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Calgary to Longview through Kananaskis Country is approximately a 315 km round-trip, but plan on making this one the better part of a complete day. One of the best motorcycle rides in Alberta, a top motorcycle ride in Canada, and one of the top motorcycle rides in North America, the Highwood Pass west of Calgary, Alberta, shouldn’t be rushed.

How To Approach This Trip

You can approach this trip by heading west along the Trans Canada highway from Calgary and then heading south on Highway 40 through Kananaskis to Longview. Or you can head southwest from Calgary to Longview and enter the pass heading northwest on Highway 40. Either way it will be worth every second of your time. This trip is a regular on the list of rides for many Calgary and area motorcyclists and is a top attraction for touring motorcycles from around the world. It is one of Western Canada’s best motorcycle rides, one of our top rides here at Destination Cycles, and a favorite of the owner, Barry Radu — so watch out for Barry on one of his Boss Hoss motorcycles or trikes.

The trip from Calgary, if taken leisurely will take up the better part of a day and will be worth every minute of it. From some of the most beautiful scenery the Canadian Rockies have to offer to being right up close and personal with some of our treasured wildlife, this trip is like no other. On this ride you’ll have miles of views with another corner around almost every bend, leading your onto straight-aways that seem as though they are right out of a movie. This Alberta road and travel treasure will take your breath away.

Even though the entire road is fully maintained and nicely paved, don’t forget that this trip is only available for part of the year — The Highwood Pass is closed for a large part of the year and usually opens in mid-June. It is reported to be one of the highest paved roads in Canada and worthy of the trip.


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The Highwood Pass / Kananaskis Trail on the east-slope of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
The Highwood Pass / Kananaskis Trail on the east-slope of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Some Other Travel Distances By Motorcycle From Calgary, Alberta

Calgary to Edmonton – 300 km
Calgary to Red Deer – 150 km
Calgary to Fort McMurray – 775 km
Calgary to Lethbridge – 215 km
Calgary to Medicine Hat – 295 km

Here Are The Driving Distances From Calgary to a Few of the Best Places to Visit in and Around the Calgary Area

Calgary to Banff National Park – 120 km
Calgary to Lake Louise – 185 km
Calgary to Columbia Icefield – 310 km
Calgary to Jasper – 425 km or 600 km (depending upon route)
Calgary to Drumheller – 150 km

For the Adventurous Who Want To Use Calgary As Their Starting Point

Calgary to Golden, BC – 265 km
Calgary to Revelstoke, BC – 410 km
Calgary to Kelowna, BC – 605 km
Calgary to Vancouver, BC – 975 km


Destination Cycles

Before or after your motorcycle ride through the Rockies or while riding around the Calgary area, stop by Destination Cycles. Our coffee is always hot and free and we’d love to hear about your journey. We are a family-owned and operated Calgary area motorcycle dealership located by heart of the new west in Airdrie, Alberta. We service, sell and supply parts and accessories for all makes and models of motorcycles and trikes, and we are a factory dealer for Boss Hoss, Bushtec, and Ural. Our service team consists of several journeymen and apprentice mechanics that can perform regular service and tire changes while you wait, or repair almost anything that your motorcycle might need. We offer a well-stocked parts and accessories inventory and have a large selection of motorcycles for sale including: Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Ural, Boss Hoss, just to name a few. Check out our website for more details.