Kick this trip off by heading west out of Calgary on one of two routes.
You can ride along the Trans-Canada (HWY 1) or take Glenmore Trail (HWY 8), both of which will meet up with the famous Cowboy Trail (HWY 22).
If you head out early, stop in for a full breakfast at the friendly Bragg's Korner Kitchen. If you're rolling out a bit later, pull up to Moto Cafe and grab a coffee or tea, a baked good and check out some very cool moto enthusiast paraphernalia.
From either location you have a great location to browse around town, home to many cool little shops, studios, and natural space.
Once you head out, you'll be heading south east to the town of Turner Valley. This next trip also offers choice in routes available to get to your next destination. For new riders or valley view lovers, you can take the Cowboy Trail (HWY 22) all the way there. For a more scenic route, you can twist and turn along Alberta 762 to Millarville to meet the Cowboy Trail.
When you get to Turner Valley, you'll probably be thirsty. Stop in at Eau Claire Distillery, Fahr Brewery, or the Woodstock Hotel to make sure you stay hydrated.
Just down the road, stop and take a stroll through Black Diamond. Offering an eclectic shopping experience, art galleries, a brewery, and this cool little town also offers a town wide historical plaque tour.
When departing Bar U Ranch you can choose one of two routes to get to our next destination. It's a shorter ride across highway 540, however the extra 15 minutes down and across highway 533 offers some pretty nice views and riding.
No matter how you get to Nanton, your next stop is The Bomber Command Museum.
Honouring those who served with Bomber Command during WWII, you can arrange for a guided tour or walk through the museum at your own pace. You'll learn about the people and planes of Bomber Command through the incredible collection of artifacts, archives, videos, simulators, and interpretive displays.
Be sure to check their website for guided tours or features that need to be booked ahead of time. You don't want to miss out!
From the museum, you'll head north east towards High River. Depending on your personal gas tank, you can stop at the Hitchin Post for a bite or discover the abundance of choice that awaits in Okotoks.