Road Trips: History

For those who like road trip destinations straight out of a history textbook.

Photo supplied by Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

If you’re the type of road tripper constantly looking for historical plaques giving you more information about every building or landmark you pass, these destinations are guaranteed to thrill.

SCANDINAVIAN TRAIL (1888)

Trace the roots of Icelandic and Danish settlers through four historic stops in Red Deer County.

FRANK SLIDE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE (1903)

Get a glimpse into the cause of and the devastation caused by 82 million tonnes of rock that fell from Turtle Mountain onto the town of Frank, Alta., in the Crowsnest Pass.

BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM OF CANADA (1945)

The Lancaster FM159 bombers tower over Nanton, Alta., as a tribute to the men and women who served in the Allied Forces’ Bomber Command during the Second World War.

DUNVEGAN BRIDGE (1960)

At 750 metres long, this bridge near Fairview spanning the Peace River is the only vehicle suspension bridge in Alberta. Dunvegan Provincial Park is nearby, with a boat launch, a campground and Historic Dunvegan.

NIKKA YUKO JAPANESE GARDEN (1967)

Located in Lethbridge, this garden was established in 1967 as part of Canada’s centennial celebrations, and stays true to Japanese garden design philosophy, interpreting nature through abstract and artistic symbolism.

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