Alberta Road Trip: Art and Archives in Rocky Mountain House 

By Allison Bench

Alberta is a province rich with road trip destinations. Whether you’re heading to a large city or a small town, you’ll always find culture, food and activities that are worth the trip. This summer, go back in time exploring all that Rocky Mountain House has to offer, with its attractions and rich history. Stretch your legs on an interpretive hike at the Rocky Mountain House Historic Site for some hands-on learning. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the iconic sign on your way into town. 

Copper Creek Cafe [1]—The place to start for all the morning classics, along with homemade food like hot sandwiches and quiche. They are serious about coffee and very dog-friendly.  

Rocky Mountain House Museum [2]—Step into the shoes of the pioneers who settled here. Visit this museum featuring a 100-year-old cabin and schoolhouse.  

Riverside Park [3]—Get some fresh air at this small community park with views of the North Saskatchewan River.  

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site [4]—A variety of interpretive experiences demonstrate the town’s history. Experience Métis culture and traditions, such as fur trading, beading, fiddling and jigging. 

Brierley Rapids [5]—Perfect for wave-watching or something more active. Canoers, kayakers and rafters make good use of this popular spot. 

Restaurant Nineteen [6]—The restaurant at Pine Hills Golf Club has lots to choose from, but regulars swear by the Buffalo Chicken Poutine.  

Crimson Lake Provincial Park [7]—With 10 kilometres of trails and an inviting place to swim (or fish), this is a park worth a linger—and perhaps a stay at one if its 150 campsites.