Newly paved in 2008. Only ridden East to West. East side much more fun as things start to level out as you approach New Denver. Very little traffic except for fellow riders. Great fun!
A very fast, wide open ride from SRC to Rocky Mountain House. Road surface is flawless and conducive to +160kph speeds. Very little traffic but be prepared for Big Horn Sheep on the roadway on blind sweeping turns. Abraham Lake has that brilliant blue colour from glacial silt.
More of a scenery route. Heavily traveled during the summer months. The retreating Columbia Glacier is the main thing. Lots of wildlife and camera snappers. Best part is immediately north of Saskatchewan River Crossing to the Icefields. High mountain roads so be prepared. Heated vests recommended. Only one fuel stop between Jasper and Lake Louise.
Another high speed, +140 kph route (radar detectors are legal). Virtually untouched, virgin foothill territory save for the highway that runs through the middle. Long sweeping corners. Spectacular scenery. One of my favourites. Can be quite windy at times.
Very much a +140 kph speed route. A radar detector (Legal to use in Alberta and British Columbia) is a must have if your going to do this at high speed. Considerable traffic in the summer months but lots of opportunity to pass. Watch for Bears and Deer. Great visibility and relatively safe at high speeds. Ditches are wide and clear.