A sunny morning in late September. The leaves are turning and it's time for a road trip through the foothills west of Calgary, Alberta.
We start in Bearspaw, a rural suburb of Calgary.
The area is home to small ranches and acreage homes.
Highway 22 leads towards the front range of the Canadian Rockies.
On our way, we pass through the TsuuT'Ina reserve.
The Tsuu T'Ina own and manage many local business including this highly regarded golf club.
We head south past the Banded Peak School operated by Rocky View County.
The route is popular with cyclists.
The area is home to many small farms.
We emerge from the foothills into the village of Turner Valley, where oil was discovered in 1914.
There are some spectacular home sites on the way south to Longview.
One of the local classic car clubs cleans up the verges of a stretch of road leading into Longview.
The tiny village of Longview seen from the east earlier in the year.
Oil pump jacks dot the landscape.
Highway 40 leads west out of Longview into the Kananaskis range of the Canadian Rockies. We are going to drive west and then north over the Highwood Pass into Kananaskis Provincial Park before we return to Bearspaw.
The Highwood Pass is the highest paved road in Canada.
Kananaskis Provincial Park was developed in the 1980s with the aim of providing recreational facilities for Alberta residents. Most foreign tourists bypass the park in favour of Banff and Jasper national parks.
Returning to Bearspaw, where we find the leaves are already falling. Winter is coming.
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