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Not all roads are created equal. With this in mind, let’s head to Kananaskis Country, home to some of the greatest, wildest drives in Canada. It’s only an hour west of Calgary, but in Kananaskis, you enter another world. This is a place where civilization, as you may know it, disappears. Massive granite walls rise around you like the ramparts of a gigantic dream castle, the air is scented with pine, and the reception bars on your cellphone wink out, one by one. You are officially on your own.

The Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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Big horn sheep along teh Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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Road sign warning of wildlife along the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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A grizzly bear display in the Peter Lougheed Park Visitor Reception Centre in Alberta

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Gravel road along the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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Steven Dodge and his Toyota near Peter Lougheed Park in Alberta

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Beautiful scenery along the Kananaskis range in Alberta

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Driving a Ford F-150 along the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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A rare sighting of another vehicle near the Kananaskis Range in Alberta

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A road sign along the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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Driving a Ford F-150 along the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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Driving the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

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