Alberta Highway 1
Highway 1 highlighted in red
|Length:||534 km (332 mi)|
|Existed:||1941 – present|
|West end:||BC 1 at BC border|
|East end:||Hwy 1 at SK border|
|I.D. No. 9, Bighorn No. 8 M.D., Kananaskis I.D., Rocky View County, Wheatland County, Newell County, Cypress County|
|Major cities:||Calgary, Brooks, Chestermere, Medicine Hat|
|Towns:||Banff, Canmore, Strathmore, Bassano, Redcliff|
National Highway System
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 1, commonly referred to as Highway 1, is a major east-west highway in southern Alberta, Canada that forms a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway. It runs from the British Columbia border near Lake Louise through Calgary to the Saskatchewan border east of Medicine Hat. It spans approximately 534 km (332 mi) from Alberta's border with British Columbia in the west to its border with Saskatchewan in the east. The route is a divided expressway throughout the province with the exception of a section in central Calgary where it is an arterial thoroughfare. Twinning of the final 8.5 km (5.3 mi) of Highway 1 between Lake Louise and the British Columbia border was completed by Parks Canada and opened to traffic on June 12, 2014.
British Columbia Highway 1 becomes Alberta Highway 1 as it crosses Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta. It generally travels in a southeast direction along the Bow River through Banff National Park (Improvement District No. 9), passing by the Hamlet of Lake Louise and the Town of Banff. The segment of Highway 1 through the national park is maintained by the Government of Canada.
Upon exiting Banff National Park, Highway 1 is maintained by Alberta Transportation for 91 km (57 mi) until it reaches Calgary. This segment of the highway generally travels in an east direction through the rural municipalities of the Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8 and Rocky View County. It also briefly crosses a portion of Kananaskis Improvement District. For urban communities, this segment passes by the Hamlet of Harvie Heights, through the Town of Canmore, and by the hamlets of Dead Man's Flats and Lac des Arcs. Highway 1A, the original Highway 1 from Canmore to Calgary, is an alternate route to this segment of Highway 1, providing access to the Hamlet of Exshaw, the Summer Village of Ghost Lake, and the Town of Cochrane.
In Calgary, Highway 1 is follows 16 Avenue N and maintained by the City of Calgary. Certain stretches of 16 Avenue N function as either a freeway or an expressway, while other stretches function as an urban arterial road, particularly between Bow River and Bowness Road and between Crowchild Trail and Deerfoot Trail where there are numerous at-grade intersections. As a result, speed limits on 16 Avenue N drop as low as 50 km/h (31 mph). The recently completed northwest and northeast legs of Stoney Trail (Highway 201) provide an alternate higher speed route across the city. The length of Highway 1 within Calgary is 27 km (17 mi).
Calgary to Saskatchewan border
Upon exiting Calgary, Highway 1 is maintained by Alberta Transportation for 273 km (170 mi) until it reaches the City of Medicine Hat. This segment of the highway generally travels in a southeast direction through the rural municipalities of Rocky View County, Wheatland County, the County of Newell, and Cypress County. For urban communities, this segment passes through the City of Chestermere and the Town of Strathmore, by the Town of Bassano, the City of Brooks, and the Hamlet of Suffield, and through the Town of Redcliff. Chestermere Boulevard (formerly Highway 1A), the original Highway 1 from Calgary to Chestermere, is an alternate route to initial portion of this segment of Highway 1.
Within the City of Medicine Hat, Highway 1 is named Trans Canada Highway and maintained by Alberta Transportation. Stretches of the highway function as a freeway, while stretches between the South Saskatchewan River and Seven Persons Creek function as an urban arterial road. One at-grade intersection exists beyond 13 Avenue SE at Dunmore Road/South Boundary Road before exiting the city. The length of Highway 1 within Medicine Hat is 13 km (8.1 mi). East of Medicine Hat, Highway 1 is maintained by Alberta Transportation for 48 km (30 mi) until it enters the Province of Saskatchewan, continuing as Saskatchewan Highway 1. This segment of the highway generally travels in an east direction through Cypress County. For urban communities, this segment passes through the Hamlet of Dunmore and by the hamlets of Irvine and Walsh.
Parks Canada completed twinning the final 8.5 km (5.3 mi) of Highway 1 between Lake Louise and the British Columbia border in 2014, with the new alignment opened to traffic on June 12 of that year.
Planning is underway to realign Highway 1 around the Town of Strathmore. Strathmore is the only low-speed signalized section of the highway between Calgary and Saskatchewan without a bypass plan. The route under consideration for the realignment begins northwest of Gleichen, continuing west to run south of Eagle Lake and then continuing northwest where it will rejoin the existing alignment near Cheadle, between Highway 24 and Strathmore. The proposed plan also contemplates a link to the Highway 22X corridor.
Construction of an interchange at Dunmore Road / South Boundary Road in Medicine Hat started in the fall of 2012, with completion by the spring of 2014.
|Continues as BC 1 west (Trans-Canada Highway) – Yoho National Park, Field, Golden, Kamloops|
|I.D. No. 9
(Banff National Park)
|||0||0.0||Alberta – British Columbia border • West end of Banff National Park
Kicking Horse Pass – el. 1,627 m (5,338 ft)
|||6||3.7||Crosses the Bow River|
|||7||4.3||Hwy 93 north (Icefields Parkway) – Jasper, Rocky Mountain House||Interchange
West end of Hwy 93 concurrency.
|Lake Louise||10||6.2||Hwy 1A east (Bow Valley Parkway) / Lake Louise Drive west||Interchange|
|||12||7.5||Crosses the Bow River|
|Castle Junction||35||22||Hwy 93 south to Hwy 1A – Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs||Interchange
East end of Hwy 93 concurrency.
|||56||35||Sunshine Road – Sunshine Village||Interchange|
|||59||37||Crosses the Bow River|
|||59||37||Hwy 1A west (Bow Valley Parkway)||Interchange|
|Banff||65||40||Mount Norquay Road||Interchange|
|||81||50||East gate of Banff National Park|
|M.D. of Bighorn No. 8||Harvie Heights||83||52||83||Harvie Heights Road||Interchange; no eastbound entrance|
|Canmore||86||53||86||Bow Valley Trail – Harvie Heights||Interchange|
|86||53||Mountain Avenue||Eastbound exit and entrance.|
|89||55||89||Palliser Trail – Town Centre||Interchange|
|91||57||91||Bow Valley Trail (Hwy 1A east) – Exshaw, Cochrane||Interchange|
|92||57||Crosses the Bow River|
|93||58||93||Three Sisters Parkway (Hwy 742 south)||Interchange|
|Dead Man's Flats||98||61||98||George Biggy Sr. Road||Interchange|
|||105||65||105||Lac Des Arcs||Interchange|
|Kananaskis I.D.||||114||71||114||Hwy 1X north – Exshaw||Interchange|
|↑ / ↓||||115||71||Crosses the Kananaskis River|
|Stoney I.R. Nos. 142, 143, and 144||||118||73||118||Hwy 40 south – Kananaskis Country, Kananaskis Village||Interchange|
|||137||85||137||Bear Hill Road||Interchange|
|Rocky View County||||143||89||143||Hwy 68 south (Sibbald Creek Trail)||Interchange|
|||156||97||156||Jumping Pound Road||Interchange|
|||161||100||161||Hwy 22 – Cochrane, Bragg Creek||Interchange|
|Springbank||169||105||169||Range Road 33 – Calaway Park||Interchange|
|||172||107||172||Old Banff Coach Road (Hwy 563 east)||Interchange|
|City of Calgary||176||109||Valley Ridge Boulevard / Crestmont Boulevard||Interchange|
|177||110||177||Stoney Trail (Hwy 201 north) – Edmonton, Medicine Hat||Interchange; Hwy 201 exit 36|
|179||111||Canada Olympic Drive / Bowfort Road – Canada Olympic Park||Interchange under construction|
|180||110||Sarcee Trail (to Hwy 2 south)||Interchange|
|181||112||Crosses the Bow River|
|183||114||Shaganappi Trail / Memorial Drive / Bowness Road||Interchange|
|183.5||114.0||West Campus Boulevard – Alberta Children's Hospital||Interchange|
|184||114||29 Street NW / Uxbridge Drive – Foothills Medical Centre|
|185||115||University Drive to Crowchild Trail south – McMahon Stadium, University of Calgary||Interchange|
|186||116||Banff Trail to Crowchild Trail north (Hwy 1A west)|
|187||116||14 Street NW – City Centre|
|189.5||117.7||Centre Street N|
|192||119||Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2) – Airport, Red Deer, Fort Macleod||Hwy 2 exit 258|
|195||121||36 Street NE||Interchange|
|197||122||52 Street NE||Interchange|
|199||124||68 Street NE|
|200||120||Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) – Edmonton, Lethbridge, Banff||Interchange; Hwy 201 exit 78|
|Rocky View County||||202||126||Garden Road (100 Street NE)||Traffic signals|
|City of Chestermere||208||129||Chestermere Boulevard||Interchange; former Hwy 1A|
|Rocky View County||||212||132||Hwy 791 (Range Road 280) – Indus|
|||219||136||Hwy 9 north / Hwy 797 south – Langdon, Drumheller, Saskatoon||Interchange|
|Wheatland County||||228||142||Hwy 24 south – Cheadle, Lethbridge|
|Strathmore||238||148||Hwy 817 (Wheatland Trail) – Carseland|
|||248||154||Hwy 21 north – Rockyford, Three Hills, Drumheller|
|||260||160||Hwy 561 east – Standard, Hussar, Rosebud|
|Gleichen||278||173||Hwy 547 south – Siksika Nation, Arrowwood|
|282||175||Hwy 901 west – Siksika Nation|
|||292||181||Hwy 842 – Chancellor, Cluny, Milo|
|||308||191||Hwy 56 north – Hussar, Drumheller|
|Newell County||Bassano||324||201||11th Street||Eastbound exit only|
|||330||210||Hwy 550 east / Township Road 212 west – Rosemary, Bassano|
|||364||226||Hwy 36 – Hanna, Vauxhall, Taber|
|Brooks||373||232||2nd Street W (Hwy 873) – Duchess||Interchange|
|376||234||Cassils Road (Hwy 542 west)||Interchange|
|||385||239||Hwy 875 south – Rolling Hills|
|||394||245||Hwy 876 – Tilley, Patricia|
|Cypress County||Suffield||439||273||Hwy 884 north – CFB Suffield, Ralston, Jenner|
|||465||289||Hwy 524 west – Hays, Rolling Hills|
|City of Medicine Hat||476||296||Box Springs Road||Interchange|
|477||296||3 Street NW||Interchange|
|478||297||Crosses the South Saskatchewan River|
|478||297||1 Street SW||At-grade; uncontrolled
|479||298||6 Street SW / 7 Street SW||Traffic signals
Proposed intersection closure
|480||300||Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3 west) / Gershaw Drive (Hwy 41A east) – City Centre, Lethbridge||Interchange|
|481||299||16 Street SW||Traffic signals
Proposed intersection closure
|482||300||College Avenue / South Ridge Drive||Interchange|
|483||300||13 Avenue SE||Interchange|
|485||301||Dunmore Road / South Boundary Road||Interchange|
|Cypress County||Dunmore||492||306||Eagle Butte Road|
|||494||307||Hwy 41 north / Township Road 120 – Oyen||West end of Hwy 41 concurrency.|
|||510||320||Hwy 41 south – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Elkwater, Havre||East end of Hwy 41 concurrency.|
|||534||332||Alberta – Saskatchewan border|
|Continues as Hwy 1 east (Trans-Canada Highway) – Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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BC Highway 1
SK Highway 1