Crowchild Trail

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Highway 1A shield

Crowchild Trail
Crowchild Trail highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by City of Calgary
Length: 22.0 km[1] (13.7 mi)
Major junctions
South end: Linden Drive SW
  Glenmore Trail
Bow Trail
Memorial Drive
Alberta Highway 1.svg 16 Avenue NW
Shaganappi Trail
Alberta Highway 201.svg Stoney Trail
North end: Twelve Mile Coulee Road
Major cities: Calgary
Highway system
Provincial highways in Alberta

Crowchild Trail is a major expressway in west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The segment from 12 Mile Coulee Road to 16 Avenue NE (Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 1) is designated as Highway 1A by Alberta Transportation.

Route description[edit]

Crowchild Trail's south terminus is located at North Glenmore Park as a minor arterial road. Exiting northbound from the park the road intersects several residential streets within the communities of Lakeview and North Glenmore Park, and several residential dwellings are located on the Trail itself. Continuing northward, its first major intersection is with Glenmore Trail at an interchange that was built in 1981, which is the point at which Crowchild becomes an freeway. After an interchange was completed at 50th Avenue SW in 2003, Crowchild Trail became a true freeway from Glenmore Trail to Kensington Road NW, with overpasses at Flanders Avenue SW, 33 Avenue SW and 17 Avenue SW and interchange intersections with 10 Avenue SW, Bow Trail and Memorial Drive. The speed limit on the freeway sections are 80 km/h (50 mph).

Traffic slows immediately north of the Bow River (dropping to a principal arterial with a 60 km/h (37 mph) limit), with signal-controlled intersections at Kensington Road NW and 5th Avenue NW, and heavy use by football fans and transit users at McMahon Stadium and students of the University of Calgary. After 24 Avenue NW the road veers northwest, and once again becomes an uninterrupted freeway until the Stoney Trail ring road. As of 2012, the interchange was completed at Stoney Trail, which makes Crowchild Trail a freeway nearly to the city limits, at which point (following a signalized intersection with Twelve Mile Coulee Road), Crowchild Trail continues as Bow Valley Trail, eventually linking to the towns of Cochrane and Canmore.


Part of this road was the Morley Trail when it was an actual trail. It was first paved in the 1930s. It then became the main highway to Banff and was the home of Eamon's Bungalow Camp and service station. When the Trans-Canada Highway was created it dropped in importance.[2]

The road was originally signed as 24 Street SW from North Glenmore Park to the Bow River, 24th Street NW from the Bow River to the intersection with 16 Avenue NW, and Highway 1A from 16 Avenue NW to the city limits. In March 1971, it was renamed Crowchild Trail in honour of David Crowchild, Chief of the Tsuu T'ina Nation from 1946 to 1953.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

From south to north, the following intersections are observed along Crowchild Trail.[4] The entire route is in Calgary. All exits are unnumbered.

km[1] mi Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 Linden Drive / North Glenmore Park Starts north of Glenmore Reservoir as a minor arterial road
0.4 0.25 66 Avenue SW At grade; four-way stop
0.7 0.43 63 Avenue SW At grade; traffic signals
1.0 0.62 Glenmore Trail Diamond interchange with signalized intersections on Crowchild Trail.
Southbound to eastbound flyover.
Freeway begins
1.5 0.93 54 Avenue SW Northbound right-in/right-out
1.9 1.2 50 Avenue SW / Mount Royal Gate – Mount Royal University Partial cloverleaf interchange
2.8 1.7 Flanders Avenue / Richard Road Dogbone interchange
3.6 2.2 33 Avenue SW Diamond interchange
5.3 3.3 17 Avenue SW Partial cloverleaf interchange
5.9 3.7 Bow TrailCity Centre Interchange; no northbound to westbound exit; no eastbound to southbound entrance
6.2 3.9 12 Avenue SW (via 10 Avenue SW) Southbound exit, northbound entrance
6.4 4.0 Crowchild Trail Bridge across Bow River
6.7 4.2 Memorial Drive Interchange
7.1 4.4 Freeway ends, expressway begins
Kensington Road At grade; traffic signals
7.3 4.5 2 Avenue SW Northbound right-in/right-out
7.6 4.7 5 Avenue NW Traffic signals
8.2 5.1 University Drive to 16 Avenue NW (Hwy 1) – University of Calgary Northbound exit, southbound entrance
8.5 5.3 13 Avenue NW Southbound exit only; access to University Drive
8.7 5.4 16 Avenue NW (Hwy 1) Hwy 1A begins
Interchange; northbound exit, southbound entrance
9.1 5.7 23 Avenue NW – McMahon Stadium, Banff Trail (C-Train) At grade, traffic signals; access to Banff Trail
9.3 5.8 Banff Trail At grade; no access to southbound Banff Trail (business access only)
9.5 5.9 24 Avenue NW – University of Calgary At grade; traffic signals; C-Train enters median
Crowchild Trail turns northwest.
Freeway begins
10.2 6.3 Passes University (C-Train)
10.6 6.6 Charleswood Drive / 32 Avenue NW – University of Calgary Partial cloverleaf interchange
11.0 6.8 Shopping Centre Access (Brentwood Road) Westbound exit only
11.2 7.0 Passes Brentwood (C-Train)
11.5 7.1 Brisebois Drive / 40 Avenue NW – Brentwood park and ride Partial cloverleaf interchange
12.3 7.6 Northland Drive Diamond interchange
13.0 8.1 Shaganappi Trail Split diamond interchange
13.9 8.6 Passes Dalhousie (C-Train)
14.3 8.9 53 Street NW – Dalhousie park and ride Diamond interchange
15.4 9.6 Sarcee Trail / Silver Springs Gate Partial cloverleaf interchange
17.4 10.8 Nose Hill Drive Diamond interchange
18.0 11.2 Passes Crowfoot (C-Train)
Crowfoot Parade – Crowfoot park and ride Diamond interchange; use Nose Hill Drive exit ramp.
18.2 11.3 Crowfoot Rise Westbound right-in/right out; use Nose Hill Drive exit ramp.
19.6 12.2 Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) Cloverstack interchange (Hwy 201 Exit 41)
20.3 12.6 Passes Tuscany (C-Train)
22.0 13.7 Freeway ends
12 Mile Coulee Road At grade, traffic signals
Continues as Hwy 1A west (Bow Valley Trail) – Cochrane, Canmore


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Google (January 11, 2017). "Crowchild Trail in Calgary, Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Historic Eamon's gas station to be saved". May 7, 2012. Archived from the original on March 21, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Finch, David (October 29, 2013). "Native leader set trail for his people". Calgary Herald. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sherlock's Map of Calgary (16th ed.). Langdon, Alberta: Sherlock Publishing Ltd. 2014. pp. 7, 8, 17, 18, 26, 34, 40. ISBN 1-895229-80-4.