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    I'll be heading out on a trip to Drumheller towing my travel trailer and I'm just wondering if anyone's been out there, and what the highway conditions are like. We've got some pretty rough secondary highways and I'd like to avoid those if at all possible and find some nicer smoother highways to take. I'm also going to avoid taking highway 2 south because the limit is 110km/h, and my trailer tires are rated for 100. Plus, it's 8ft wide and 11ft tall, like pulling a sail lol

    Any advice or recommendations? And anyone been out there lately and know of any long construction stretches to avoid as well?
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    If you want to avoid the QE2:
    Take Hwy 14 SE out of Edmonton
    Turn south on Hwy 21
    Turn east on Hwy 12 to Stettler
    Turn south on Hwy 56 to Drumheller

    Is it nice? Hard to say. I think all routes from Edmonton to Drumheller will look more or less the same, so that's a wash.

    This map shows a slightly different route, with the EB turn on Hwy 53 at Bashaw

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    Thanks, yes that's the route google maps gave me as well. I'm hoping someone chimes in on the conditions of these roads. 28 north towards Redwater is really bad with all the construction, and north of RW there are some really bad spots as well that I now know of and avoid. My trailer's over 5000lbs, and I'm pulling with an F-150 so no issues usually, but I still like to avoid the rough patches if I can.

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    I haven't done the run this year, but I took SDMs posted route (not the map version) last summer in my car that loathes rough roads & had zero problems.
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    I think the only nicer way is to go on some of the roads west of Edmonton which are quite pretty (but a much longer trip). Otherwise, the QEII isn't that much worse than on the small roads to the east, and is a lot faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahunter View Post
    Otherwise, the QEII isn't that much worse than on the small roads to the east, and is a lot faster.
    Nope. Camrose/Stettler is faster.

    Source: Experience, backed up by SDMs picture above & a 10 second Google Maps search to confirm it.
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    Cool, I'll stick to that route unless I hear anything bad from someone that's been out that way recently. Thanks guys!

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    Check http://511.alberta.ca/ before going to get construction / road updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    If you want to avoid the QE2:
    Take Hwy 14 SE out of Edmonton
    Turn south on Hwy 21
    Turn east on Hwy 12 to Stettler
    Turn south on Hwy 56 to Drumheller

    Is it nice? Hard to say. I think all routes from Edmonton to Drumheller will look more or less the same, so that's a wash.

    This map shows a slightly different route, with the EB turn on Hwy 53 at Bashaw
    Just to chime in here the route through Donalda is much nicer as this takes you threw the northern segment of the Badlands. Donalda is a nice town, Stettler is, Big Knife provincial park is also a nice park and place to camp if people want to stop a night enroute. I've been on 56 all the way from Camrose to Stettler and its fine road, just that all the way from Edmonton region on its going to be 2 lane road with precious few passing lanes in there. Also a few idiots that pass dangerously in that whole region. But the road was fine. For sure its a more enjoyable ride than the Deplorable Highway 2. I wouldn't take the route anytime at rush hour though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    If you want to avoid the QE2:
    Take Hwy 14 SE out of Edmonton
    Turn south on Hwy 21
    Turn east on Hwy 12 to Stettler
    Turn south on Hwy 56 to Drumheller

    Is it nice? Hard to say. I think all routes from Edmonton to Drumheller will look more or less the same, so that's a wash.

    This map shows a slightly different route, with the EB turn on Hwy 53 at Bashaw
    Just to chime in here the route through Donalda is much nicer as this takes you threw the northern segment of the Badlands. Donalda is a nice town, Stettler is, Big Knife provincial park is also a nice park and place to camp if people want to stop a night enroute. I've been on 56 all the way from Camrose to Stettler and its fine road, just that all the way from Edmonton region on its going to be 2 lane road with precious few passing lanes in there. Also a few idiots that pass dangerously in that whole region. But the road was fine. For sure its a more enjoyable ride than the Deplorable Highway 2. I wouldn't take the route anytime at rush hour though.
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    I know a couple who lived in Drumheller for 10 years.

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    They must of had a crappy car.

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    Alkeli, I took the route SDM posted on Sunday and there were no issues at all. Btw, if you want to visit the Tyrell museum, try to go after 5. It's open until 9pm, and the place is almost completely empty after 5:30 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    If you want to avoid the QE2:
    Take Hwy 14 SE out of Edmonton
    Turn south on Hwy 21
    Turn east on Hwy 12 to Stettler
    Turn south on Hwy 56 to Drumheller

    Is it nice? Hard to say. I think all routes from Edmonton to Drumheller will look more or less the same, so that's a wash.

    This map shows a slightly different route, with the EB turn on Hwy 53 at Bashaw
    Just to chime in here the route through Donalda is much nicer as this takes you threw the northern segment of the Badlands. Donalda is a nice town, Stettler is, Big Knife provincial park is also a nice park and place to camp if people want to stop a night enroute. I've been on 56 all the way from Camrose to Stettler and its fine road, just that all the way from Edmonton region on its going to be 2 lane road with precious few passing lanes in there. Also a few idiots that pass dangerously in that whole region. But the road was fine. For sure its a more enjoyable ride than the Deplorable Highway 2. I wouldn't take the route anytime at rush hour though.
    Thanks, but we'd be turning south before Donalda. Don't plan on visiting things along the way, just want to get there. We'll be spending 4 days there and exploring, cycling etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Lacey View Post
    Alkeli, I took the route SDM posted on Sunday and there were no issues at all. Btw, if you want to visit the Tyrell museum, try to go after 5. It's open until 9pm, and the place is almost completely empty after 5:30 or so.
    Great news, thanks for the info and tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alkeli View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    If you want to avoid the QE2:
    Take Hwy 14 SE out of Edmonton
    Turn south on Hwy 21
    Turn east on Hwy 12 to Stettler
    Turn south on Hwy 56 to Drumheller

    Is it nice? Hard to say. I think all routes from Edmonton to Drumheller will look more or less the same, so that's a wash.

    This map shows a slightly different route, with the EB turn on Hwy 53 at Bashaw
    Just to chime in here the route through Donalda is much nicer as this takes you threw the northern segment of the Badlands. Donalda is a nice town, Stettler is, Big Knife provincial park is also a nice park and place to camp if people want to stop a night enroute. I've been on 56 all the way from Camrose to Stettler and its fine road, just that all the way from Edmonton region on its going to be 2 lane road with precious few passing lanes in there. Also a few idiots that pass dangerously in that whole region. But the road was fine. For sure its a more enjoyable ride than the Deplorable Highway 2. I wouldn't take the route anytime at rush hour though.
    Thanks, but we'd be turning south before Donalda. Don't plan on visiting things along the way, just want to get there. We'll be spending 4 days there and exploring, cycling etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Lacey View Post
    Alkeli, I took the route SDM posted on Sunday and there were no issues at all. Btw, if you want to visit the Tyrell museum, try to go after 5. It's open until 9pm, and the place is almost completely empty after 5:30 or so.
    Great news, thanks for the info and tips!
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    So the drive was pretty good on the map route posted above by Sonic Death Monkey. There were a few rough spots, mainly train tracks and bridges. But for the most part it was good, and I'd recommend it for anyone heading out that way and pulling a heavy camper. Only downsides were driving right through Camrose and Stettler.

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    56 to drumheller is just fine, drove it last summer and is quite pretty south of stettler. on the way back I like to take 838 west from the tyrell (north dinosaur trail) to the ferry crossing across the red deer river, then north on 837 to highway 27 west, then north again on 836 till you get to 583 west. that takes you to three hills. all great scenery. From three hills you can take 21 north or a short jog south to 582 west to didsbury.

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    A trip to Drumheller isn't complete without a stop at Horseshoe Canyon IMHO, so I usually take the highway 2, 42, 21, 9 route. 838 to the ferry is nice for the way back (and avoids backtracking through town from the museum). Just make sure it is actually running if you are like me and prefer to go to Drumheller on the first reasonably warm weekend in spring rather than mid-summer when it gets way too hot.

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