We will be driving from Drumheller to Waterton Lakes in one day in early/mid June. (We will have done Brooks and Dinosaur PP on the way to Drumheller and will be doing the dinosaur and hoodoo trails while we are there.) After Waterton Lakes we then head for Crowsnest Pass via Pincher Creek.
I am trying to decide what is the best route between Brooks and Waterton.
Straight driving, direct route with no stops - how long will the journey take us?
Having found that out, gives me some idea of how much time we have for stops on the way. We have a 2WD hire car so need to bear in mind what the roads are like - no very rough surfaces which could damage the car.
We are quite happy to get off the direct tourist route and to take our time driving. We like to have plenty of breaks with time to stop and stare. We like scenery and would welcome a chance to stretch our legs. We are also interested in history and archaeology. We are not bothered about a stop for lunch. And definitely NO SHOPPING OR HIGH ENERGY ACTIVITIES!
What route would people recommend and what about stops?
I have been reading about Writing on Stone PP. I know this is the long way round - but is it too far? How long would it take to drive from Drumheller to Writing on Stone and then to Waterton Lakes? This would mean taking Highway 501. Is this a reasonable road to drive in 2WD or is it not recommended?