When driving an RV, knowing the major routes is key to a quick, less stressful drive. Calgary is broken up by quadrant – Northeast (NE), Northwest (NW), Southeast (SE), and Southwest (SW). When getting directions, ensure you know which quadrant of the city you are going to. Getting around Calgary in an RV is easy, as we have several RV friendly routes with multiple lanes and clearly marked exits, which helps you navigate the city.
Stoney Trail (Highway 201)
Stoney Trail (Highway 201)is a 69-kilometer ring road that runs around the outside of Calgary. This road is a great option for accessing all quadrants of Calgary and is a perfect option to use when Highway 1 and 2 are congested, making your exit from the city quick and easy.
Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2)
Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2) runs through the city of Calgary and spans the entire length of the city from north to south. Deerfoot Trail is a great non-rush hour option and gets you access to all quadrants of the city. If you find yourself coming into Calgary on a weekday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Stoney Trail is a better option as the Deerfoot gets very congested during peak times.
Glenmore Trail is another freeway option that runs East-West through Calgary and is accessible by both the Deerfoot and Stoney Trail. Similar to the Deerfoot, avoid rush hour on Glenmore if possible.
16th Avenue NE & NW
16th Avenue NE & NW is another route for East-West travel. This road becomes Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) as you exit Calgary in either direction. While 16th Avenue is the most direct route, it also has many traffic lights and can add a significant amount of drive time to your trip as you enter and exit the city. On the positive side, 16th Avenue takes you through the city and offers a multitude of options should you wish to stop and explore, shop, or eat.
For information on Alberta road conditions, call 511 or 1-855-391-9743, or visit 511.alberta.ca.