Episode 1: South West Alberta

Our first episode finds us riding the south west part of Alberta which borders Montana on the south and British Columbia to the west.

We started out leaving Calgary south to the 2A highway with a destination of the Waterton Lake National Park area.

This ride is a favorite for motorcyclists because of the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains, the rolling foothills and great paved roads. We spent quite a number of days motorcycling around this area as it is expansive with lots to see.

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Two Passionate Motorcyclists Riding 40,000km of Paved Blacktop in Alberta

Episode 2: Calgary Ride For Dad

The first Ride For Dad was organized by Garry Janz in Ottawa in 2000, where 80 motorcyclists raised over $20,000 dollars. Today thousands are involved and over the course of 12 years the motorcycle Ride for dad has raised over $9,000,000 nationally. The Calgary Ride for Dad 2012 raised over $150,000 and had over 400 motorcycles participate. We were grateful and honoured to have an inside look at how the Calgary ride came together.

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Episode 3: East Central Alberta

Leaving Lacombe Alberta, we head east through rolling hills and ranch country.

Through Stettler and then south entering the Red Deer River valley, descending into Drumheller and the Badlands of Alberta.

It’s as if we entered into another world.

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Episode 4: North West Alberta

From Edmonton, we went North through Westlock where we interviewed the founder of Lehman Trikes, then continued North to Slave Lake, West to Grande Prairie, south through Grande Cache to Jasper, then along the Columbia Icefields to Saskatchewan Crossing. Then following the David Thompson Hwy, North and East to Red Deer and returning to Calgary.

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Episode 5: Beautiful Wilderness of NE Alberta

From St.Albert, we went North to Legal then west through Red Water and Bonnyville to Cold Lake.

Then west to Lac La Biche and then North to Fort McMurray oil sands camping in Alberta’s only motorcycle campground.

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Episode 6: South West Alberta Highwood Pass

The Highwood Pass is a mountain pass in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. It lies west of Mount Rae and Mount Arethusa of the Misty Range, south of the Elbow Pass. It lies within the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and the Highwood River originates in the pass. Kananaskis Trail runs through it, and offers access to a multitude of camping grounds and recreational areas. It is the highest paved road in Canada at 2206 meters or 7239ft and for this episode, 40 other riders joined us.

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We teamed up with Blue Circle Insurance to turn our motorcycle tv show into a 2013 ride event. Check out our Best Rides Best Burgers map for all the details and get involved. You could win a chance to be on our show and have all your gas and fuel paid for… courtesy of Blue Circle Insurance.

The focus of our motorcycle TV show is to ride some of Alberta’s less traveled roads and with 40,000km of paved blacktop in the province we had no trouble finding some of them and wow did we have fun.

Early in 2012 we were planning our motorcycle rides for the year. Between us we decided to spend the year riding in our home province of Alberta. What a novel idea we thought. There is much we have yet to see close to home. We proposed an idea to Shaw TV in Calgary to film a six episode series of motorcycling in Alberta to be shown on local TV. They loved the idea and thought it was a great way to promote riding in Alberta. So we spent the whole summer riding, filming, meeting folks and just basically having fun doing what we love; riding our motorcycles.

Season 2

We continued riding and filming through 2013 and have more trips planned for 2014.

Watch season 2 of On the Backroads, featuring our rides down the baja to Cabo San Lucas, our rides around Mexico and our trip up to Alaska and Sturgis.