Southern Alberta Transportation

Distance to Canadian Destinations*

City km miles
Lethbridge, AB 100 62
Calgary, AB 213 132
Medicine Hat, AB 267 166
Edmonton, AB 507 315
Fort McMurray, AB 951 591
Regina, SK 730 454
Saskatoon, SK 758 471
Vancouver, BC 1177 731

Distance to U.S. Destinations

City km miles
Carway, MT (U.S. border) 68 42
Great Falls, MT 362 225
Spokane, WA 515 320
Seattle, WA 962 598
Denver, CO 1605 997
Los Angles, CA 2314 1438
Houston, TX 3258 2024
* From Town of Pincher Creek – approximate geographic centre of Alberta SouthWest.

Alberta SouthWest communities and economies benefit from transportation accessibility:
  • The Region lies between a Calgary marketplace of 1.3 million people (1 to 2 hour drive) and a Lethbridge marketplace of 87,000 (30 minute to 1 hour drive). These urban markets generate significant export activity. The agricultural community in southern Alberta also generates significant trade and export activity.
  • A significant portion of the Region – from Stavely to Cardston, is intersected by Highway 2 – the 6,000 km CANAMEX free trade corridor that extends from Northern Canada to Mexico.
  • A significant portion of the Region – from Fort Macleod to Crowsnest Pass, is intersected by Highway 3 – a 1167 km southern trade route that extends from Hope, B.C. (Vancouver) to Medicine Hat.
  • The Calgary Region (population 1.3 million), which is easily accessed by products and/or services originating in Alberta SouthWest, has advanced transportation and trade infrastructure and serves as a transportation hub for much of central and western Canada.
    • Canada’s fourth busiest airport, the Calgary International Airport is a major cargo hub with extensive cargo facilities, and is one of only three airports in Canada with direct flights to both Asia and Europe.
    • The Calgary Region is a major rail freight hub. Rail service is provide by both of Canada’s major railways (CP and CN), offering cargo access to markets in North America and abroad through the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.