West Castle Byway | Alberta, Canada
From Highway 3
From Highway 3, turn south on Secondary Highway 507 (GPS N49 33.875 W114 16.491). Continue along the paved road, across the Castle River, to the intersection with Secondary Highway 774 (GPS N49 27.931 W114 11.560). Bear south on Secondary Highway 774 and continue to road`s end at Castle Mountain Resort (GPS N49 19.382 W114 24.960).
From Pincher Creek
From the intersection of Highway 6 and Secondary Highway 507, (GPS N49 29.744 W113 56.878) drive west on Secondary Highway 507 to the intersection with Secondary Highway 774 (GPS N49 27.931 W114 11.560). Turn south on Secondary Highway 774 and continue to road`s end at Castle Mountain Resort (GPS N49 19.382 W114 24.960).
Whichever starting point you choose, consider returning via the other to enjoy the complete Burmis-West Castle tour.
Points of Interest and Highlights along the Drive
The only settlement is Beaver Mines, at the junction of Secondary Highways 507 and 774. A stop at the Beaver Mines General Store is pretty much mandatory. The road terminates at Castle Mountain Resort, a wintertime destination for skiier's seeking dramatic terrain and tranquil base facilities. In other seasons, the journey itself is the objective.
The views along the road from Burmis to the West Branch of the Castle River evoke the romantic veneration of rural life by the great landscape artists of 19th century Europe. Fields of green and gold roll across hills and valleys, many still dotted with the ruins of pioneer cabins and barns.
Starting Milemarker or Town
Highway 3 at Burmis, or Highway 507 at Pincher Creek.