Ecotour Scenic Drive – West Block

Grasslands National Park

The Ecotour Scenic Drive features stunning landscapes, rich history, and active conservation. This 20 km self-guided driving tour through the Frenchman River Valley in the park's West Block usually takes about 2 hours. Information panels along Ecotour Road provide interpretation of the prairie landscape. Enjoy our walking and hiking trails or have a picnic at one of the day use areas along the way! Pick up a self-guided brochure from the Visitor Centre, and embark on your tour through the West Block to view rare wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

Your Ecotour experience

Time Required: 1 to 3 hours

Length of Tour: 20 km (approximately 80 km round-trip to Val Marie)

Be Prepared

Make sure you have enough fuel in the vehicle to complete the 80 km round-trip. If you are planning on exploring away from the interpretive Stops, please be conscious of your surroundings. As there are rattlesnakes in the park, sturdy ankle-high footwear and snake gaiters are recommended. Keep your distance from all wildlife so as not to disturb them, as well as for your own safety. Maintain 100m distance from bison (length of a football field). Vehicles must stay on public roads and designated pulloffs. Remember to wear insect repellent containing DEET to prevent bites from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. If you come across artifacts or rare plants, please leave them where you found them. Remember, this is a national park, so it is unlawful to remove or disturb any item found here. Take only photographs, leave only footprints!

Enjoy your Ecotour Adventure!

Dogs are not permitted on prairie dog colonies and must be on a leash at all times.

Plains bison in September, in Grasslands National Park.
Highlights of the Ecotour driving tour:
  • Prairie Dog colonies
  • Bison sightings
  • Wildlife watching
  • Walking and hiking trails
  • Exploring archaeological sites
  • Viewing historical homesteading and ranching sites
  • Stunning views of the coulees, buttes and Frenchman River Valley
  • Discover the flora that make up the grasslands

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