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Alberta Provincial Highway No. 5, commonly referred to as Highway 5, is a 129-kilometre (80 mi) highway that connects Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta, Canada. It begins as an east–west highway in Waterton and transitions to a north–south route before ending at Crowsnest Trail (Highway 3) in Lethbridge.[2][3]

Highway 5 shieldAlberta Highway 22 Cowboy Trail shield

Highway 5
Highway 5 highlighted in red
Route information
Length129.1 km[1] (80.2 mi)
Major junctions
South endMt. View Rd in Waterton Park
North endCrowsnest Trail in Lethbridge
and rural
I.D. No. 4, Cardston County, Warner No. 5 County, Lethbridge County
Major citiesLethbridge
TownsMagrath, Cardston
Highway system
Provincial highways in Alberta
Hwy 4Hwy 6

Highway 5 is part of the Cowboy Trail between Highway 6 in Waterton Lakes National Park and Cardston.[4]

Route descriptionEdit

Highway 5 begins in the Hamlet of Waterton Park within Waterton Lakes National Park. After leaving the park, the highway generally travels east, passing by the hamlets of Mountain View and Leavitt, to the Town of Cardston.[1] After Cardston, the highway generally travels northeast, passing by the Hamlet of Spring Coulee, the Town of Magrath, and the Hamlet of Welling Station. Shortly after Welling Station, the highway travels north, passing the Hamlet of Welling, before ending at Highway 3 in Lethbridge.[2][3]

Highway 5 is known as Mayor Magrath Drive within Lethbridge city limits.

Major intersectionsEdit

The following is a list of major intersections along Alberta Highway 5 from southwest to northeast.[2][3]

Rural/specialized municipalityLocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
I.D. No. 4
(Waterton Lakes
National Park)
Waterton Park0.00.0
8.65.3  Hwy 6 north (Cowboy Trail) – Pincher CreekHwy 5 branches south;
west end of Hwy 6 concurrency
West end of Cowboy Trail
9.55.9  Hwy 6 south – Chief Mountain, Glacier National ParkHwy 5 turns east;
east end of Hwy 6 concurrency
Cardston County26.416.4  Hwy 800 north – Hill Spring
Mountain View28.617.8
33.020.5  Hwy 501 south
Cardston53.333.1  Hwy 2 south (Main Street) – Carway
Cardston Truck Bypass (unsigned Hwy 501)
Hwy 5 branches north;
west end of Hwy 2 concurrency
East end of Cowboy Trail
Blood I.R. No. 14854.033.6  Hwy 2 north – Fort Macleod, CalgaryHwy 5 branches northeast;
east end of Hwy 2 concurrency
↑ / ↓57.135.5Crosses the St. Mary River
Cardston County58.136.1  Hwy 503 east
74.346.2  Hwy 820 south
Spring Coulee76.847.7  Hwy 505 west – Blood I.R. No. 148, Glenwood
Magrath94.858.9  Hwy 62 south – Del Bonita
Welling102.663.8  Hwy 52 east – Raymond, Milk RiverHwy 5 turns north
Lethbridge County118.973.9  Hwy 508 east
121.875.7  Lethbridge Airport
City of Lethbridge125.878.2  Scenic Drive / 24 Avenue S to Hwy 4 south – Coutts, Great FallsFormer alignment of Hwy 4
129.180.2  Crowsnest Trail (Hwy 3) – Fort Macleod, Calgary, Medicine HatInterchange
Mayor Magrath DriveContinues north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c Google (November 22, 2017). "Highway 5 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "2015 Provincial Highway 1-216 Progress Chart" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2010 ed.). Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. § N-6, O-5, O-6.
  4. ^ "Cowboy Trail Map". The Cowboy Trail. The Cowboy Trail Tourism Association. Retrieved July 30, 2018.