Crowchild Trail is a developing freeway in western Calgary, Alberta. The segment from 12 Mile Coulee Road to 16 Avenue NE (Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 1) is designated as Highway 1A by Alberta Transportation.
Crowchild Trail highlighted in red
|Maintained by City of Calgary|
|Length||22.0 km (13.7 mi)|
|South end||Linden Drive SW|
16 Avenue NW (Hwy 1)
Stoney Trail (Hwy 201)
|North end||Twelve Mile Coulee Road|
|Provincial highways in Alberta|
Crowchild Trail's south terminus is located at North Glenmore Park as a minor arterial road. Exiting northbound from the park the road intersects several residential streets within the communities of Lakeview and North Glenmore Park, and several residential dwellings are located on the Trail itself. Continuing northward, its first major intersection is with Glenmore Trail at an interchange that was built in 1981, which is the point at which Crowchild becomes an freeway. After an interchange was completed at 50th Avenue SW in 2003, Crowchild Trail became a true freeway from Glenmore Trail to Kensington Road NW, with overpasses at Flanders Avenue SW, 33 Avenue SW and 17 Avenue SW and interchange intersections with 10 Avenue SW, Bow Trail and Memorial Drive. The speed limit on the freeway sections are 80 km/h (50 mph).
Traffic slows immediately north of the Bow River (dropping to a principal arterial with a 60 km/h (37 mph) limit), with signal-controlled intersections at Kensington Road NW and 5th Avenue NW, and heavy use by football fans and transit users at McMahon Stadium and students of the University of Calgary. After 24 Avenue NW the road veers northwest, and once again becomes an uninterrupted freeway until the Stoney Trail ring road. As of 2012, the interchange was completed at Stoney Trail, which makes Crowchild Trail a freeway nearly to the city limits, at which point (following a signalized intersection with Twelve Mile Coulee Road), Crowchild Trail continues as Bow Valley Trail, eventually linking to the towns of Cochrane and Canmore.
Part of this road was the Morley Trail when it was an actual trail. It was first paved in the 1930s. It then became the main highway to Banff and was the home of Eamon's Bungalow Camp and service station. When the Trans-Canada Highway was created it dropped in importance.
The road was originally signed as 24 Street SW from North Glenmore Park to the Bow River, 24th Street NW from the Bow River to the intersection with 16 Avenue NW, and Highway 1A from 16 Avenue NW to the city limits. In March 1971, it was renamed Crowchild Trail in honour of David Crowchild, Chief of the Tsuu T'ina Nation from 1946 to 1953.
In the spring of 2017, the City of Calgary approved the recommendations of the Crowchild Trail Study which addressed the congestion and design issues between 17 Avenue SW and 24 Avenue NW. Short-term improvements include adding additional lanes across the Bow River and modifying the Bow Trail and Memorial Drive interchanges; construction commenced in fall 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in fall 2019. Medium-term improvements include new interchanges at Kensington Road, 5 Avenue NW, and 24 Avenue NW, as well as replacement of the existing University Drive and 16 Avenue NW interchanges. Once the medium-term recommendations would be implemented, the remaining traffic signals would be removed and Crowchild Trail would be a freeway between Glenmore Trail and 12 Mile Coulee Road.
|0.0||0.0||Linden Drive, North Glenmore Park||Starts north of Glenmore Reservoir|
|0.4||0.25||66 Avenue SW||At grade, three-way stop|
|0.7||0.43||63 Avenue SW||At grade, traffic signals|
|1.0||0.62||Glenmore Trail||Diamond interchange with signalized intersections on Crowchild Trail;|
southbound to eastbound flyover
|1.5||0.93||54 Avenue SW||Northbound right-in/right-out|
|1.9||1.2||50 Avenue SW, Mount Royal Gate – Mount Royal University||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|2.8||1.7||Flanders Avenue, Richard Road||Dogbone interchange|
|3.6||2.2||33 Avenue SW||Diamond interchange|
|5.3||3.3||17 Avenue SW||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|Bow Trail – City Centre||Interchange; no northbound to westbound exit; no eastbound to southbound entrance|
|12 Avenue SW (via 10 Avenue SW)||Southbound exit, northbound entrance|
|Crowchild Trail Bridge across Bow River|
|7.1||4.4||Kensington Road||At-grade, traffic signals; diamond interchange proposed|
|7.3||4.5||2 Avenue SW||Northbound right-in/right-out|
|7.6||4.7||5 Avenue NW||At-grade, traffic signals; half-diamond interchange proposed (southbound exit, northbound entrance)|
|8.2||5.1||University Drive to 16 Avenue NW (Hwy 1) – University of Calgary||Northbound exit, southbound entrance|
|8.5||5.3||13 Avenue NW (to University Drive)||Southbound exit only|
|8.7||5.4||16 Avenue NW (Hwy 1)|| Hwy 1A eastern terminus;|
interchange; northbound exit, southbound entrance; SPUI (full movement) proposed
|9.1||5.7||23 Avenue NW (to Banff Trail) – McMahon Stadium, Banff Trail station||At grade, traffic signals; northbound right-in/right-out proposed|
|9.3||5.8||Banff Trail||At grade; no access to southbound Banff Trail (business access only); northbound right-in/right-out proposed|
|9.5||5.9||24 Avenue NW – University of Calgary||At-grade, traffic signals; diamond interchange proposed|
C-Train enters median; Crowchild Trail turns northwest
|10.2||6.3||Passes University station|
|10.6||6.6||Charleswood Drive, 32 Avenue NW – University of Calgary||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|11.0||6.8||Shopping Centre Access (Brentwood Road)||Westbound exit only|
|11.2||7.0||Passes Brentwood station|
|11.5||7.1||Brisebois Drive, 40 Avenue NW – Brentwood park and ride||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|12.3||7.6||Northland Drive||Diamond interchange|
|13.0||8.1||Shaganappi Trail||Split diamond interchange|
|13.9||8.6||Passes Dalhousie station|
|14.3||8.9||53 Street NW – Dalhousie park and ride||Diamond interchange|
|15.4||9.6||Sarcee Trail, Silver Springs Gate||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|Nose Hill Drive, Crowfoot Parade – Crowfoot park and ride||Diamond interchange|
|Passes Crowfoot station|
|Crowfoot Rise||Westbound right-in/right out|
|Stoney Trail (Hwy 201)||Cloverstack interchange; exit 41 on Hwy 201|
|20.3||12.6||Passes Tuscany station|
|22.0||13.7||12 Mile Coulee Road||At-grade, traffic signals|
|Continues as Hwy 1A west (Bow Valley Trail) – Cochrane, Canmore|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Google (January 11, 2017). "Crowchild Trail in Calgary, Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- "Historic Eamon's gas station to be saved". May 7, 2012. Archived from the original on March 21, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
- Finch, David (October 29, 2013). "Native leader set trail for his people". Calgary Herald. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- "Crowchild Trail Upgrades: Fall 2017-Fall 2019" (PDF). City of Calgary. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- "Crowchild Trail Study: Medium-Term Recommended Plan" (PDF). City of Calgary. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
- Sherlock's Map of Calgary (16th ed.). Langdon, Alberta: Sherlock Publishing Ltd. 2014. pp. 7, 8, 17, 18, 26, 34, 40. ISBN 1-895229-80-4.