Alberta Highway 2

Alberta Highway 2

Highway 2 is the most important provincial highway in the Canadian province of Alberta. The stretch between Calgary and Edmonton is one of the most heavily used highways in Canada, and is designated the Queen Elizabeth II Highway or the ‘QE2 Highway’.

The speed limit along most parts of the highway between Fort Macleod and Edmonton is 110 km/h (70 mph) and in urban parts such as Calgary or Edmonton it is 100 km/h. During the winter time, accidents are not uncommon as the weather changes rapidly, and drivers underestimate the conditions. The worst area for accidents is the corridor north of Airdrie and south of Red Deer. Road closures are not uncommon. A sudden ice storm can create numerous accidents and pile-ups.

Route

As its main north-south corridor, Highway 2 enters Alberta south of Cardston, at the Carway border crossing with Montana (where it continues as U.S. Highway 89). It travels northward through Fort Macleod to Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton. North of Edmonton the highway continues to Athabasca, after which the highway continues northwesterly along the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake into High Prairie, north to Peace River, west to Fairview and finally south to Grande Prairie.

As the main north-south access in Alberta, Highway 2 is the preferred path of the CANAMEX Corridor. Between Fort Macleod and Edmonton, Highway 2 maintains no fewer than four lanes of traffic and is largely a controlled-access freeway between Okotoks and Edmonton, with improvements underway to eliminate at-grade crossings. It functions as a continuation of Interstate 15 into Canada when combined with Highway 4 and a short section of Highway 3.

North of Okotoks, the three northbound lanes of the highway split into Macleod Trail (Highway 2A) and Deerfoot Trail, which keeps the Highway 2 designation through Calgary. It passes immediately west of the Calgary International Airport before continuing north to the city of Airdrie, which is bisected by Highway 2, while a number of other smaller communities such as Crossfield are bypassed. The newer Highway 2 is built east of the communities and the ‘old’ route has become Highway 2A.

Red Deer is also primarily bypassed. Gasoline Alley, located at the south end of the city, is a popular stop for travellers headed for Calgary or Edmonton, with several fuel stations and food establishments. Continuing north, the highway again bypasses the smaller communities, this time on the west. Leduc, south of Edmonton, is bisected like Airdrie; however, this has been a result of westward growth of the community. The highway also passes immediately east of Edmonton International Airport, about 15 km south of Edmonton.

When the highway enters Edmonton, it becomes Calgary Trail (southbound) and Gateway Boulevard (northbound), then Whitemud Drive to the southwest part of the city. It then shares roadbeds with Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) and Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16) before heading north again along St. Albert Trail as it exits Edmonton towards St. Albert. This section of the highway is twinned until it reaches north of Morinville and after that it is a 2-lane road for almost the rest of the stretch. Highway 2 continues north to Athabasca, then west through Slave Lake and High Prairie before continuing north to McLennan, west to Highway 49 and then north to Peace River. The highway turns west then south through Grimshaw (the junction of the Mackenzie Highway) and Fairview, then over the Dunvegan Bridge, where it crosses the Peace River and ultimately terminating at an interchange at Highway 43 just north of Grande Prairie. Prior to highway renumbering in northwestern Alberta, Highway 2 followed Highway 43's current alignment into British Columbia, where it became Highway 2 to Dawson Creek.

Queen Elizabeth II Highway

On May 23, 2005, the section between Calgary and Edmonton was renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Highway in honour of Her Majesty's visit to Alberta as part of the province's centennial celebrations; the first road sign was personally unveiled by the Queen. It is the first highway in Canada to be named for the current Queen (Ontario’s Queen Elizabeth Way is named for Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother).

Exit list

The province of Alberta began numbering exits on Hwy 2 in 2004.

Southern Alberta

Location # Destinations Notes Coordinates
Cardston County US border in Carway North extension of U.S. Route 89, southern end of Alberta CANAMEX corridor
Hwy 501 south of Cardston
Hwy 5 in Cardston
Hwy 505 branches west to Glenwood
Hwy 505 branches east to Spring Coulee
Hwy 509 branches east, north of Stand Off
- Crosses the Waterton River
Hwy 511 branches east
Fort Macleod 89 North end of Hwy 3 overlap

Calgary Region

Location # Destinations Notes Coordinates
High River, Foothills No. 31 194 Signed as exits 194A (east) and 194B (west)
Foothills No. 31 222
225 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
227 Dunbow Road—De Winton
Calgary 232 Cranston Avenue, Seton Boulevard

234

236 McKenzie Towne Boulevard, McKenzie Lake Boulevard
238 130 Avenue Southeast
240 Barlow Trail north
241 24th Street East, Douglasdale Boulevard
243 Anderson Road west, Bow Bottom Trail south
245 Southland Drive Southbound exit is part of exit 247
247 11th Street East—Shopping Centre
248 Glenmore Trail Signed as exits 248A (east) and 248B (west) southbound; northbound exit to Glenmore Trail west is via exit 247
251 Peigan Trail east, Barlow Trail south
254 17th Avenue SE, Blackfoot Trail South
256 Memorial Drive
258
260 32nd Avenue North
261 McKnight Boulevard—Calgary International Airport Signed as exits 261A (east) and 261B (west)
263 64 Avenue North
265 Beddington Trail west Northbound exit and southbound entrance
266 Airport Trail—Calgary International Airport
268 Country Hills Boulevard—Delacour, Calgary International Airport
Rocky View No. 44 275
282 Big Springs Road—Airdrie
Airdrie 284 East Airdrie Industrial Area Northbound exit only
285
Rocky View No. 44 295
305 Crossfield, Carstairs, Acme

Central Alberta

Location # Destinations Notes Coordinates
Mountain View County 315
326
340 , Sundre Signed as exits 340A (east) and 340B (west)
Bowden, Red Deer County 357
Red Deer County, Innisfail 368 Signed as exits 368A (east) and 368B (north/west) northbound
Red Deer County 384
391 McKenzie Road—Gasoline Alley
Gasoline Alley, Willow Street—Petrolia Industrial Park Northbound exit only
Red Deer, Red Deer County 394
397 C&E Trail west, 32nd Street east—Red Deer
401
405 Signed as exits405A (east) and 405B (west)
Lacombe County 412
Lacombe County, Lacombe 422 Signed as exits 422A (east) and 422B (west)
Lacombe County 431
437
439
Ponoka County 446 Matejka Road
447 Gee Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
450 Signed as exits 450A (east) and 450B (west)
462 Menaik Road
469
Wetaskiwin County 482 Signed as exits 482A (east) and 482B (west)
488 Correction Line Road
497

Edmonton Region

Location # Destinations Notes Coordinates
Leduc County 508 Kavanagh, Glen Park
Leduc 516
517
519 Leduc Business Sector
521 Leduc North Sector Northbound exit only
522 10th Avenue—Edmonton International Airport, Nisku Business Park
Leduc County 525 , Nisku Business Park, Beaumont
Edmonton Ellerslie Road Highway 2 called Calgary Trail (southbound) and Gateway Boulevard (northbound) through southern Edmonton
, Edmonton ring road
Alberta Highway 14 (Whitemud Drive) east Highway 2 called Whitemud Drive on this section
111 St NW
122 St NW
Terwillegar Drive
53 Ave NW
Fox Drive (east)
na North Saskatchewan River Bridge over river
149 St NW
159 St NW
170 St NW
178 St NW
Highway 216 Highway 2 becomes a hidden concurrency with Highway 216 (Anthony Henday Drive) at this point
87 Ave NW West Edmonton Mall
Highway 16A—Stony Plain Road west to Stony Plain
Yellowhead Highway west to Spruce Grove Highway 2 becomes a hidden concurrency with Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail) at this point
184 St NW
170 St NW
Yellowhead Highway east through north Edmonton Highway 2 called St Albert Trail from here; end of concurrency
137 Ave NW Highway 2 called Mark Messier Trail from here to Edmonton city limit
St. Albert Hebert Rd
Sir Winston Churchill Ave
na Sturgeon River Bridge over river
Boudreau Road
Highway 633 west to Villeneuve
Sturgeon County Highway 37 east to Fort Saskatchewan, west to Onoway
Highway 642 in Morinville
Highway 651 east to Legal
Westlock County Highway 18 west to Westlock Highway 2 turns east
Highway 18 east to Clyde Highway 2 turns north
Highway 661 west to Fort Assiniboine, east to Newbrook

Northern Alberta

Location # Destinations Notes Coordinates
Athabasca County Highway 663 west to Sylvan Glen
Highway 663 east to Boyle
Athabasca Highway 55 east to Lac la Biche, Highway 813 north to Wabasca Highway 2 turns west
Athabasca County Highway 812 south to Lincoln Highway 2 turns north
Lesser Slave River MD Highway 44 south to Crisholm
Highway 2A north to Smith
na Athabasca River bridge over river
Slave Lake Highway 88 north to Fort Vermilion Highway 2 continues on the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake
Big Lakes MD Highway 33 south to Swan Hills
na Swan River crosses bridge, access to Kinuso
Highway 750 north to Grouard
Highway 749 in High Prairie
Highway 2A west in Triangle Highway 2 turns north
Smoky River MD Highway 679 east to Winagami Lake Provincial Park, west to Highway 49
passes through McLennan Highway 2 turns west
passes through Donnelly
Highway 49 west to Falher, south to Valleyview Highway 2 turns north
Northern Sunrise County Highway 683
Highway 688 north to St. Isidore Highway 2 turns north-west
Highway 744 south in Peace River Highway 2 turns west, bridge crosses over Peace River
Peace MD Highway 743 north to Deadwood
Highway 2A in Roma Junction, south to Grimshaw
Highway 35 north to Manning Highway 2 turns south
Highway 2A merges from east in Grimshaw, Highway 658 west to Hines Creek
Highway 684 south-east to Peace River Highway 2 turns west
passes through Berwyn
Highway 737 north in Brownvale
Fairview MD Highway 735 north to Whitelaw
passes through Fairview, Highway 732 north to Hines Creek, Highway 64A west to Highway 64 Highway 2 turns south
Highway 64 north to Hines Creek
Spirit River MD na crosses Peace River in Dunvegan bridge over river
Highway 49 in Rycroft
Highway 677 east to Kakut Lake
Highway 677 west to Woking
Grande Prairie County Highway 59 west to Buffalo Lake, Highway 674 east to Teepee Creek
passes through Sexsmith
Highway 43 east to Debolt
Highway 670 east to Bezansen enters the city of Grande Prairie
Highway 43 west to Wembley end of Highway 2 at 100 St and 116 Ave in Grande Prairie

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