The Buffalo Sanctuary near Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Just north of the Waterton Lakes National Park entrance/exit is a large, grassy area of rolling land set aside as a Buffalo Paddock. The periphery is fenced but a Texas gate allows access to a loop road through the area on reasonably decent gravel road.
A small herd of buffalo lives here in the wild and it is an excellent opportunity to view these huge, magnificent animals in natural habitat.
All visitors must remain in their vehicle because it would be potentially dangerous, and possibly lethal, to approach these large and powerful wild animals, particularly when young are present. The bison can run much faster than we can, in spite of their size, so pulling over to roadside for photographs using telephoto lenses from a safe distance is the recommended alternative.
A brief stop at mountain-surrounded Highwood Pass provides an opportunity for a leg stretcher at the highest driveable pass in Canada.
At Kananaskis Lakes Road, the ride home links west for the continuing drive north on the gravel Smith-Dorrien Trail with incredible mountain views on the west side of the Opal Range until the drop into the Bow Valley Corridor signals supper-time at Craig's Family Restaurant in Canmore beneath majestic Mount Lady Macdonald.