Alberta Highway 2
Queen Elizabeth II Highway
1270 km (789 mi)
US 89 at American border in Carway
Hwy 3 in Fort Macleod
Hwy 1 in Calgary
Hwy 11 in Red Deer
Hwy 16 in Edmonton
Hwy 43 near Grande Prairie
Fort Macleod, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton,
Athabasca, Slave Lake, Peace River, Grande
Alberta provincial highway,
Provincial highways in Alberta
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 Eliza-
beth II Highway or the ‘QE2 Highway’.
The speed limit along most parts of the highway
between Calgary 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 com-
mon as the weather changes rapidly, and drivers under-
estimate the conditions. The worst area for accidents is
the corridor north of Airdrie and south of Red Deer.
Road closures are common. A sudden ice storm can cre-
ate numerous accidents and pile-ups.
As its main north-south corridor, Highway 2 enters Al-
berta 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 contin-
ues 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 main-
tains no fewer than four lanes of traffic and is largely a
controlled-access freeway between Okotoks and Ed