From Fernie you continue up a beautiful valley to Sparwood, which is home to several mines and The World’s Largest Truck, just off the highway (it’s bright green, so you cannot miss it!). The highway then heads southeast toward the Alberta border. You will driver through Crowsnest Provincial Park (with BC Travel Information for westbound travellers) and as you climb up the hill past Summit Lake, there is a plaque marking the border.
Inside Alberta, the highway drops quickly and crosses Island Lake, and then climbs a bit to grant a vies of Crowsnest Lake, and then you pass through or by a bunch of communities that used to be all separate and recently amalgamated into one community of Crowsnest Pass. To the south of the highway is a stunning view of a ridge that comprises of (from west to east) Mt Senty, Chinook Peak, Mt Parrish, Mt McLaren, and Mt Coulthard. North of the highway is the Crowsnest Mountain that the highway and region are named for.
Travel Tip: gas is much cheaper in Alberta, so eastbound travelers should wait to gas up until you hit the Alberta side of this highway. And westbound travellers should gas up in the Crowsnest Pass before entering BC.