Hi I live in Grande Cache and have driven all those routes. Edmonton-GP is all good four lane highway, easy driving. The section from Edmonton-Whitecourt-Valleyview is essentially all in the trees with not much to see. Valleyview-GP portion brings you into the Peace Region prairie land. Beautiful rolling hills of wheat and canola fields. Kleskun Hill natural area has some hoodoos you can stroll around and a ghost town. Close to GP is Beaverlodge where you can see a giant road side beaver and there's the Saskatoon Island Provincial park.
The drive from GP-Grande Cache is mostly two lane and there's heavy oil and gas traffic for the first 80 km. Grande Cache is very scenic and surrounded by mountains. Grande Cache to Hinton is two lane road and is quite scenic once you get into the Switzer Park. Definitely stop at Kelly's Bathtub for a nice stroll around the lake and a great mountain view. The Athabasca Lookout stop is also amazing and is about a 20 min hike up a hill. The view from Brule is beautiful too and there are some hiking trails in the town. Hinton has an amazing interpretive trail around a beaver hut called the beaver boardwalk. They also have a lot of bike trails and I think you can rent bikes at Vicious cycle.
And of course the Hinton to Jasper drive is absolutely amazing.
Thanks everyone for the replies. I appreciate the time you have taken to respond.
well its the prairies! the drive from edm to gp isnt really exciting but gp to jasper is nice once you hit grande cache and start to see the mountains. the highway to jasper is very very very dangerous though! lots of rig trucks and wildlife. seems like every week someone dies on this road. good luck!
I know this thread is several years old, but I'm planning an autumn drive through northern Alberta, including Grande Prairie, partly because of the dinosaur museum in Wembley, but also because natural landscapes are part of the focus of any trip I make. This thread is the only place I came across any mention of the Kleskun Hill natural area. I have now downloaded the directions and maps of this area. Good stuff. Thanks for the info.