A nice loop out past bighill springs and back via bearspaw.
This route illustrates a good way out of town from NW Calgary (except that the Sarcee bus trap is now gated, but you can still get past on the sidewalk).
Country Hills Blvd is pretty much the only good way to get out of the
city towards Bearspaw, at least westbound from Nose Hill and then
up 85th street (past the jail).
85th street has no shoulders, but judging from the abuse it's taking
from the industrial traffic recently, it will be repaved soon. Talk to
your Alderman and suggest that adding shoulders would be a Great Idea.
Judging from recent Transportation committee minutes on the calgary.ca website, Shaganappi is going to be redeveloped/widened up to country hills boulevard. As part of this, it would be a good idea to make the shoulders on the bit between John Laurie and the top of the hill exist.