Your Guide to Experiencing a Northern Alberta Outdoor Adventure
Canada’s Lakeland is truly the hidden gem of our country, where you’ll never run out of grand outdoor adventures. Northeastern Alberta has a variety of activities that will give you memories to last a lifetime. Spend a romantic weekend away with your significant other and see the auroras dancing across the sky, or discover an unknown landmark and surprise your friends back home with an amazing selfie! In the Lakeland, you can spend your time outdoors all year round and experience life Adventurefully.
A Family Vacation to Remember
Northeastern Alberta is a family-friendly vacation region that will give your children the chance to experience the unexpected!
Spring & Summer Family Activities
Take the kids on a Gold Rush Adventure where they’ll have the opportunity to dig for gold nuggets and trade them in for treats at Liam’s General Store found in Ye Olde MacLean Hobby Farm. When you’re finished experiencing the old west, you can make friends with the animals that live on the farm. You’ll be able to feed the goats and snuggle some baby bunnies. Just be sure you don’t slip in pig slop!
After an afternoon digging for gold and frolicking with farm animals, you’ll need a snack. Fruit picking in Alberta has been a time-honoured tradition for many families in the Lakeland. Strawberry fields are open every day for the month of July at Lynn Rob Strawberries Market Garden . Nothing livens up your taste buds like a freshly-plucked strawberry!
Fall & Winter Family Activities
Don’t let the cold weather frighten you into hibernation! For a real adventure in Northeastern Alberta visiting in the fall or winter is the perfect time of year. Visit the pumpkin capital of Alberta, Smoky Lake, during their annual Great White North Pumpkin Fair held on the first Saturday in October. The main event is held at the Smoky Lake Agricultural Complex and provides free shuttle bus service to and from downtown. The kids will enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and creative pumpkin crafts. Souvenirs are available for purchase as a reminder of your time at the pumpkin fair.
When mother nature sends a blizzard, it’s the prime time to experience an incredible outdoor adventure–dog sledding! Head on over to Seppala Siberian Tours to meet these powerful dogs and discover how they live. Learn the fascinating history of dog sledding and the Seppala breed. Enjoy the powdery snow blowing as you relax and let the guide do all the work while you take in the sights that surround you. The kids will love giving the dogs treats at the end of the run and getting doggy kisses!
Romance in the Lakeland
Northeastern Alberta is far enough off the beaten path to offer an adventure, but close enough to major cities and towns to provide all the amenities you want while travelling. Give each other the opportunity to enjoy a new adventure that will bring you closer together.
Unplug and spend a few days breathing in the fresh air. Spend your days soaking in the sun by one of the many lakes in our region, and your evenings snuggled together beside a roaring campfire. Turn your gaze upwards towards the stars and see if you can find the Cassiopeia constellation which takes its name from Cassiopeia, the vain and boastful queen in Greek mythology. Lore states that Cassiopeia boasted that she was more beautiful than the Nereids. Poseidon condemned her to circle the celestial pole forever, spending half the year upside down in the sky as a punishment for her vanity.
The Lakeland Provincial Park has sixteen designated backcountry camping areas located throughout the park with no fee for use, and is a designated Dark Sky Preserve in Alberta.
Wind down and spend your Christmas creating memorable moments together by renting a cabin or a cottage for the holidays- You can rent a cabin at Sir Winston Churchill Park just outside of Lac La Biche. While you’re there you can visit Christmas at the Mission, which celebrates Northeastern Alberta and offers markets and even cookie decorating that you can experience with that special person in your life! Believe in the magic of Christmas and enjoy a truly Canadian holiday.
November and December offer great opportunities to buy local and check off those hard to buy for people on your list with a wide variety of Christmas Markets. The Festival of Trees in Bonnyville features wine tasting and beautifully crafted Christmas trees up for auction. Cold Lake gets into the spirit of the season with the Festival of Peace and of course you can find Christmas parades and light-up events at communities throughout Canada’s Lakeland.
Some journeys are best experienced solo. Northeastern Alberta offers some of the best opportunities and locations to connect with yourself and discover the inner you that may have gotten lost in the crowd.
Solo Summer Adventures
One of the best parts, when your travelling companion is yourself, is not having to accommodate for another person’s needs and wants. You can decide what to do and when you want to do it, giving you the opportunity to stay in a unique accommodation!
The Aboriginal culture that has shaped our land is celebrated in the Lakeland and unique Teepee accommodations can be found at the northern and southern gateways to the Lakeland. Alberta’s Lakeland is home to one of the largest populations of Aboriginal and Métis people in Canada, giving you the opportunity to learn more about the cultural history of our region.
Winter Adventures You Can Enjoy Alone
Get out and see the world – it’s more fantastic than any item you can buy in a store. Seeing the Auroras light up the sky is a one of a kind experience. Canada’s Lakeland is home to one of only a handful of Dark Sky Preserves in Alberta, where no artificial light will complicate your view of nature’s incredible light show. Visit between September and May for the best view of the aurora borealis.
One of a Kind Landmarks
Northeastern Alberta is home to many one of a kind landmarks. With your cell phone in hand, discover some of our eccentric landmarks and surprise your friends back home with an unbeatable selfie and then tag #AdventurefulAlberta
St. Paul is home to the world’s first UFO Landing Pad, and during the grand opening in 1967, the town was declared the Centennial Capital of Canada. The landmark has a UFO exhibit downstairs that is guaranteed to open your mind to new possibilities!
Every day can feel like you’re at an airshow when you visit Cold Lake! Home to Canada’s largest air force base and the location of the famous Maple Flag, an international air combat exercise held annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake. With Canada’s largest collection of roadside military planes on display, you could even take a selfie to post to social media.
You can really make your friends back home chuckle (and salivate) when you send them a selfie with a giant pyrogy in Glendon, Alberta.
No matter how you prefer to spend your time outdoors, the Lakeland has it all. Rich with culture, history and nature, Northeastern Alberta provides the perfect backdrop for your next outdoor adventure. Dare to #LiveAdventurefully in Canada’s Lakeland!
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