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Day Trip to Smoky Lake

Join us as we take a journey into the past to experience Indigenous culture and pioneer life.

Your day starts in beautiful downtown Smoky Lake where we recommend you fuel up with fresh baked (pumpkin) goodies and coffee at the Old Fashioned Bread Bakery then head over to Pumpkin Park where seven huge pumpkins greet you. Kids and adults alike love posing for their picture with these orange giants. Next door is the CN Train Station & Museum, built in 1919 and we’ll let you decide if you think there might still be a few ghosts roaming within the walls. Smoky Lake is best explored on foot via the communities hiking trail.

As you venture into the countryside, you travel back in time. Indigenous culture is prevalent throughout the area due to the proximity to the North Saskatchewan River. Victoria Settlement, Métis Crossing, Victoria Cemetery all provide intricate pieces that connect us to our past. Much of the information is available in English, French, Michif, Ukrainian and Cree.

Victoria Trail has 16 points of interest including the house in the middle of the road. Enjoy your meandering drive with breathtaking views along the river. This historic trail has plenty of stops and Instagram moments.

To round out your day, some other stops include the Waskatenau Creek Nature Trail, Waskatenau Trestle, Pepper’s Highway Service for ice cream and fresh baked goodies. On the way back into Smoky Lake, stop at Serben’s Farm for farm raised meats, jerky and smoked meats or to just spend a few minutes watching the pigs grunt and dig in their pen. And make sure to include a stop at Linda’s Market Garden for fresh vegetables, jams, jellies, perogies and more or hold out for an old fashioned milk shake at Betsy’s Burger Shack.

For information on the three churches in Smoky Lake:

  • Gold Creek Romanian Greek Orthodox Church, click here.
  • Our Lady of Atonement Church, click here.
  • Veillette (Sokal) Ukrainian Catholic Church, click here.
  • For information on the Waskatenau Blacksmith Shop, click here.
  • For a map of the points of interest on Victoria Trail, click here.

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