Immerse yourself in the history, arts, and nature of Edmonton’s outlying areas without leaving the city’s bright lights for long.
Visit historical sites commemorating the oil boom, the gold rush, or Alberta’s Ukrainian immigrants. See local artists hard at work in their studios. See the majestic northern lights in all their spendour. There are plenty of opportunities for great hiking, camping, biking, boating or virtually anything you can think of. Enjoy country cuisine, a country soul stroll, or a countryside drive.
To find family activities around the city visit Edmonton’s Countryside.
Jasper National Park
Edmonton is the gateway to a land of majestic mountains, pristine lakes, historic rivers and northern adventures. A scenic drive west of Edmonton on the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway, offers an easy drive through the mountains, putting you at Jasper’s doorstep.
Enjoy a scenic horseback ride, historic sites, white water rafting, hiking, wildlife viewing, a world-class golf course and much, much more. Take a cruise on Maligne Lake to world-famous Spirit Island, ride the tramway, or soak at Miette Hot Springs. Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest Rocky Mountain Park and is part of the Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site. Jasper has accommodations, dining and shopping for every taste and budget.
Northern Alberta’s large lakes, mighty rivers, abundant wildlife and untapped wilderness are the place for the ultimate outdoor experience. Explore the beauty and wonder of Alberta by horseback, canoe/kayak, jet-boat, ATV or simply by foot. The long summer days are great for adventurers and golfers. You can also visit traditional small town museums, cities, historic sites or take an oilsands tour in Fort McMurray.