Get Outside: Top 5 Day Trips Outside Edmonton

Get Outside: Top 5 Day Trips Outside Edmonton

Now that summer has officially arrived, it is time to get outside and take full advantage of the warm weather and sunshine! If you are looking at ways to explore our beautiful province, here is a Top 5 List of day trips outside of Edmonton:

1) ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARKJust 35 minutes east of Edmonton lies a natural wonderland open all year long! Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky free from city lights or follow the footprints of a bison and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. In addition to being an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, Elk Island National Park is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.”

Activities: hiking, cycling, wildlife viewing, photography, sightseeing, nature

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland

2) UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA BOTANIC GARDENThe University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is a stunning 97 hectare (240-acre) property located in Parkland County, 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton, with cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses, and extensive natural areas.”

Activities: gardening, photography

Website: https://botanicgarden.ualberta.ca/

3) SYLVAN LAKEToday, the lake continues to be a vibrant recreational playground. Come out and enjoy the serenity and warmth of a small town community nestled amongst the trees. Gather with friends and family to go on an adventure… spend the day at the lake, explore the forests and wilderness, walk through and shop our quaint boutiques and enjoy the culinary scene with the tastes of our beautiful community.”

Activities: boating, fishing, hiking, camping, cycling

Website: https://visitsylvanlake.ca/

4) PEMBINA RIVER TUBINGSee the magnificent view of the Pembina River Valley that you have to experience to believe. The best way to see the river in this way, is to float down the gentle current, with Pembina River Tubing.  Our service will provide you with tube and life jacket rentals, as well as our shuttle service to bring you back to your vehicle. Floating down the river, you will enjoy the 62 meter gorge created from the Ice Age, various wildlife, and the joy of relaxing while the current drifts along this amazing and winding river.”

Activities: tubing, sightseeing

Website: https://www.pembinarivertubing.com/

5) CLIFFORD E. LEE NATURE SANCTUARY“Located 33 km southwest of Edmonton’s city centre, the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine forest. The varied habitants of the Sanctuary attract a diversity of animals, including more than one hundred bird species, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.”

Activities: hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, sightseeing, nature

Website: http://cliffordelee.com/

As always, be sure to check the respective website provided above for the most up-to-date COVID-19 related hours of operation, services provided, and other information related to your visit.

(Photo Credit: Parks Canada)