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Edmonton, Elk Island National Park & Fort McMurray


The capital of the province of Alberta, Edmonton is known as Canada’s Festival City and is located on the scenic North Saskatchewan River and boasts a thriving music and art community and great shopping. The historic Old Strathcona district has a neighborhood feel, with its galleries and shops and its famous farmers market.

You’ll feel right at home in vibrant, expansive Edmonton. The city is always celebrating something and has more than 50 festivals throughout the year.

There are twenty-two major parks that make up Edmonton’s ribbon of green stretching along the North Saskatchewan River. You may wish to visit Fort Saskatchewan, one of the smaller downtown parks overlooking the river.

Join the costumed historical interpreters at Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum, and try your hand at living life as an early pioneer. You’ll experience life as it was at the 1846 fort.

Spend some time at West Edmonton Mall, the largest indoor shopping and entertainment complex in North America which boasts 800+ shops and services, a waterpark, skating rink, marine park, hotel and the world’s biggest indoor amusement park.

Visit Alberta Legislature – a beautiful colonial-style building dating back to 1911. Free tours are available. There are wading pools to cool off in during the summer and skating rinks beside walkways in the wintertime.

Elk Island National Park

Experience the rolling hills, glassy lakes, and star-filled skies of Elk Island National Park, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve just 35 minutes east of Edmonton. Look for herds of bison, elk or one of more than 250 bird species that call this special place home.

Elk Island National Park boasts some of North America’s best wildlife viewing. Come in the spring to hear a chorus of birdsong in our forests from dozens of different species, along with little red bison calves speckling the grassy meadows. To improve chances of catching a glimpse of bison, elk, birds, or other amazing animals in the park visit at dawn and dusk, times of day that may provide a better chance of sighting wildlife. Many animals shelter in the trees during the warmest parts of the day.

Hike at Elk Island National Park: new scents, sights and sounds await all year round. Stroll through a shadowed landscape of a black spruce bog; the tangy smell of spruce trees mixes with the earthy scent of moss and peat under foot.

All seems quiet and still, but then the shade of the spruce trees opens up to a bright and sunny aspen forest canopy. The trail narrows as the mossy ground gives way to wild rose and beaked hazelnut shrubs. Get lost in the sound of autumn leaves crunching under foot then thrill at the haunting sound of the bugle of a bull elk in the distance. 

Fort McMurray

A scenic four hour drive north of Edmonton brings you to Fort McMurray, at the junction of four rivers, nestled in the beauty of the boreal forest in north eastern Alberta and the great outdoors. Summer is all about hiking, boating, biking and basking on the beach at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park.

Fort McMurray has three 18 hole golf courses set in the beautiful boreal forest. In Alberta’s north the sun sets a lot later in the day enabling you to golf longer on warm summer evenings. Fishing in pristine wilderness is available year round in the north. Reel in a trophy fish from a remote crystalline lake in warmer months.

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