Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism

October 15, 2008 08:00 ET

Edmonton's Day Trip Treasures

Day trips are the ticket for fun times in and around Edmonton, Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2008) - Using Edmonton, Alberta as a base camp, a multitude of unique one-day excursions awaits with friendly faces and warm hospitality. Day trippers will quickly find out that there is much to do out and about. Whether going north to The Great Prairie Corn Maze or the annual International Children's Festival or east to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton attractions are sure to surprise and delight.

North

The communities of Bon Accord, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville, Redwater, St. Albert and Sturgeon County await for the day tripper who comes this way. This is where you'll find Sturgeon's Art Drive and where art lovers will want also want to take in the ArtWalk hosted by St. Albert's galleries. Late spring sees the International Children's Festival come alive in St. Albert, a city where you can also trace the footsteps of French Canadian settlers.

The Great Prairie Corn Maze, meanwhile, is also included in these communities on Edmonton's northern outskirts. And for a little Christmas fun, consider the annual Morinville Christmas Festival, which gets bigger and bigger every year and includes a breakfast with Santa.

South

Drive south and Beaumont, Calmar, Devon, Leduc, Leduc County and Millet lie ahead. The Leduc #1 National Historic Site along with the Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre can be found here. And after learning about good old 'black gold,' ponder the possibility of panning for real gold at the best gold panning site in Alberta, by the Devon Bridge on Highway 60.

While in Devon see some of Mother Nature's great creations at the Devonian Botanic Garden, established in 1959 by the University of Alberta. It consists of an authentic Japanese Garden, floral gardens, native and alpine plants, and ecological reserves, and is situated within an attractive landscape. And don't forget Millet, also known as the Prettiest Little Town in Alberta.

East

Travel east and Fort Saskatchewan and Lamont County as well as Strathcona County will shortly draw near. Golfers will want to head to Strathcona County, home to Northern Bear, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Both the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and Lamont County, the Church Capital of North America can be found east of Edmonton.

West

Go west of Edmonton and find Entwistle, Parkland County, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Wabamun. From Wabamun Lake Provincial Park to Stony Plain's 27-plus murals created by Canadian artists to depict the town's history - the reason it's known as the Town with the Painted Past - heading west offers a variety of choices for the outdoor enthusiast. And for something just a little bit different, there's Stony Plain's annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering or Spruce Grove's Street Performers Festival.

For more information about the wonderful day trips that await just outside of Edmonton, visit http://www.edmonton.com/tourism.

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