Summer might fly by, but it’s not over yet! There’s still time to get out for one last summer road trip adventure with Go East of Edmonton. Enjoying the final days of summer holidays and having fun with your kids, all while having a chance to win great prizes? Sounds like the perfect way to end this summer!
Go East of Edmonton is a tourist information resource to help you plan family roadtrips and find fun things to do. They have ideas for new destinations, great events, and wonderful family time, including the Roadtrip Adventure Game, where you can win food, fuel, attraction passes, or cash. But hurry, the contest ends on September 2, 2023! You can find more details on how to play the game here. (And even if you miss the contest deadline, there are still great events and loads of fall fun waiting for your family east of Edmonton!)
Get Started with Roadtrip Destinations
Travel east of Edmonton on Highway 28 and explore great lakes and beaches. Go camping for more outdoor adventures this summer. Check out Sir Winston Churchill Park in the Lac La Biche region, find boat and gear rentals for water play in the Bonnyville-Cold Lake region, and challenge your kids with the Kinosoo Ridge Adventure Park! Plus, Kinosoo Beach is one of the top 25 beaches in Canada. You can also find Indigenous tourism experiences at Metis Crossing in Smoky Lake County or ride an ATV on the Iron Horse trail in St Paul County.
Strathcona County is a mix of urban and rural, so be sure to stop by the Strathcona County Wilderness Centre, and enjoy the trails or a game of disc golf. Keep heading east and surprise your family by staying in a dome or yurt at Elk Island retreat. Vegreville is home to the world’s largest pysanka (wow!) and you can enjoy Pysanka Park while you’re there. Vermilion Provincial Park is perfect for biking, hiking, camping, and playing outside! Plus, you can get your shopping fix at quaint downtown locations throughout this area.
Any foodies in your family? Camrose is an amazing destination for those who love to eat, drink and shop. The downtown has unique local shops and there are six local breweries and distilleries in and around Camrose, including Detention Brewing and Back 40 Distillery. Plus, you can enjoy nature, trails, paddling, and more at Rudy Swanson Park or the Nature Conservation Centre. Then roam to Wainwright and Battle River country. Explore the historic downtown, with its unique shops and eateries, and catch the amazing scenery at the Fabyan Battle River Train Trestle – the second-longest train trestle in Canada! Head to Hardisty and experience the scenic and challenging nature trails in the beautiful Battle River Valley.
Family Events to Note
It might be the end of August, but there are all kinds of family events still happening this summer and into the fall. For example, every weekend there is a rodeo, a festival, or some other major event taking place. You can check the Go East of Edmonton Event Calendar for all the details, and here are a few highlights.
August 26 – 27, 2023: Strathcona County Antique Tractor Pull
August 31 – September 3, 2023: St Paul Lakeland Rodeo Association Finals
September 1 – 2, 2023: Cold Lake Feast at the Beach
September 2, 2023: Harvest Festival at Reynolds Alberta Museum
September 9, 2023: Harvest Festival at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
September 10, 2023: Savour Strathcona
October 5 – 8, 2023: Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair
Remember, you only have until September 3, 2023, to enter the Go East of Edmonton Roadtrip Adventure Game, but family road trip adventures can happen anytime! Happy travelling!