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Athabasca Lookout Hike- William A. Switzer Provincial Park

The Athabasca Lookout Trail leads to one of the most picturesque viewpoints in William A. Switzer Provincial Park near Hinton.  From the Athabasca Lookout Viewpoint, and at several spots along the forested ridge trail, you’ll get to enjoy panoramic views of the Joachim Valley and front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The Athabasca Lookout hike...

Kayaking Mayatan Lake- Parkland County

Mayatan Lake, in Parkland County, is a wonderful kayaking spot west of Edmonton. This sheltered lake has two basins connected by an easy to paddle narrows and features a forested shoreline, clear water, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Kayaking Mayatan Lake The public launch area at Mayatan Lake is in Mayatan Lake Estates, at the end...

Kayaking Jarvis Lake- William A. Switzer Provincial Park

Kayaking Jarvis Lake is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the peaceful beauty of William A. Switzer Provincial Park near Hinton. Jarvis Lake is one of five lakes in the park but is a top choice for kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding thanks to its scenic shoreline and wildlife viewing opportunities. The lake is...

Big Knife Provincial Park- Visitor Guide

Big Knife Provincial Park is a quiet recreation area located alongside a section of the Battle River, in the northern part of the Canadian Badlands. The park has a campground, day use area, playground, and a boat launch offering access to the river. There are also some hiking trails that showcase the park’s diverse scenery,...

Wabamun Lake Provincial Park- Visitor Guide

Wabamun Lake Provincial Park is a popular campground, day use, and recreation area near the town of Wabamun, west of Edmonton. The lakeside day use area provides easy access to water sports and hiking trails, while the large campground offers forested campsites. Things to Do at Wabamun Lake Provincial Park Wabamun Lake Provincial Park has...

Nordegg Hiking Guide- Hikes Near Nordegg and Abraham Lake

The Nordegg and Abraham Lake area is one of the best hiking destinations in Alberta. Not only is the area easily accessible from central Alberta, but the Nordegg hikes also showcase some of the province’s finest scenery. When you go hiking near Nordegg, you’ll discover opportunities to summit mountains, get close to waterfalls, look down...

Coliseum Mountain Hike- David Thompson Country

Coliseum Mountain Trail is one of the top Nordegg hikes thanks to its close proximity to town and the moderate effort required to reach the summit “cap”.  It’s also one of the closest mountain hikes to Edmonton. After climbing through the forest on a series of well-graded switchbacks, the trail traverses a scenic curving ridge...

Things to Do Near Stettler- A Nature Inspired Weekend Getaway

Stettler, in east-central Alberta, has long been known for its Wild West themed train excursions, but the town also makes a great base for exploring nature. With a surprisingly diverse landscape, visitors can enjoy badlands, coulees, forests, lakes, rivers, and an undulating knob and kettle terrain, all without travelling far from Stettler. Within these scenic...

Crescent Falls Hike- David Thompson Country

The Crescent Falls hike is an active way to discover one of Alberta’s most beautiful waterfalls. While you can drive to the observation deck at the brink of the waterfall, the easy hike along the top of Bighorn Canyon offers a stunning panoramic view of Crescent Falls. From the trail you get a wide view...

Crimson Lake Provincial Park- Visitor Guide

Crimson Lake Provincial Park is a recreation area near Rocky Mountain House offering year-round camping, hiking and biking trails, a beach, pier, and boat launch. The park is split into two nearby sections- the Crimson Lake area and the Twin Lakes area. Both parts of the park have their own campground, day use area, group...

Amerada Trail- Crimson Lake Provincial Park

Nature lovers and casual hikers will enjoy exploring Amerada Trail, an easy hike near Rocky Mountain House. Located in Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Amerada Trail (also known as Crimson Lake Loop) passes through forests and wetlands as it circles the perimeter of Crimson Lake. There are plenty of opportunities for bird sightings and viewpoints along...

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