The province of Alberta offers visitors a wide range of excellent accommodations across its many premier cities and towns. In the northern region of AB, the thrills and adventures seemingly never end, whether you visit Edmonton, Stony Plain, Fox Creek, or Cold Lake. Plan your winter or spring visit to northern Alberta soon, and discover all the very best this region has to offer.
As you begin your winter or spring tour through northern Alberta, the city of Wetaskiwin will yield full days of fun. The Alberta Central Railway Museum is a must-see, and the Wetaskiwin District Heritage Museum will offer unique and edifying perspectives. And any visit to Wetaskiwin should always include a pleasant tour of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.
The Rexall Place is a premier event venue in northern Alberta, and a highlight of any stay in Edmonton. Early 2018 will feature some excellent performances – plan your journey into Edmonton accordingly.
The Edmonton EXPO Centre is another top destination for live shows, events, and more. The EEC will be hosting the 38th Annual RV Show from February 8th to 11th, and the Edmonton World of Wheels from March 2nd to 4th.
One of Edmonton’s most charming suburbs is Sherwood Park. Be sure to include Sherwood Park on your list of places to see during your spring trek through northern Alberta.
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Plenty of U-pick farms, wineries, farmers’ markets, and festivals are scattered throughout northern Alberta. Cities like Edmonton, Camrose, and Grande Prairie are teaming with opportunities for agritourists, so get your sun hats ready.
Edmonton – Alberta’s capital – has not forgotten its agricultural roots. Pick all sorts of berries at the Bevilaqua and Horse Hill Berry Farm, or bring home some currants and saskatoons from Berry Ridge. Check out the Berry Farm in Sherwood Park, head to Stony Plain for Saskatoon Valley Orchards, or visit T & D's Saskatoons in Saint Albert.
In northeast Alberta, H’ Evans Berries has saskatoons, strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb in Cold Lake. Alberta’s northwest region features Peace Cherry Ranch in Berwyn, McLaughlin’s Berries & Trees in Peace River, and Cross Creek Orchards in Nampa.
The Camrose area offers even more stops for agritourists. The Crossing Farms in Galahad features U-pick saskatoons and picnic areas, while Hughenden’s Poplar Hollows Berry Farm has apples, raspberries, and rhubarb.
For those looking to browse instead of pick, check out farmers’ markets in the northern prairie. Check out the High Level Farmer's Market in High Level, Grande Prairie Farmers' Market in Grande Prairie, and the Grande Cache Farmers Market in Grande Cache, and Darwell Farmers' Market in Darwell. Westlock features two markets: Westlock Farmers Market and Westlock North Country Market – and the nearby Barrhead Farmers Market in Barrhead.
Other agritourists spots include the annual Pumpkin Festival in Redwater, and the en Santé Winery in Brosseau – also the site of Pork Palace Orchard, featuring wild black cherries, raspberries, sea buckthorn, apples, and crabapples.
Established in 1913, Elk Island National Park is located in northern Alberta – just east of Sherwood Park and the Edmonton metropolitan area. Spanning across the Yellowhead Highway, Elk Island covers 194 square kilometres.
Drawing over 220,000 annual visitors, this island of conservation preserves land and wildlife – including bison. Elk Island is always open, and features hiking, kayaking, and golfing, plus winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Canada’s largest national park, Wood Buffalo National Park stretches across 45,000 square kilometres. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wood Buffalo is found both the southern Northwest Territories, and northern Alberta – northeast of High Level.
Wildlife viewing can deliver bison, bear, moose, and lynx – plus birdwatching for sandhill cranes, eagles, and owls. Established in 1922, Wood Buffalo is also the second largest national park on the globe. Activities range from boating, hiking, and fishing to winter sports and stargazing.