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2016 Alberta Excursions

Our Big Backyard Summer Excursions

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Northern Alberta

The Athabasca Dunes
Ecological Reserve
Athabasca Dunes is the province's largest Ecological Reserve.
It contains part of Alberta's largest active sand dune
system - approximately 8 km from north to south and 1.5
km wide. The active dunes are a series of sand ridges.
Gregoire Lake Provincial Park
Looking for the perfect place to enjoy summer activities in
Northern Alberta? With a beach, camping, canoeing/kayaking,
fi shing, hiking, power boating, sailing, swimming,
water skiing, and windsurfi ng, Gregoire Lake Provincial
Park is where you want to be!

MacDonald Island Park
Nestled amidst the natural beauty of the surrounding
boreal forest, MacDonald Island Park is Canada's largest
community recreational, leisure, and social centre. Home
to the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, Miskanaw Golf
Club, and home of the exciting Shell Place MacDonald Island
Park works under the umbrella of the Regional Municipality
of Wood Buffalo.

Cold Lake Provincial Park
Enjoy camping, biking and hiking trails as well as a variety
of watersports at the Cold Lake Provincial Park. With
a boat launch, nine kilometres of formal trails, 117 campsites,
playgrounds and fi sh cleaning facilities, the park is
a popular destination. One of the richest birding areas in
Alberta is located around Cold Lake.

Lac La Biche
With more than 100 lakes and over 1,300 beach-side
campsites and cabins, off ering 70 per cent of Alberta’s
Class A beaches, the Lac la Biche Region is a little piece of
paradise in northeast Alberta.

The Deh Cho Trail
The Deh Cho Trail links the Mackenzie, Liard and Alaska
Highways in northern Alberta, British Columbia and the
Northwest Territories. It is a vast circle route of 3,000 –
5,400 km (1,875-3,375 mi). This is a road trip for adventure
seekers. Make it as long or as short as you wish. This section
is perfect for a family RV camping excursion.

Capital Region

The Edmonton Ballpark
(Formerly TELUS Field)
Come cheer on the Western Major Baseball League’s Edmonton
Prospects as they play right in the heart of Edmonton’s
beautiful River Valley! With Family Sundays, $2
Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and Saturday Night Movies,
there’s fun to be had for the whole family!

The Arden Theatre
The Arden Theatre has presented outstanding artistic programming
for over 30 years, off ering a variety of music,
theatre, dance, fi lm and comedy events for arts lovers of all
ages. Through its diverse, world-class programming, the
Arden has played host to many internationally renowned
artists who return time and again thanks to their exceptional
experiences with audiences and staff .

Edmonton Corn Maze
Visit Edmonton’s original corn maze where their huge,
mind-bending corn maze will keep you guessing! Each
year they unveil a new and exciting maze design and look
forward to getting thousands of visitors lost.

Elk Island National Park
Check out the herds of plains and woods bison that saunter
freely around the park. Take the Bison Backstage Tour
for the ultimate experience. Want to camp but didn’t bring
your own gear? Try Elk Island National Park’s equipped
camping program where they provide the gear – you just
show up.

Pembina River Tubing
See the magnifi cent view of the Pembina River Valley that
you have to experience to believe. The best way to see the
river in this way, is to fl oat down the gentle current, with
Pembina River Tubing. They’ll provide you with tube and
life jacket rentals, and their shuttle service will bring you
back to your vehicle. Floating down the river, you will enjoy
the 62 meter gorge created from the Ice Age, various
wildlife, and the joy of relaxing while the current drifts
along this amazing and winding river.

This year we’re doubling the excitement with 20 concerts
on two stages, new rides, new food, amazing indoor attractions
and the K-Days Pow Wow in partnership with
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation!

Movies on the Square
The fi rst four Tuesdays in August, Direct Energy and the
City of Edmonton present Movies on the Square - a FREE
outdoor movie series. Come to Sir Winston Churchill
Square to watch a family favourite fi lm. Bring your lawn
chair and enjoy the fabulous pre-movie entertainment before
taking in the blockbuster hit that will be playing on a
3-storey high infl atable screen. Closed captioning will be
off ered when available. Pre-movie entertainment begins
at 7pm. Movies start at dusk. This is a family friendly event,
so no alcohol or smoking please.

High Level Bridge Streetcar
Cross the historic High Level Bridge in a vintage streetcar
49 m (160 ft) above the North Saskatchewan River. The
views are spectacular and it’s fun for the whole family!

TELUS World of Science
A premier attraction in Northern Alberta where you can
experience interactive science like never before. The centre
features permanent galleries that bring science to life
and engage visitors of all ages; a state-of-the-art IMAX
Theatre featuring the largest screen in Alberta; a planetarium
featuring shows with an unforgettable fusion of sound
and imagery and much more. Don’t miss the International
Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes this summer!

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
History is brought to life at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage
Village, an open-air museum where costumed role-players
recreate the life of early Ukrainian pioneers that settled
in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. Step back in time
to hear real stories of hardships and triumphs in Canada’s
oldest and one-time largest bloc settlement of Ukrainian
pioneers. Find out what life was like as a Ukrainian immigrant
to Canada in the early 20th century through artifacts,
interpretation, music, and food.

Polynesian Days at Alberta Beach
JULY 29 - AUGUST 1, 2016.
This is a community event sponsored and organized by the
Alberta Beach & District Agriculture Society. It is a family
oriented event that has been taking place on the August
long weekend for over 40 years. Many events are free or
have only nominal charge. There is something for everyone:
outdoor movie night, slow pitch tournament, kids
park, parade, music festival, tug of war, pancake breakfast,
wagon rides, petting zoo, farmers market & more!

Central Alberta

Reynolds Alberta Museum
The Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, interprets
the impact of technological change in transportation, aviation,
agriculture and industry from the 1890s to the present.
Visitors will see a wide variety of vintage automobiles,
motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, stationary engines, tractors,
agricultural implements, aircraft and industrial equipment.
Go for a soar high above the canola fi elds in a 1930’s
open-cockpit bi-plane or if you prefer to stay closer to the
ground take a ride around the region in a chauff eur-driven
vintage vehicle.

Heritage Ranch
With over 217 acres of parkland, Heritage Ranch trail rides
off er many diff erent areas to explore. Their well trained
horses and friendly staff will help to make your experience
at Heritage Ranch the best it can be! Add on a lunch or dinner
option at Westlake Grill and make it an experience to

Sylvan Lake
Central Alberta’s recreation destination! A beautiful stretch
of shoreline, activities and events awaits you. Whether you
visit Wild Rapids Waterslide Park, Sylvan Lake Provincial
Park, Lakeside Go-Karts Mini-Golf, a visit to Sylvan Lake
provides endless possibilities for family fun.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
Discover Alberta Sports heros! Test your skills in the Multi-
Sport Area with virtual baseball, basketball, football,
hockey and soccer. Train for Everest on the Treadwall
Climbing Wall, or be the next famous announcer in the
“You Call the Play” Pressbox. With fun for the whole family,
a visit to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is a fun and
engaging way to learn more about the history of athletics
in our province.

Discovery Animal Park
Discovery Wildlife Park provides permanent homes for
unfortunate wildlife. Have you ever wondered what happens
at night in a zoo? Now guests can stay overnight at
the new Discovery Wildlife Park campground! Listen to
the night sounds while you are snug in your camper. In the
evening, animal keepers will provide an amazing animal
encounter (weather permitting) that will give your family a
memory to last.

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery
The Heart of the Parkland is Remarkable! It’s a place to
play, discover and learn. The MAG combines the wonderful
elements of a museum and art gallery to Inspire a
Passion for History and Art. Let historical Red Deerians be
your guides and captivate you with stories of struggle, sacrifi
ce and success that connect the Red Deer of yesterday
to today. Rotating exhibits showcase local artists, artifacts,
and brings world-class exhibitions to our city. Unlock the
recesses of your imagination with art making, take your
seat and watch historical clips in our very own “Capitol
Theatre”, attend events. There is always something new at
the MAG!

Red Deer Tourism Region
Family fun is plentiful in and around Alberta’s third largest
city and Red Deer’s central location, family-friendly
attractions and fun events makes it a great spot for a summer
getaway. The best part is that many of the top attractions
are free of charge. In addition to several free outdoor
splash parks and playgrounds, you can cycle or walk
along the beautiful trails, visit Kerry Wood Nature Centre,
and check out the animals at Sunnybrook Farm Museum.
For free festival fun, enroll the kids in Circus School at Centrefest
or take in the Westerner Days parade.

Westerner Days
Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration, Westerner
Days Fair & Exposition, brings the fun this year from July
20-24 at Westerner Park. Enjoy fi ve days of top quality, truly
authentic, action-packed entertainment! This event has
everything that people are looking for in summer festivities
– live entertainment, good food and great company.

Dinosaur Provincial Park
Visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park is like stepping into another
world. There's a chance for a new discovery around
every corner! Explore badlands, camp under the stars or
participate in an authentic dinosaur dig. Be amazed by
the abundant fossils, unusual wildlife and stunning landscapes
of this UNESCO World Heritage Site near Brooks,
Alberta. If you'd like to take a guided tour into the park's
Natural Preserve, we highly recommend booking your tour
seats ahead of your visit. These programs are very popular
and sell out during the summer months.

Southern Alberta

Waterton Inter-Nation
Shoreline Cruise
Hope on board a scenic cruise from Canada to the United
States. Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain
scenery the Rocky Mountains have to off er. View majestic
towering cliff s, unique geological formations, beautiful
waterfalls, snow clad mountain peaks and the International
Border. Bring your camera; tour boats make photographic
and wildlife stops. Bald eagle, bear, moose, deer,
mountain sheep and mountain goats are often seen.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton is quiet, uncrowded National Park. The perfect
place to view spectacular scenery, wildlife and enjoy outstanding
recreational opportunities. Discover nature at
its best... Year Round!... A rare gem tucked into the southwestern
corner of the province of Alberta, Canada. In
this breathtaking part of the world, the majestic Rocky
Mountains rise suddenly out of the rolling prairies. Amid
the peaks are the lakes of Waterton Lakes National Park,
carved out of the rock by ancient glaciers.

Wild West Badlands Tours
During your visit to Drumheller enjoy a 3 1/2 hour tour
where your guide will pass along colourful stories of
downtown Drumheller and the history of the Badlands.
While visiting the Ghost Town of Wayne you'll stop for a
break at the Rosedeer Hotel and Last Chance Saloon.
Numerous "out of the way" highlights are included in this
tour. Tour available in mornings or afternoons. Visit former
mining communities and East Coulee to view the Atlas
Coal Mine, a National Historic Site. You’ll also see the Royal
Tyrrell Museum and the World's Largest Dinosaur.

Vulcan Tourism and Trek
This one of a kind visitor information centre was built to
look like a landed space station. and is home to a large
collection of Star Trek Memorabilia, the Galaxy Souvenir
Gift Shop, and of course: tourist information from around
the county and the province. Open year round, the unique
Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station is designed to look like a
landing spacecraft. As you enter the building, the stars and
nebula of the “Trek Station’s” fl oor to ceiling space murals
will have you feeling that you have stepped into outer
space. You will be greeted by the Trek Station’s Captain
and friendly crew members who are on hand to answer all
of your questions about Vulcan’s fi ctitious association with
Star Trek’s Mr. Spock.

Royal Tyrrell Museum
of Palaeontology
The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology celebrates the
spectacular diversity of life on Earth, from the tiniest grain
of pollen to the mightiest dinosaur. The world-renowned
museum and research facility is situated in the rugged Canadian
Badlands, only 90 minutes northeast of Calgary in
Drumheller, Alberta. Canada’s only museum devoted exclusively
to palaeontology off ers something for everyone.
Discover your adventure at


Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

June 25th, 2015  

The Heart of the Parkland is Remarkable! It’s a place to play, discover and learn. The MAG combines the wonderful elements of a museum and art gallery to Inspire a Passion for History and Art. Let historical Red Deerians be your guides and captivate you with stories of struggle, sacrifice and success that connect the Red Deer of yesterday to today. Rotating exhibits showcase local artists, artifacts, and brings world-class exhibitions to our city. Unlock the recesses of your imagination with art making, take your seat and watch historical clips in our very own “Capitol Theatre”, attend events. There is always something new at the MAG!

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