Looking to get away from Edmonton over spring break, but just for the day? There are plenty of day trips perfect for the whole family.
Here are just 10 ideas for a spring break day trips from Edmonton.
Elk Island National Park
With a national park so close to the city, there’s no excuse not to go! Spend the day cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing – keeping an eye out for herds of bison – ending the day with a campfire under the stars.
Celebrate all things machine! Learn the history, watch the restoration workshop in action, or take part in the hands-on activities in machines ranging from the Model T to a biplane.
6426 40 Ave, Wetaskiwin
Is a milkshake made from real ice cream and fruit and fresh, flame-broiled burgers worth a drive to Red Deer (131 Leva Ave, Red Deer)? Absolutely. With over 30 flavours of milkshakes, it really is “The Drive-In you can’t drive by.” While you are there, visit Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Kerry woods Nature Centre, other fun places to visit Red Deer family fun attractions.
Peter’s Drive in is scheduled to open an Edmonton location in the fall of 2019 between Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard at 51 Avenue.
Paint the Ice at Sylvan Lake
Head to Sylvan Lake on March 23 to help Paint the Ice at the curling rink! Let the artistic side of you out and paint something to decorate the sheet of ice. There’ll even be pros on site for inspiration.
Depending on the weather, you can go skating on Sylvan Lake and enjoy other fun winter activities.
UFO Landing Pad
Visit the attraction that’s out of world! The world’s first UFO landing pad not only welcomes any possible aliens, but it welcomes you to St. Paul. The info centre next door is filled with photos of crop circles and UFOs.
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
With 20 km of backcountry trails filled with wildlife, the park is a great spot for cross-country skiing and winter hiking. They even welcome skijoring (skiing with dogs!).
Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Visit this four-season outdoor adventure centre so close to the city. Explore world class groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Enjoy spotting birds, moose and deer while you hike the numerous trails that showcase urban wildlife.
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52535 Range Road 212, Ardrossan
Looking to get lost in the great outdoors, but don’t want to get lost in any crowds? The smaller Chickaroo Lake is perfect for winter activities. All the trails are regularly groomed, so it’s a great place to learn to ski and snowshoe.
Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre
History was made in 1937 with the discovery of Leduc #1 – and you can learn all about it on a guided tour of the historic site. The engaging program and museum is Alberta’s foremost energy science museum, perfect for families with kids full of questions.
50339 AB-60, Leduc County
Looking for more of a road trip? The Vegreville Pysanka is the photo op you’re looking for. Eighteen feet wide, 27.5 feet long, and 31 feet high, you’ll see your destination long before you arrive, and it will stay for a long time in your spring break memories. Stop at Ceramic Cottage (5017 50 St, Vegreville) for Ukrainian ceramic gifts.
Article by: Sarah Chestnutt