Nature’s Getaway is the Perfect Destination for Road Trips from Edmonton
Your Guide to The Perfect Trip from Edmonton
Road trips from Edmonton to Nordegg can be filled with adventure! Have you ever petted a bison? Stood under a derrick or milked a cow? Maybe it’s time you plan for a totally different kind of trip when arranging your next best weekend trip from Edmonton. Alberta is full of all kinds of unique experiences from farm tours to day hikes, white water rafting and horseback riding. Travel back in time, relax, learn, make, walk, ride… there’s an adventure for everyone.
What’s a derrick? Know anything about the Devonian period? Curious about what I’m talking about? A team of seismologists, commissioned by Imperial Oil, surveyed Central Alberta in 1946. After drilling 133 dry wells they struck oil in Leduc. The Canadian Energy Museum is a fun stop full of interesting exhibits retelling the beginnings of the energy sector in Canada. Learn about Alberta’s energy history, its people, places, science, challenges, and innovations. They even have guided tours. Check out this important part of Alberta’s history.
There are plenty of activities to choose from near Edmonton and Nordegg.
Ever heard about Alberta Open Farm Days?
If you’re planning your road trip from Edmonton to Nordegg in the summertime, you may want to check it out. It’s a collaborative two-day event each year where you can go visit a farm and find out more about where your food comes from.
Meet local farmers and learn how they make/grow their products. Taste some honey, buy berries and pet cute baby animals. The kids will love this pit stop. Plan ahead by going to albertaopenfarmdays.ca and make to visit one of the over 130 participating farms. You don’t want to miss this fun, educational side trip.
Would your canine pal like to have a bit of a run? Time to stretch your legs?
Just before you arrive in Nordegg you should stop at Beaverdam Provincial Recreation Area where you can picnic, swim, boat, hike, fish or just sit and gaze at the beautiful blue water. After your quick stop it’s only 5km to Nature’s Getaway; the most relaxing overnight trip from Edmonton that you could ever plan.
Float! Do you like to go paddleboarding or kayaking?
Fish Lake Provincial Recreation Area on Shunda Lake has a dock and on a calm day it’s a great place for a quick paddle along the grassy shoreline. As well there’s hiking trails in this area and it’s only a short hop from along the way on your road trip from Edmonton to Nordegg.
Celebrating the Spirit of the Machine on your next Edmonton road trip.
Heading south from Edmonton on highway 2A visit the international award-winning Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. They house over 500 vehicles, 130 aircraft, and 5,000 pieces of agricultural and industrial equipment. Do you love cars? Come by and see a 1928 Auto Red Bug Buckboard, a 1909 White Model O Touring and a 1978 Marathon C300 (not all their artifacts are on display).
They have motorcycles, buses, bicycles, farm equipment, trucks, ATV’s, snow vehicles and aircraft. And they house the largest publicly accessible collection of trade literature in North America. You could spend hours wandering through these fabulous displays. Touch history. Wander to Wetaskiwin for a visit.
Want to stop by a gorgeous sandy beach and grab some rays on your way to your weekend trip from Edmonton?
Head west on the Yellowhead to Wabamun Lake Provincial Park and bring your paddleboard. You’ll be glad that you took the time to stop and discover this best kept secret. Sun, beach, lake, boat launch, volleyball and shaded picnic tables. Need I say more? Check out albertparks.ca for more information.
Swim, fish or hike.
When planning your road trip from Edmonton, consider stopping at Crimson Lake Provincial Park just 14kms northwest of Rocky Mountain House. There’s lots of amenities including a large, clean, sandy beach where you can swim, paddle, power boat, wind surf and 10km of trails to explore via foot or bike.
Throughout the summer they have educational interpretive programs in the park. The interpretive programs offered include Art in the Park, Music in the Park, a Wildflower/Edible Plant Walk as well as other fun activities to do.
During the winter there are well groomed trails for fat bikes, cross-country skiing, winter hiking and snowshoeing. Or bring your skates and check out the two skating rinks. You can even play hockey or go ice fishing. So take time to stop, catch a few rays and relax before continuing on to your final destination at Nature’s Getaway.
Hit the slopes.
Grab your board or skis and head to the picturesque hills of Medicine Lodge Ski Hill just off highway 12 near Bentley. They have 11 runs (various skill levels), t-bar, beginners lift, concession store and a rental shop. This hill is run by volunteers and is only a 1.5 hour drive from Nordegg. See their website for a map of the hill and their prices. After a few runs continue on to Nature’s Getaway for a hot tub under the stars.
When planning your quick trip from Edmonton, an out-of-the-way place to stretch your legs and have a picnic lunch is Graves Wildlife Sanctuary Trail at Pigeon lake. Explore the easy 3.7km woodsy trail which takes about an hour to traverse. This well groomed trail is an easy walk through beautiful wildflowers, dotted with benches along the way. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. And as a side note, this is a great place to fish so bring your gear!
Stop and cast a rod on your road trip from Edmonton
Take in some fishing on peaceful Twin Lakes. 65 km north of Manning on highway 35, Twin Lakes Provincial Recreation Area has trout stocked lakes which are restricted to non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors. You can get a fishing license in Rocky Mountain House (always be educated on fishing regulations and restrictions).
Another lake just 13km outside of Nordegg is at the Harlech Provincial Recreation Area where you will find one of the best places to fish in Allberta: Shunda Creek. There’s also a stocked trout pond where the kids can learn how to fish. There is a cooking shelter as well as a water pump, toilets and fire pits. Plan to stop for a bit and see if you can hook some supper. Bring your catch to Nature’s Getaway where you can cook a scrumptious meal in our outdoor cook house. Then spend your evening relaxing in a hot tub under our starry skies listening to the whispering pines. It’s time to unwind!
Adventure Farm West of Devon
Are the kids getting antsy sitting in the back seat? Want to get them outside and away from their screens? When planning road trips from Edmonton to Nordegg, swing by Sassy G’s Adventure Farm west of Devon. It’s an educational farm and viewing zoo, basically largest farm-themed adventure park in Alberta. Look for the purple flags and stop in for unique outdoor farm activities, giggles and games.
Tee up! There’s plenty of golf along the road from Edmonton to Nordegg
Are you interested in doing nine? Want to try a different course? There’s tons of golf course between Edmonton and Nordegg. Lakewood Golf Resort, by Sylvan Lake, is a beautiful course complete with Pro Shop, cart rentals, on-course licensed cart service, licensed restaurant (with a lovely patio), and take-out breakfast and dinner menus. It’s just under a two hour drive to Nordegg from Sylvan Lake so you have time to golf, order a take-out dinner and drive to Nature’s Getaway where you can enjoy your meal in our beautifully appointed cabins. It’s the perfect start to your best weekend trip from Edmonton.
So whether you’re interested in golfing, skiing, museums, fishing, hiking or biking, the route from Edmonton to Nordegg is riddle with lots of adventures. You can’t fit it all into one trip but Nordegg is so close to Edmonton you can visit many times during the year and take a different route each time. Nature’s Getaway is a quiet place for you to unwind, rejuvenate and bask in each of the four seasons. There’s something for everyone. Once you discover our natural paradise, you’ll come back again and again.