#BoomTownTrail

#BoomTownTrail

Explore Alberta via a road trip along the Boom Town Trail. Alberta’s east-central region is home to a collection of communities that are sure to impress. You might wonder “just what is to experience in this part of Alberta”?  Well here @ZenSeekers, we share these stories and videos to help inspire and educate on the abundance of experiences just waiting for you.

We are not going to lie, when we first started this project and thought about each of these small town communities, we weren’t so sure we’d have much to write and/or film about. Man were we wrong.

From funky communities home to characters you’ll want to know, to attractions that will get your heart racing, to landscapes that will take you back thousands of years and an array of events to keep you seeing the world through wider eyes - the #BoomTownTrail is perfect for those looking to make new discoveries.

Have a read to our stories, share our videos, and uncover what is in store when you travel the #BoomTownTrail.

While you are out there, share your stories and you might be featured on ZenSeekers just by including the #BoomTownTrail and #ExploreAlberta in your social media posts.

Until then, please learn more on what this region has waiting for you.

Stories

Mainstreet marquees, heritage buildings, boutique shops, craft stores, cafes and good restaurants anchor downtown, the Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre and Miquelon Lake Provincial Park give reign to the wilds just beyond town limits.

Mirror is place where you have to slow down, take your time and appreciate the finer things of rural living, like heirloom furniture, hardy vegetables, bright flowers, horse riding, fresh homemade baking and downhome rural Albertan hospitality.

In Clive, AB – a town of just 700 northeast of Red Deer – even the ghosts know how to have a good time — sometimes well past closing time. At least, that’s according to Dale Bright, co-owner of the Clive Hotel.

As you head east through Central Alberta, through Red Deer County from Highway 2 to 2A to Highway 21, the towns seem to get progressively smaller and the space in between get wider. No — not wider, that doesn’t quite capture it. Bigger, broader, more open and expansive. I don’t know if there’s a single word that exists to explain the sensation: the feeling of leaving behind the urban buzz of modern life for the solitude of wind blowing through long grass. This is prairie-raised Alberta writer W.O. Mitchell’s territory, out beyond where the sidewalk ends.  

We are about to be robbed. Gunsmoke and pistol reports fill the prairie sky, as horses and riders bear down on us. Watching from the train car, my two sons and I are spellbound.

Ask for recommendations on where to go for a quick romantic getaway in Alberta, and the hamlet of Trochu probably won’t top the list. But somehow, like a hot prairie day that slow cooks a sultry evening tempest, the town has simmered into a romantic getaway destination.

Growing up in a small prairie town in the ‘80s, like I did, you had to make your own fun. It was an era of fast cars, wild fashion and some pretty darn good rock and roll. Probably a good thing most of us were too young to drive. But that doesn’t mean we’re too old to party now. And Three Hills gives you licence to let loose.

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