Wide open spaces to get lost in Alberta this summer


Stevie Froese, ZenSeekers

For a lot of us, the past year has been a whirlwind of social distance anxiety and confusion. Let's change that. Get lost in Alberta's wide-open, outdoor havens close to home to recharge and rejuvenate your soul.

ZenSeekers recommends following your region's advice on road trips, travel and park usage. If you're not a local, you can use these ideas as a virtual getaway until it's safe to travel - these places are worth the wait! 

Southeast Alberta

Medicine Hat
Photo: Andrew Penner
Red Rock Coulee

Medicine Hat: Approx. 3 hours southeast of Calgary

As the sun dipped below the western horizon, the cloud-streaked sky turned crimson red. To the north and south, shades of pink, purple, and orange added some extra warmth to the final glow.

Read on: Grow Your Glow In These Southeast Alberta Hot Spots
Watch Build Your #BucketlistAB in Medicine Hat & Area on YouTube.

Southwest Alberta

Crowsnest Pass
Photo: Andrew Penner
Crowsnest Pass is perfect for exploring.

Approx. 2.5 hours south of Calgary

While the hike to the top of Turtle Mountain is certainly a bucket list activity in the Crowsnest Pass, it’s one of many awesome adventures in this mountain-filled region in the southwest corner of the province.

Read on: Human Powering Through The Crowsnest Pass
Watch Human Powering Through The Crowsnest Pass on YouTube.

East-Central Alberta

Photo: Doc Pow
Head out for a paddle in the Vermilion River Valley.

Approx. 2 hours east of Edmonton

Pack your fishing rod, a tent, and your watercraft of choice, because the park located in the Vermilion River Valley stretching for 14 kilometres, includes a fully-serviced campground with 98 sites and a stocked trout pond.

Read on: Vermilion by The Water
Watch Vermilion by The Water on YouTube.

Northeast Alberta

Cold Lake is a water-lover's paradise.

Approx. 3 hours northeast of Edmonton

It’s incredible when you start to think about how many different activities involve water. Paddleboarding, kayaking or Flyboarding in the summer. Get yourself lake side and uncover a whole bunch of action that awaits.

Read on: Action Awaits Cold Lake Side
Watch Action Awaits Cold Lake Side on YouTube.

Wood Buffalo

Northern Lights
Photo: Robert Murray
The magical Aurora in northern Alberta.

Approx. 4.5 hours north of Edmonton.

The allure of the elusive Aurora. Like a moody diva, she may or may not decide to dance for you. But out here, it’s clear and the constellations have taken their place in the sky like actors on a giant black velvet stage.

Read on: It’s a marvelous night for a sky dance

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