9 things to do this summer less than an hour's drive outside of Edmonton

Apr 27 2023, 4:58 pm

Need an escape from the city but don’t want to travel far? Great, here are 9 things to do less than an hour’s drive outside Edmonton.

We know fuel prices can be a crunch on the wallet at times, so the closer, the better — we get it!

From a stunning sprawling garden to a massive insect statue, some great things to do are just outside of Edmonton.

Edmonton Corn Maze


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Time from Edmonton: Approximately 30 minutes

Each new season brings a different design to the Edmonton Corn Maze, promising a new challenge for visitors for the past two decades. Within the maze, there are more than five kilometres of twists and turns, and 85 decision points to encounter to keep you guessing and wondering whether you made the right turn.

Elk Island National Park


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Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

Get in your vehicle and take a short drive east of Edmonton to visit Elk Island National Park. There you will find yourself surrounded by lakes, towering trees, and the odd bison sighting. It’s a neat place! How lucky are we to have a national park so close to the city? So get your nature on and do a hike or two while you are out there.

Happy Acres Farm

Happy Acres

Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

Less than 40 minutes west of Edmonton sits Happy Acres Farm, flush full of fresh veggies and a garden centre with eggs, honey, preserves, and home items. Farm animals are also on the property, with mini horses and d0nkeys, peacocks, sheep, pygmy goats and more.

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

Just a short drive east of Edmonton, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an open-air museum telling the story of Ukrainian settlements in east-central Alberta from 1892 to 1930. Its history is brought to life through interpreters and costumes, museums, and food outside Edmonton.

Jurassic Forest


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Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

Have you ever wanted to feel like you are in Jurassic Park? If so, Jurassic Forest near Gibbons is the place to be. You come face-to-face with prehistoric creatures like Stegosaurus and Triceratops throughout a two-kilometre trek on boardwalks. It can also be explored year-round, so you can see what a dinosaur would look like in the winter.

Alberta Railway Museum

Time from Edmonton: Approximately 30 minutes

It’s the largest railway museum in the province, and the third-largest in all of Canada, featuring more than 75 cars and locomotives, archives of railway history, and rides on vintage trains and speeders. It is, however, only open on weekends.

U of A Botanic Garden

Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

Gorgeous year-round, the University of Alberta Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for a picnic, walk, or to get some photos for the gram. Located in Parkland County, it’s just a few kilometres north of Devon. It’s a short distance for the huge reward of beautiful green space and one of the best things to do just outside of Edmonton.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is a beautiful spot, so lace up your hiking shoes and get ready to go on an adventure through the forest and grass. With plenty of wildlife and nature to enjoy, it’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to serenity and calm.

Check out a massive dragonfly statue

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Time from Edmonton: Approximately 40 minutes

Located near Wabamun Lake, this dragonfly is 30 feet long and its wings are about the same length. Thank goodness this thing can’t take flight — that would be terrifying! When you are done checking it out, may as well take a dip in Wabamun and relax — you are there anyways!

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