14 Adorable Small Towns In Alberta You Need To Visit
Bigger isn't always better.
Although it may not always seem like it, Alberta definitely has a lot more to offer than the Rocky Mountains or the Calgary Stampede. You'd be surprised how incredible the views are in some of these hidden gems.
We've compiled the perfect list of Alberta towns for you to check out on your next road trip. Pack your bags and camera, and hit the road. How many towns can you hit this Summer?
1. Athabasca, Alberta
Located about an hour and a half north of Edmonton, Athabasca is home to some incredible history and views. While you're there, be sure to check out Calling Lake Provincial Park.
2. Beaverlodge, Alberta
Just 30 minutes from the B.C. border, Beaverlodge is home to approximately 2,500 people. If roadside attractions are your thing, be sure to stop and snap a picture with the giant beaver sculpture.
3. Cardston, Alberta
4. Devon, Alberta
Devon can be found just 16 minutes outside of Edmonton. It has a population of roughly 6,500 people, and only exists because it was the site of one of the largest oil discoveries in the world. While you're there, check out the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary or the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre.
5. Edson, Alberta
6. Gibbons, Alberta
Gibbons was actually created when two smaller communities merged, and is located roughly 25 minutes outside of Edmonton. If you find yourself in Gibbons, be sure to check out Jurassic Forrest.
7. Hardisty, Alberta
Home to just over 550 people, Hardisty is known as a heavy oil production and trade site. Hardisty Lake Park is where you can find most locals soaking up the sun during the summer.
8. Killam, Alberta
Killiam is the perfect place to go if you're after authentic, small-town vibes. The local Jam Tarts Cafe is a great place to stop for food before you check out the rest of the town.
9. Mayerthorpe, Alberta
Mayerthorpe is located roughly 75 minutes northwest of Edmonton, and is an excellent place to go if you're looking to enjoy a prairie sunset. If you're interested in history, check out the Fallen Four Memorial Park, which pays tribute to the RCMP officers lost in the Mayerthorpe Tragedy.
10. Pincher Creek, Alberta
11. Rimbey, Alberta
12. Slave Lake, Alberta
If you're in northern Alberta and find yourself missing the beach, head to Slave Lake. Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park is ideal for getting some sun, or check out Dog Island Brewing for some quality drinks.
13. Stavely, Alberta
Just over an hour outside Calgary, Stavely is an authentic Alberta farming community. With a population of about 550, Stavely is a quaint town worth checking out. Willow Creek Provincial Park is also located nearby.
14. Trochu, Alberta
Trochu is located in central Alberta, just minutes away from Three Hills. Admire nature in the Trochu Arboreterum and Gardens, or take a hike through the Tolman Badlands Heritage Rangeland Natural Area.