13 Spontaneous Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Edmonton - Narcity

13 Spontaneous Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Edmonton

We're going on a road trip!

It's officially road trip szn, and we couldn't be any more excited! With the weather being so nice, you've got no excuse not to get outside and take advantage of it while you've got the time!

Over the next few months, while school is at the back of your mind, take the time to make plans to hit the road and see some of our province's most beautiful and unique spots! We know a weekend trip isn't always ideal or possible, but there's plenty of day trips to be taken!

Coordinate with your friends, and when all of you can link up, plan to hit up one, or all, of these amazing day trips that are less than three hours from Edmonton:

Have a beach day in Sylvan Lake

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Time from Edmonton: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Alberta isn't known to be a spot for beach days, but Sylvan Lake is about as close as it gets! Pack some snacks, SPF, a bathing suit, and your favourite pool floatie, and get ready for a day full of fun in the sun!


Go canoeing down the North Saskatchewan River

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

What better way to spend a summer day than floating down the river? Take off from either Devon or Genesee and get ready to have the time of your life! If you don't own a canoe, there are several companies who can assist you in renting one!


Spend a day in the University of Alberta Botanic Garden

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

If you want to liven up your IG feed, this is the perfect spot to do it! Bring along your camera and get ready to snap some bright, fun picturs of you and your friends! Pack a picnic lunch as well to make a whole day of your trip and enjoy the gardens for longer.


Spend a day with the dinosaurs in Jurassic Forest

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

You've heard of Jurassic Park, but did you know that Alberta has it's own version called Jurassic Forest?! This cool little park, just 40 minutes outside of Edmonton, is full of massive dinosaurs for you to come face to face with and explore. There's also dinosaur mini golf, which sounds like a ton of fun!


Do some shopping at the St. Albert Farmer's Market

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Time from Edmonton: 30 minutes

The St. Albert Farmer's Market is known as the largest outdoor Farmer's Market in Western Canada, so we say you should visit at least once! Even if you don't plan on buying anything, it's still tons of fun to interact with people, do some window shopping, or pick up some samples!


Go for a stroll through Elk Island National Park

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

Other national parks, like Banff and Jasper are usually riddled with tourists. Elk Island National Park is a lot more lowkey, and just as beautiful! Take a hike, or bring your bike along to go for a relaxing ride.


Hangout with the animals at Discovery Wildlife Park

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Time from Edmonton: 2 hours

If you're in a bad mood, hanging out with some of your favourite animals may be just what you need to cheer up! Discovery Wildlife Park is home to some amazing creatures, including lions, giant tortosies, and bears!


Go tubing down the Pembina River

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Time from Edmonton: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Yet another river nearby Edmonton for you to explore is the Pembina. The Pembina River Tubing company will rent floaties to you, so you don't have to bring your own! All you need is good company and your bathing suit!


Visit the UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul

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Time from Edmonton: 2 hours

This one's unique for sure. In St. Paul, you'll find the world's first UFO Landing Pad, just waiting to be explored! It was opened in 1967, and during the opening, St. Paul was declared the Centennial Capital of Canada!


Spend the day relaxing at Alberta Beach

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Time from Edmonton: 1 hour

One of the only beaches in the province, you'd be insane not to make a day trip to Alberta Beach! Bring along a book or headphones if you're making a solo trip, or plenty of SPF and food if you're going with your crew!


Explore the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

If you want to get in touch with nature, or feel like a Disney princess, we recommend a drive out to the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary! Take a walk through the beautiful woods, and listen to the calming sounds of nature around you. Don't forget your camera!


Get a history lesson from the Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

There's always something to do and see at the Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village. Whether you're after good food, live entertainment, or some fun facts about Ukranian Culture, you definitely won't be disappointed.


Go for a hike through the Strathcona Wilderness Centre

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Time from Edmonton: 40 minutes

The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is a beautiful spot, particularly during this time of year! Lace up your hiking shoes and get ready to go on an adventure through the forrest and grass; who knows what you'll uncover?!

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