Roam Wild Under Colourful Skies

Northern Alberta truly is one of Canada’s wildest and most amazing regions. Travel from the charming towns near Edmonton to Bonnyville, Grand Praire, Fort McMurray and even High Level to discover a genuinely untouched Canadian landscape of vast woods and shimmering lakes. Hike through boreal forests knowing they are part of the largest conservation area in the world and have your camera at the ready to snap the perfect photo of the wild bison and caribou that call these parts home. Come nighttime, you’ll be amazed at the sheer number of stars twinkling at you from above, especially if you happen to find yourself near Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest dark-sky preserve on the planet. Perhaps that’s why Northern Alberta is known for being one of the best Canadian regions in which to gaze at the fabled Northern Lights. Plan your visit between late September and early May for the best chances of seeing this mesmerizing phenomenon.

In the summer, the sun doesn’t set until just before midnight, so you’ll get more hours in the day to experience all that Alberta has to offer. You’ll be able to hike, kayak or go bird watching until the late hours of the night. Meanwhile, winter is perfect for outdoorsy travellers, who will have their pick of going ice fishing, skating or riding snowmobiles across the crisp, snowy landscape.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, there are also plenty of things to do in Northern with historical sights, captivating museums, excellent restaurants and exciting (indoor) events to be found throughout the region.

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