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Tours & Activities in the Edmonton Area

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Edmonton & Area, Alberta.
All-season leisure and recreational opportunities abound in Alberta's provincial capital region, where tours and activities of all sorts await. Edmonton and its surrounding communities, including Leduc, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Gibbons and Fort Saskatchewan, provide unparalleled experiences sure to delight all ages. Its orientation along the winding and picturesque North Saskatchewan River makes the region a hot spot for anglers, hikers and nature lovers alike. Edmonton's vibrant urban feel, mixed with its proximity to unsurpassed outdoor adventure, makes it a top-notch destination whether travelling for business or pleasure.

GOLF

With Edmonton at its epicentre, the region is filled with opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, including a favourite pastime in the area—golf. Golfers of all skill levels and abilities will not be disappointed by the choices available throughout the area; close to 80 courses are found in the greater Edmonton region, many of which are public or semi-private. Numerous river-side links, championship-style courses and options for nine or 18-hole rounds comprise the region's golf landscape, making for a comprehensive selection for novices to masters. Complete golf tour packages are a practical option for travellers looking to take the guesswork out of recreational planning. Visitors should note that most courses observe an April to late-October season, weather dependent, and early bookings, especially on weekends, are highly recommended.

FISHING & HUNTING

Thousands of hectares of untouched wilderness encircle the perimeter of the Edmonton region, making it a premier destination for anglers, hunters and trappers. A vast selection of tour operators and outfitters provide guided excursions into Alberta's wilds, including Edmonton-based Wizard Lake Outfitting, archery specialists offering complete packages for hunts in the central parkland, the foothills and the northern boreal forest.


Freshwater angling on secluded lakes and exclusive fishing holes is offered by Get Hooked Fishing Adventures, which features an array of packages, including half-day, full-day and multi-day all-inclusive options. Unique ladies-only getaways include one day of fishing and one day of spa treatments and shopping at the famed West Edmonton Mall.

TRAIL RIDES & PACK TRIPS

Exploring impressive river valleys and historic routes by horseback on a guided trail ride is an ideal way to uncover the true beauty of Edmonton and surrounding areas. Catering to all ages, Longriders, in Gibbons, offers guided tours of the picturesque Sturgeon River Valley on one-, one-and-half- and two-hour rides. In nearby Redwater, Silver Birch Trail Rides offers similar packages and the option of overnight pack trips. Most area operators run seasonal trips, starting in early May and continuing through autumn until as late as November, and are ideal for large groups and families.

EDMONTON CITY ADVENTURES

Boasting a burgeoning population of over 750,000 and positioned between Calgary and the prosperous oil sands projects of the north, Edmonton proper is an important educational, governmental and cultural centre of Alberta. Extensive parkland and walking trails, a vibrant commercial core, distinctive enclaves, a diverse demographic and ample cultural experiences create an eclectic and exciting setting for visitors and residents alike. Experiences of every kind are available to visitors in this world-class destination, including hot-air ballooning, indoor water park adventures, all-terrain touring, bison-viewing, golf, canoeing, auto racing, yoga and interpretive sightseeing, to name a few.

SPECIALTY ACTIVITIES

An array of unique adrenaline-filled adventures, including scuba diving instruction, indoor target shooting, bungee jumping, skydiving and indoor rock climbing, are also available to visitors of this diverse region. For those seeking a more laid-back and relaxing sojourn, a guided tour via limousine or motorcoach or an afternoon of spa pampering may be more fitting. Whether a final destination or stopping-off point during further travels across Alberta, the Edmonton area has it all.

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