Go East of Edmonton and Win!
Nothing says summer fun in Alberta like a roadtrip! There are so many hidden gems in our province and endless ways to find new adventures!
Go East of Edmonton offers the Roadtrip Adventure Game, encouraging tourism in the eastern part of our province and offering the chance to win great prizes! Here’s how to play:
- Sign up online at GoRoadtripGame.ca – Signing up is key, as registered entrants will be notified of updates to the game. Plus, everyone who signs up will be entered in the draw for bonus prizes!
- Plan a roadtrip and collect FREE icon stickers in any of the 43 participating communities! Add them to your game board
- Enter your game board by September 10, 2023 to be entered to win great prizes!
- You can also win monthly and bonus prizes on social media. Post Roadtrip photos to your social media accounts with #GoRoadtrips2023 and #GoEastofEdmonton to be entered to win!
I grew up in the East of Edmonton area and was so excited to get the chance to check out some of the amazing playgrounds, spray parks and hidden gems! We are already planning our next road trip for the chance to check out more!
Hidden Gem Alberta Playgrounds East of Edmonton
We drove into the tiny village of Waskatenau and quickly found an older-but-still-fun playground. We stopped, mostly to get a photo with the super cool horse bouncer made of old tires! (it even has tire reins!) We decided to continue exploring and wandered toward the school and baseball fields and sure enough we found a super cool new playground! The girls loved all the climbers, slides and things they could turn into gymnastics bars – but by far their favourite parts were the GIANT tires set in front of the playground equipment!
- Playground Location: Holy Family Catholic School, 5124 – 51 Street, Waskatenau, Alberta
- Waskatenau notes: Wasketanau has a nature trail that we’ll explore on our next visit!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the Waskatenau sticker station at T&T Iron Horse Restaurant.
2. Smoky Lake
Our first stop in Smoky Lake was at the giant pumpkins in the town’s centre! The girls couldn’t wait to climb and play on them! A quick spin around town helped us find the amazing inclusive playground and spray park! The playground carries a farm theme, with a rural scavenger hunt spinner game that we haven’t encountered anywhere else. There is also a tractor, an umbrella spinner, a zipline and one of the most unique spring-riders we’ve ever seen. It features a baby seat plus a seat for the person who can bounce with the baby! The spray park is adorable and has a bug theme, with ant ground sprayers and a ladybug dome sprayer all set below a beautiful butterfly!
- Playground location: Heritage Park, 4612 – 54 Avenue, AB-855, Smoky Lake, Alberta
- Smoky Lake notes: Don’t skip the town’s Old Fashioned Bread Bakery and Deli! We’re already making plans to get back in October for the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the Smoky Lake sticker station at Lucky 7 Grocery!
3. St. Paul
In a town known for its UFO landing pad, the spray park could only have one theme – outer space! Small, but incredibly cool, the St. Paul spray park has spraying planets, celestial tipping buckets and a rocket slide! A lovely gazebo is just steps away, as is the lake and pedestrian boardwalk! We saw pelicans feeding in the water.
Across the greenspace, inland, we found a fantastic playground with a tall climbing tower and slide, a cool standing teeter-totter, and a cable-track zipline!!! (The BEST kind of zipline!) We could also see another, older, playground further down the field, as well as some pieces of public art.
- Playground Location: Lagasse Park, 4501 Lakeshore Drive, St. Paul, Alberta
- St. Paul notes: We didn’t make the stop at the actual UFO landing pad, so that is on our list for the next visit!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the St. Paul sticker station at the Visitor Information Centre!
4. Elk Point
It’s a small but mighty spray kingdom, and the girls absolutely loved it! The Elk Point spray park features a misting castle, a fierce dragon, and (my favourite) knights that are ready to be aimed and sprayed! The spray deck is set inside a fenced area so it’s safe for the littlest kiddos and there is a picnic shelter and porta potties on site. Across the street is the elementary school with an older-but-still-awesome looking playground!
- Playground Location: AG Ross Arena, 5326 – 51 Street, Elk Point, Alberta
- Elk Point Notes: A visit to Golden Loaf Bakery is on our list for our next visit!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the Elk Point sticker station at HomeTown Grocers!
Bud Miller All Season Park is a must-visit on a trip to or through the border city! This fabulous greenspace, in the Alberta side of the city, is packed with trails. There are also tennis courts, pickleball courts, disc golf, watercraft rentals and more! Find an older-but-still-awesome playground and the Lloydminster spray park right along the lake. There is also a smaller-but-newer playground in the north park of Bud Miller Park near the campground!
- Playground Location: Bud Miller All-Season Park, 2902 – 59 Avenue, Lloydminster, Alberta
- Lloydminster notes: Dobbin’s Candy Store is calling our names for our next visit to Lloydminster!
Vermilion has a variety of playgrounds, including a spray park, but it was the new inclusive playground at St. Jerome’s Catholic School that caught our eye! The entire playground is based in pour-in-place rubber surfacing. The girls loved the wave merry-go-round, the variety of finger mazes and games and all the super slides – including a roller slide!
- Playground Location: St Jerome’s Catholic School, 4820 – 46 Street, Vermilion, Alberta
- Vermilion notes: We’ll have our bikes with us for our next visit, so we can take advantage of the trail system in Vermilion Provincial Park!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the Vermilion sticker station at the Visitor Information Centre!
Vegreville has a few great playgrounds, but the ones that are top of mind for us are the Lion’s Club Community Spray Park and the Kinsmen Club of Vegreville’s Legacy inclusive playground! Legacy inclusive playground is located in Elks/Kinsmen park, which is also home to the World’s Largest Pysanka! The playground features a ramped main structure, pour-in-place rubber surfacing throughout, and standout attractions like a big dinosaur, a bouncing ladybug and a cool black car! The Vegreville skate park and fitness parks are also located on the same site!
The Lion’s Club Spray Park features a variety of water features – plus a really cool playground! There is a pirate ship, a whimsical cartoony car, a tall rope merry-go-round and a really fun rainbow dish-spinner merry-go-round. (Say that ten times fast!)
- Playground Locations: Kinsmen Legacy Park in Elks/Kinsmen Park, 4500 Pysanka Avenue, Vegreville, Alberta. Lion’s Club Community Spray Park, 4910 – 47 Avenue, Vegreville, Alberta
- Vegreville notes: Paddle boats are available to borrow for use in the Elks pond!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the Vegreville sticker station at the Visitor Information Centre!
8. Fort Saskatchewan
Fort Saskatchewan is close to home for us and we’ve been to many of its amazing playgrounds! One of our favourites is an off-the-beaten-path spot – the playground at James Mowat School. We love it for one big reason – the cable track zipline! This is the longest and bounciest zipline in the Edmonton area and the girls say it’s the best one around!
- Playground Location: 9625 – 82 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
- Fort Saskatchewan notes: No visit to Fort Saskatchewan is complete without a trip to Miller’s Ice Cream. You can zip into the greenspace west of the store and find the new natural playground in Legacy Park! It made our Summer 2023 Must-Visit Playgrounds list!
- Roadtrip Adventure Game Sticker Station: Find the Fort Saskatchewan sticker station at the Dow Centennial Centre!
We took a Go East of Edmonton Road Trip as part of a paid partnership with Go East of Edmonton! We’re grateful that they trusted us to help tell their story!
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