Tuning in to Vermilion

Cody Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries, Comfort Food, East of Edmonton, Highway 16, Vermilion, Vermilion River County, Winter Adventures

Ski, eat, drink and soak up good vibes Jeremy Derksen for #SkiNorthAB Amber Howard strikes a tuning fork and places it, vibrating, on my chest. It reverberates through my core. Crystal therapy is not an experience I would have anticipated from a small town in northeastern Alberta, but Vermilion is always full of surprises. Locals here support new ideas, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. Maybe, being a regional hub for cross-country skiing, rowing and academics (among other things), embracing positive momentum …

Sweet beginnings and endings on a winter adventure in Bonnyville

Cody Bonnyville, Highway 28, MD of Bonnyville, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Winter Adventures

Jeremy Derksen for #SkiNorthAB Settled in next to the fire at the T-Bar Lounge, Alexa Prodaniuk and Trevor Makaruk are roasting marshmallows and laughing as they look back on their afternoon snowboarding at Kinosoo Ridge, in Bonnyville, Alberta. The decadent s’mores kit they’re enjoying, and the hot chocolates topped with whip cream, chocolate drizzle and maraschino cherries, are the icing on a full day of winter adventure. It’s a running in-joke between the young married couple that Trevor often leaves …

From beginner to bush ready in a day with Trapper Paul

Cody Highway 55, Lac La Biche Region, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Winter Adventures

Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake Riding along with a traditional Métis trapper will transform your understanding of what it means to be connected to the land. “Seeing it in person, there’s a lot more respect and appreciation on the trapper’s end than people might conceive,” says Derek Shackleton, who, with his girlfriend Cate, spent a day out on the trapline with longtime trapper Paul Padlesky recently. Rediscovering that connection is part of what has inspired programs like “Tales from the Metis …

Go Hut to Hut Cross-Country Skiing in Lac La Biche

Cody Highway 55, Lac La Biche Region, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Parks & Trails, Winter Adventures

Jeremy Derksen for #SkiNorthAB Although you can still see the town of Lac La Biche in the distance if you squint carefully, Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is separated from the town’s daily bustle – if you can call it that. And that is the key to its appeal: once you cross the bridge to the island, you are disconnected both literally and figuratively. No traffic, few if any people, and absolute quiet. It’s the perfect place to discover – …

Tales From the Trapline: Winter Experience

Cody Attractions, Events, Highway 28, Interpretive Centre, Metis Crossing, North Saskatchewan River, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Smoky Lake County, Winter Adventures

Make snares, survival shelters and traditional crafts at Metis Crossing By Jeremy Derksen For Lilyrose Meyers, trapping represents not just a livelihood but a way of life. With the decline of the industry in recent decades, she sees that way of life disappearing, and with it, the positive effects it can have for ecosystems. “The land is important to us, it’s a live thing — it changes. The trees … the animals … you have to look after them,” she …

Snow Fever – The Lakeland Region’s Premier Winter Festival

Jolene Kisilevich Cold Lake, Highway 28, Lakeland Region, MD of Bonnyville, Northeast of Edmonton, Winter Adventures

Now in its second year, Snow Fever is becoming the Lakeland’s premier winter festival. NO Need to be concerned about the weather and Cold Temperatures! The Organizers are getting warming tents, moving events indoors and doing All they can to make this a Family FUN event still! Pull out your favorite toque, scarf and mittens to enjoy the snow and ice while we have it… we’re on the tail end of 2019 winter!! Check out their Facebook page for all …

The Giving Continues with Go East of Edmonton

Jolene Kisilevich Announcement, Lac La Biche Region, Winter Adventures

January E-Newsletter From the Go East Team – we want to express our sincere hopes that you have an Amazing New Year!! We want your year to be full of Fun Adventures with many moments of joy and laughter!! Also, that those adventures and moments are shared with us!! As we bring you information and fun happenings around the region we love to see and hear about all you experience this Wonderful New Year! To enter the contest… All you …

Elk Island National Park gets Magical in the Winter

Jolene Kisilevich East of Edmonton, Elk Island National Park, Highway 16, National Park, Parks & Trails, Winter Adventures

Wintertime visits to Elk Island National Park provides a unique perspective on the Canadian wilderness. Trails feel brand new again and every animal that stayed behind for the winter feels all the more special for braving the cold with us. There’s nothing quite like catching a glimpse of wild bison roaming the white deep snowy plains, hooves trudging through the snow or stargazing on cold winter nights. Make no mistake about it; Elk Island gets magical in the winter. And …