Start your road trip along HWY 14 at the charming Barr Estate Winery. For 20 years, Rick and Amy Barr have worked to bring the best possible fruit wines to the tables of Albertans. Experience the difference that science and passion bring to hand-crafted fruit wine.
You can keep sampling the amazing culinary delights of the region at the Footloose Caboose near Tofield. Book your reservation in advance during the months of May to October to enjoy a delightful meal in a restored caboose and dining car. Dinners are on weekend evenings, or you can choose to reserve a table on Sundays for breakfast or lunch.
While visiting Tofield, you are in a globally recognized bird watching area. Local lakes are teeming with migratory birds. If you’re new to birding, or would like to learn more, stop by the Beaverhill Nature Centre to discover more about our feathered friends, and the basics of how to spot a bird.
Once you’ve stopped by the museum, head out to the Beaverhill Observatory with a pair of binoculars and spend some quality time observing the comings and goings of the birds in a tranquil setting.
While in Tofield, check out their Farmers Market where you will find a wide array of produce, delightful crafts, and handmade goods for your family and friends.
Just a little further down HWY 14—and within easy driving distance of Edmonton—are the amazing “black sand” traps of the Coal Creek Golf Course near Ryley. You play through mining history at Coal Creek as many of the water features are built in original coal pits. There is no other course like it.
If you are a camper, you can choose to stay a while at Black Nugget Lake Campground, a beautiful spot to park your RV or pitch a tent.
Your next road trip stop is the quaint and inviting Village of Holden, where art aficionados will be delighted to find the Art Gallery housed in a historic church.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, head on down to the Bruce Hotel in Bruce for outstanding Friday or Saturday night supper. Patrons are known to travel for hundreds of kilometers for this legendary steak dinner. Be sure to book ahead of time, and remember that it is an adults venue with no minors.
The town of Viking is home to the Viking Historical Museum: an indoor/outdoor museum of restored historical buildings that are home to farming implements and other facets of everyday farm life from the early 20th century.
If you’re looking for a magnificent image to wow your Instagram friends, keep on going down HWY 14 to the Fabyan Trestle Bridge, just outside of Wainwright. This spectacular bridge was completed in 1908 and is the second largest trestle bridge in Canada.
The town of Wainwright is your next stop and you’ll be charmed by their downtown shopping district, museums, and other attractions. Wainwright is a community full of history and a major centre in the region. You can explore their numerous events held throughout the year, or plan to stop at the Wainwright District Museum, which details the history of the buffalo in the region and the prisoner-of-war camp from the mid 20th century.
Finish off your road trip with a jaunt to Ribstone Creek Brewery. This award-winning craft brewery in Edgerton has their taproom open on Fridays and Saturdays.