At Métis Crossing, Visitors Meet the Métis where they Traditionally Lived

Jolene Kisilevich #TakeItToTheLake, Highway 28, Interpretive Centre, Metis Crossing, North Saskatchewan River, Northeast of Edmonton, Smoky Lake County

By Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake This is your invitation to #TakeItToTheLake this summer. Renew yourself by getting closer to the water and don’t forget to share this with friends and family so they can enjoy all the Smoky Lake region has to offer too. Looking out on the historic Victoria Settlement on the grounds of present-day Métis Crossing, with its flourishing gardens and log-built homesteads backing onto the flowing waters of the North Saskatchewan River, one can begin to get …

Boating, Barbecuing and Chillin with Ice Cream in Athabasca County

Rebecca Isbister #TakeItToTheLake, Athabasca County, Boyle, Highway 55, Ice Cream, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Water Adventures

– Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake Lake life has a certain glamour and luxury associated with it, making it seem unattainable to some. But there’s an easy formula for a fun day on the water in Athabasca County, even if you don’t have the lakeside cottage and all the toys. Have your boat chauffeured right to the lake Athabasca Boat Rentals makes it easy to enjoy the perks of the lake. All you need to do is show up with your …

Fine food, crafty cocktails and fun on the lake – it’s all in friendly Vermilion

Jolene Kisilevich #TakeItToTheLake, Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries, Coffee & Tea, Drink, Eat & Shop, East of Edmonton, Highway 16, Local Food, Outdoor Adventures, Parks & Trails, Vermilion, Vermilion River County, Water Adventures

– Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake Here’s your invitation, and please share this with friends and family so they can come visit you this summer and/or for you to get out and renew yourself by getting close to the water; #TakeItToTheLake. Greg Smith is prepared for visitors: he has extra life jackets, paddles and watercraft for getting friends and family out on Vermilion Lake. On a sunset tour, he points out goshawks and beaver, and tells how he once found a …

Go East: #TakeItToTheLake Creators’ Showcase Highlights Rural Northeast Alberta

Rebecca Isbister #TakeItToTheLake, Athabasca County, Cold Lake, Fishing, Highway 28, Highway 55, Lac La Biche Region, MD of Bonnyville, Metis Crossing, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Smoky Lake County, Water Adventures

– Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake Is there a resurgence in rural entrepreneurialism in northeastern Alberta? A new crop of artists, outfitters and entrepreneurs stepping to the fore in communities like Lac La Biche, Athabasca, Bonnyville region and Vermilion would suggest so.  Go East of Edmonton and Festival Seekers have teamed up with the region to bring you a #TakeItToTheLake Creators Showcase – starting Aug 5 and every Wednesday through Sept 2. The #TakeItToTheLake Showcase Has so much to Uncover…. RSVP …

Discover Plamondon’s Memory Lane

Jolene Kisilevich #TakeItToTheLake, Campgrounds & RV Parks, Camping, Highway 28, Lac La Biche Region, Museums, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures

Local heritage of art, nature, and community offers a soothing escape – Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake Here’s your invitation to #TakeItToTheLake! & please share this with friends and family so they too can come visit this summer and/or for you to get out and renew yourself by getting close to the water. If you’ve ever gone back to visit your childhood home after many years away, you know the sensation. Everything is familiar but somehow smaller. In the Plamondon Mini …

Balance Challenge and Chill in Bonnyville

Rebecca Isbister #TakeItToTheLake, Bonnyville, Camping, Highway 28, Local Food, MD of Bonnyville, Northeast of Edmonton, Outdoor Adventures, Roadtrips, Water Adventures

Mini-golf, berry-picking, pies and water sports make for a rejuvenating adventure – Jeremy Derksen for #TakeItToTheLake Here’s your invitation to #TakeItToTheLake this summer! Call your friends and family too; they don’t want to miss this chance to visit you this summer and/or for you too to get out and renew yourself while you… #TakeItToTheLake. “Don’t come out here and expect to ace it,” says Darren Robson about the mini-golf at Rocky Meadows Country Getaway. “You’re gonna get schooled.” With farm …

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 …