Every autumn Alberta explodes with colour as deciduous trees turn from a deep green to vibrant reds and yellows. The event attracts people from all over the province to travel and take in the gorgeous fall foliage of Alberta’s countryside. Alberta’s Tri-Region is home to numerous trail systems and parks for leaf peepers to enjoy the crisp fall air and all the beautiful colours this time of year has to offer.
Spruce Grove, which is just 30 minutes to the west of Edmonton offers the Heritage Grove Park Trail system for tourists to enjoy the fall colours of the area’s well wooded surroundings. Located in the heart of the community, the protected area provides over 40KM of all weather trails and connects many of the Spruce Grove neighbourhoods together. Bring the family dog as well, Heritage Park Trail is a pet friendly leashed area. The trail system map provides the help any trail goer might nee and a chance to learn a little something about the area’s history and evolution as you experience the trail’s outdoor classrooms.
Feeling a little peckish after a stroll through the trail system of Spruce Grove? The Loft has been pegged as one of the best places in the area to grab a little bit of brunch. Sitting on the upper floor of the Sandyview Deli, the Loft has amazing selection of healthy and fresh choices to serve. The restaurant is an extension of deli and the staff pride themselves of their “try it, then buy it” philosophy where the meat you eat in the up stairs resturant can be purchased downstairs in the deli itself.
Stony Plain also has a number of trail system for leaf peppers to experience the fleeting fall foliage. The Town of Stony Plain is proud of their extensive inter-linked pedestrian trail system, which again connects many of the communities neighbourhoods and facilities. The town preserves 25KM of trails which are excellent for biking, walking, rollerblading and jogging. For the most part all stretch of trails are paved with asphalt, with some simply compacted gravel, and features plenty of benches for rest stops along your fall foliage adventure. Both Stony Plain and the community of Spruce Grove offer beautiful adventures to check out the changing leaves of Alberta’s countryside without going too far from the comfort of the city.
If you’d like to dig deeper into the natural landscape of that Alberta has to offer, Parkland County has more trails systems then there are leaves changing colours. The Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects over 348 acres of marshland, open meadows, aspen parkland and pine forests. The Aspen trees of the area turn a beautiful yellow colour in the months of September and October. The Aspen Ridge Trail is one of the more spectacular views this time of year. Come across groves of trembling aspen trees and listen to the leaves rustle in the wind as you take in the changing greens and yellows of Alberta’s Parkland Region.
Watch the birds and listen to the chatter of the red squirrels in the other parkland regions this area of the province have to offer. Pembina River Provincial Park has many trails to take in the fall foliage as well as wildlife to watch. Home to coyotes, mule deer, beavers and the occasional black bear, this provincial park is a great way to get outdoors and experience the breathtaking scenery of Alberta in the fall.
Further to the west is Wabamun lake and nested within the north-eastern shore of the lake is Wabamun Provincial Park. Explore the elaborate trail systems of the provincial park which is not only known for it’s change in colour during the fall months but also for it’s birdwatching and summertime recreation. Catch hooded mergansers, bald eagles and mallards as you adorn the trail systems of this provincial park.
Fall is a great time of year to check also check out some of the gardens the Tri-Region has to offer. The Devonian Botanic Gardens is a stunning 240 acre property southwest of Edmonton’s city centre, with cultivated gardens and plant collections. The gardens have indoor show houses and a extensive nature trail system to explore. The garden is an award winning visitor attraction and home to year-round adult and children’s educational programs. The gorgeous colours of the aspen trees in the are mix well with the strong evergreens of the area contributing to the stunning landscape central Alberta has.
If October is your favourite colour then Alberta’s Tri-Region might have exactly what you’re looking for. Come enjoy the beautiful network of walking and hiking trails in the region as you take in the impressive yellows and red of the aspen trees and the cool fall air.