Fall fans rejoice; the colours have begun their change! Watching the Alberta weather cool while the leaves fall is serene; it’s one of the best things about the changing of seasons. If you’re looking to experience more of that over the coming months, we suggest taking to the trails! The Tri-Region is home to some great trail systems and parks for your adventuring whims.
Between Spruce Grove, Parkland County and Stony Plain, you have more than enough hiking trails to visit for as long as the weather remains crisp and enjoyable. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive listing to fall hiking in the Tri-Region.
Hit The Trails
Let’s start north of Stony Plain, where you can find the Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area. It’s a scenic park that spans over 480 acres of woodland area, teeming with wildlife such as moose, deer, beavers and more. The numerous trails are regularly maintained and great for walking, mountain biking and horseback riding!
Speaking of Stony Plain, the town itself is home to a whopping 46 kilometres of gorgeous trails. These trails connect much of Stony Plain, starting from Highway 16A all the way to the Westerra neighbourhood and are fantastic for fall activities like biking, rollerblading, jogging or family hiking. If you’re looking to enjoy Spruce Grove and its fall foliage, you can find the Heritage Park Trails, connecting the city and its neighbourhoods together. It’s 40 kilometres of trail, enough to last you an entire weekend! You’ll get a history lesson trawling through the different areas of Spruce Grove and its outdoor signs, learning everything about the city. Stop at the Spruce Grove Naturescape, located near downtown, on your trailblazing for a quick break that young ones will love.
Autumn photo inspiration from around the Tri-Region
Within Parkland County, there’s more trail to explore! Near the Pembina River gorge is Pembina River Provincial Park, home to gorgeous scenery and fall splendour. A major trail that runs through the University of Alberta Botanic Garden and starts at Prospectors’ Point is the Devonian Trail. It’s 6 kilometres connect the beaching and fishing destination to the botanic garden, an award winning attraction and garden extraordinaire. The former is a tranquil, dog-friendly loop alongside the North Saskatchewan River, the latter a breathtaking garden thanks to its extensive natural areas, ecological reserves and cultivated plant collections. It is home to a great trail system made to wander about. From there, you’re not too far from the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, home to beautiful boardwalked path over sprawling acres of marshland, open meadows and aspen parkland with lookouts to boot.
Afterwards, make sure to walk through downtown Stony Plain and relax with some shopping. There’s never a bad time to stock up on artisanal gifts and unique finds from local shops such as The Barn Owl, Village Fashions, Blue Diamond Jewellers, Casual Connexion or Dara’s.
Finally, relax with a pumpkin or harvest themed latte at Perks Coffee House in Spruce Grove. It’s a cozy fall refuge, the perfect place to share a post-hike latte with a friend while you post Instagrams of your autumn hike.