Expect great things this summer and expect great fun in the Tri-Region. With the summer comes a bevy of fantastic programming and events and you’ll be a fool if you don’t get out of your house and try and experience it all while you’ve got the chance. Here’s a sample of the highlights to look forward to this year.
If you’re looking to go camping this summer, you’ll want to get a move on and hunt down campgrounds before everybody else does. Pembina River Provincial Park is worth a trip if you’re willing to take a walk on the wild side – that is, indulge in activities like fishing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing and exciting tubing down the river. If you’re looking to stay in Spruce Grove, you can experience the camping lifestyle over at Diamond Grove RV Campground, close to many amenities both in Spruce Grove and Edmonton but boasting massive, full-sized lots and recreation services. It’s the modern approach to RV camping. If you’re looking for something more old-school, the Hubbles Lake RV Resort over in Stony Plain will not disappoint with its country garden flavour and private beach.
What are you doing July 1st? Regardless of where you spend your Canada Day in the Tri-Region, the 150th birthday celebrations and shenanigans will be great for all. Be sure to expect pancake breakfasts, live entertainment, art walks, citizenship ceremonies, and of course, fireworks. Alberta Open Farm Days, coming up in August, is a great way to support local businesses, farms and artisans. Around the same time, the Stony Plain Cowboy Festival will be kicking off a 25th year of cowboy fun.
With the sunny breeze of summer comes the sights and smells of open markets! You’ll want to explore the best markets when you can; the selection varies by the season and there’s enough to make each visit a one-of-a-kind experience. The Stony Plain Farmers’ Market is a regional institution, regularly dishing out great local produce, crafts and goods for over thirty years. Talk about commitment! The Carvel Station Farmers’ Market’s mission statement is “if it’s handmade, homegrown or locally produced, you’ll find it [here].” and they’re not wrong. Other great markets to explore include Spruce Grove’s Farmers’ Market, located on the iconic Grain Elevator Site, open nearly all year round. The market found at Seba Beach deserves a mention – awesome vegetables, perogies and most important of all, fresh fruit straight from British Columbia. The Spruce Grove Public Market, an initiative started in 2016, brings a different style of market to the Tri-Region. Inspired by public markets in bigger urban centres, these markets bring a collage of live music, food trucks, arts and crafts into one amazing experience with a unique atmosphere that you can only get in a smaller city.
There you have it – three ways to look forward to summer 2017 in the Tri-Region. Let the planning begin!