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By Zdenko Kahlina
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, an indoor adventurer, or just want a weekend to relax, renew and reconnect, autumn’s crisp air and vibrant colors provide the perfect backdrop in Strathcona County. Strathcona Wilderness Center provides an unparalleled outdoor opportunity for all the “leaf peepers” to escape into the autumn splendors.
Salisbury Greenhouses and Greenland Garden Centre are alive with the colors of fall transition and Christmas preparation, inviting visitors to experience all the sights, sounds, and scents of the season. Treat yourself to the splendors’ of autumn with an escape to a comfy bed and breakfast and sleep in heavenly peace.
While in the area, visit the City of Fort Saskatchewan and grab a bite to eat at the Maple Tree Grill after shopping, walking the beautiful river valley trails, or visiting the Fort Saskatchewan Museum and Historic Site. The Town of Bruderheim has just celebrated their 100th Anniversary and welcomes visitors to their “oasis in the industrial heartland” anytime. Walk more splendid trails and enjoy the wetland area in this growing community. Look to the unique urban setting of Sherwood Park for all the amenities and lots more to see and do.
Whether you are looking for an entire day trip, a leisurely afternoon drive, or an overnight getaway, the rich diversity of arts, culture, business, and outdoor activities makes Strathcona County the perfect place for a fall drive.
Fall Foliage Day Trips Under One Tank of Gas! Take an entire day or just an afternoon drive and experience the most beautiful time of year.
Edmonton to Strathcona Wilderness Centre: 30 km
Strathcona Wilderness Centre to Salisbury Greenhouse: 20 km
Edmonton to Greenland Gardens: 9 km
Let the displays, gardens, and décor of the Greenland Garden Centre inspire you! With a playground for the kids to enjoy while the adults shop, Greenland Garden Center is the perfect setting for the entire family. As the seasons transition from fall to winter, make sure to stop in and experience the ambience!
Address/Directions: 23108 Highway 16 east, located on the north side of the highway 16 at the intersection of Clover Bar Road.
Elk Island Retreat
Close to Elk Island Park and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, this private campground offers loads of hiking through a beautiful forested valley. For a truly unique experience, book an Aboriginal program and learn about Aboriginal history, cultural, and traditions. Address/Directions: From Highway 16 East, travel to Range Road 212 (Brookville Road). Proceed 13 km north to Township Road 544. Turn east and travel 5km to Range Road 205.
Strathcona Wilderness Centre
The Strathcona Wilderness Centre provides an unparalleled opportunity for all the “leaf peepers” to escape into the autumn splendour. Bring a day-pack with a picnic lunch, camera and binoculars, and head out to explore 12 km of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Check in at the Information Centre for wildlife watching tips and assistance planning your route.
Address/Directions: Located 20 minutes east of Sherwood Park on Range Road 530
(Baseline Road) and Range Road 212
Open year round, there is always something happening at Salisbury Greenhouse. Stop by for a latte or cappuccino in this spectacular setting and enjoy your shopping experience, or partake in one of the many special events that are scheduled. Come celebrate Alberta with Sherwood Park’s 1st year-round Farmers Market at Salisbury every Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:00pm!
Address/Directions: From Edmonton: Travel east on the Whitemud Freeway to Range Road 232, turn left (north) and travel 3 km to the business gates. In Sherwood Park: Travel 1km south of Wye Road on Range Road 232.
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