Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

48 Hours of Features along the Yellowhead Highway

Family Fun from the Saskatchewan Border to the BC Border

Jasper Skytram lookout. Credit: Jeff Bartlett @photojbartlett

Embark on a family adventure along the Yellowhead Highway, also known as Highway 16, from the Saskatchewan border to the British Columbia border. This route is packed with natural beauty, historical sites, and family-friendly activities. Here’s a two-day itinerary to help you make the most of your journey.

Day 1: Saskatchewan Border to Edmonton

Morning: Lloydminster

Start your journey in the unique city of Lloydminster, which straddles the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Border Markers: Take a photo at the famous border markers that symbolize the city’s unique bi-provincial status.

Bud Miller All Seasons Park: Enjoy a morning walk or picnic in this beautiful park, which offers playgrounds, trails, and a lake. [Link]

Giant Pysanka, Vegreville. Credit: Travel Alberta

Mid-Morning: Vegreville

Continue west to Vegreville, about 1.5 hours from Lloydminster.

Vegreville Pysanka: Visit the world’s largest Easter egg, a giant pysanka that makes for a great family photo op. [Link]

Lunch: Elk Island National Park

Drive an hour to Elk Island National Park, a great spot for a picnic lunch. [Link]

Bison Loop Road: Take a scenic drive to see bison roaming freely. [Link]

Afternoon: Edmonton

Continue west to Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city.

West Edmonton Mall: Spend the afternoon exploring North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex. Highlights include Galaxyland amusement park, World Waterpark, and Marine Life Sea Lion’s Rock.  [Link]

Fort Edmonton Park. Credit: Travel Alberta

Evening: Fort Edmonton Park

Conclude your day at Fort Edmonton Park. [Link]

Fort Edmonton Park: Step back in time at this living history museum, featuring historical buildings, costumed interpreters, and interactive exhibits.

Dinner and Overnight: Edmonton

Enjoy a family-friendly meal at one of Edmonton’s many restaurants, such as the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Stay at a family-friendly hotel in Edmonton, like the Fantasyland Hotel inside West Edmonton Mall for a unique themed room experience.

Day 2: Edmonton to Jasper

Morning: Depart Edmonton

After breakfast, head west towards Jasper.

Mid-Morning: Edson

Stop in Edson, about 2 hours from Edmonton.

65trGalloway Station Museum and Travel Centre: Learn about the history of the region and grab some local travel tips. [Link]

Lunch: Hinton

Drive an hour to Hinton for lunch.

Lunch Spot: Enjoy a meal at a local family-friendly restaurant, such as the locally-owned Old Grind.

Afternoon: Jasper National Park

Continue your journey to Jasper, about 1 hour from Hinton.

Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon: Explore one of Jasper’s most stunning natural attractions. The easy-to-moderate trails along the canyon are perfect for families. [Link]

Athabasca Falls: Visit these powerful waterfalls, accessible via a short walk from the parking area. [Link]

Evening: Jasper Townsite

Spend the evening in the charming town of Jasper.

Jasper SkyTram: Take a ride up Whistlers Mountain for breathtaking views of the Rockies. The tram operates until late, so you can catch a beautiful sunset. [Link]

Dinner: Dine at a family-friendly restaurant in Jasper, such as Jasper Pizza Place or Fiddle River Restaurant.

Overnight: Jasper

Stay at one of Jasper’s family-friendly accommodations, such as the Jasper Inn & Suites.

Bonus Tips for Families:

Parks Canada Xplorers Program: Kids can join this fun program at various national parks, including Jasper, to receive activity booklets and earn a certificate and souvenir. [Link]

Wildlife Viewing: Keep an eye out for wildlife along the highway and in the parks. Elk, bighorn sheep, and even bears are often seen.

Enjoy your family adventure along the Yellowhead Highway, filled with natural wonders, engaging activities, and memorable experiences!