This travel package is short on driving times but big on things to see and do. Get up close and personal with buffalo, paddle in an authentic Métis Voyageur canoe and see the world’s largest dinosaur! Families will love this adventure but there is truly something for everyone in this circle route.
$737 per person*
May - September
Family Fun with Bison and Dinosaurs Itinerary
Four-star luxury awaits you at the River Cree Resort and Casino. Elegant accommodations and thoughtful amenities ensure a comfortable stay and an excellent location to make your stay unforgettable. Set on 49 acres of picturesque property, this hotel features a casino, a choice of dining, entertainment and indoor swimming pool. A bonus is the free shuttle to West Edmonton Mall, with its myriad of shops, Galaxyland Amusement Park and Water World that includes a wave pool, water slide and waves for surfing!Website: www.RiverCreeResort.com
There is a ton of family fun to be had in the Edmonton area. For an afternoon of relaxed, outdoor activity, a great choice is Fort Edmonton Park.
Open May to the end of September, Fort Edmonton Park takes you on a journey through the city’s incredibly rich history. Start your adventure at the 1846 Hudson’s Bay Company Fort of the Fur Trading era. Take a horse-drawn wagon or catch a ride on a vintage street car. Say hello to the animals at Ottewell Farm, get your picture taken in historical costumes, and test your gaming skills at the Penny Arcade.Website: www.FortEdmontonPark.ca
Our Super 8 Smoky Lake hotel is situated in the Pumpkin Capital of Alberta near Mons Lake. We offer comfortable, affordable accommodations whether you are with us just one night, or are planning to stay and enjoy the area.Website: www.WyndhamHotels.com
Elk Island is basically Jurassic Park, except the creatures outside your vehicle are slightly more cuddly: bison, elk, moose, white-tailed deer and mule deer. Experience beautiful boreal forest and wetlands hiking, bird and bison-watching and local storytelling. The protective environment of Elk Island Park has an abundance of species including Plains and Wood Buffalo, over 250 species of birds and of course: Elk!
Continue on to Smoky Lake and visit Metis Crossing (45 minute drive) McKenzie McMillan [email protected] page 6 of 9 Continue on to Smoky Lake and visit Métis Crossing (45 minute drive) Along the way watch for old wooden grain elevators and hawks flying over grain fields.
Enjoy tours of the museum, historical village, restored homesteads with a farm machinery display, photo gallery, gift shop, outdoor stage, and multiple gardens. The nature trail tour along the North Saskatchewan River is very informative and breathtaking. The scenic site is the perfect place to spend the day, have a picnic, and just relax in the tranquility and beauty of the area.Website: www.TravelAlberta.com/ca/Places-To-Go/National-Parks/Elk-Island-National-Park
4 hour Victoria Trail Voyageur Experience
$59 per adult or $39 per youth
- Immerse yourself in Métis culture
- Follow the fiddle as you learn the steps of the Red River Jig
- Step back into the 1860’s during the fur-trade era at Fort Victoria
- Sample tea & licorice made on a wood stove
- Find out how tricky it is to set a trap
- Sing French Voyageur songs while paddling in a Voyageur canoe
- Discover Beaver habitat
- Enjoy Indigenous inspired cuisine
- Camp in comfort (i.e. trappers tent) or bring your RV or tent
The amenities at this four-star hotel make it perfect for families. Parents can enjoy the hot tub while kids have fun in the pool and waterslide. Free breakfast, free WiFi, and laundry facilities add to the convenience. Family and oversized rooms are available.Website: www.WyndhamHotels.com/Ramada/Drumheller-Alberta/
Located at the end of Dinosaur Trail, The Royal Tyrrell Museum is the only museum in Canada dedicated to the science of paleontology, which means you’re going to see a lot of very large, very fascinating and very old fossils here. Nine galleries showcase over 365 million years of evolution on land and sea. You’ll walk beside reconstructed skeletons of some of the largest and most fierce creatures ever to roam the earth, explore the deep blue body of water that once engulfed what is now the Alberta Badlands, and feel the chill of the Ice Age.
Outdoors there’s plenty to explore too. You are in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, home to the hoodoos – unique and impressive landforms that are stark in their beauty, and a steadily eroding landmark that will at some point in time meet the same fate as the prehistoric beasts housed within the museum’s walls.Website: www.TyrrellMuseum.com
The Sawridge Edmonton South is at the center of it all; close to the airport, downtown and for shoppers, it is only a short hop to the famous West Edmonton Mall, Southgate Centre and the eclectic Old Strathcona District. The hotel features spacious guest rooms, an inviting lobby and warm dining atmosphere. Plus, with its pet friendly rooms, the hotel also welcomes the four-legged members of your family.Website: www.Sawridge.com/Our-Hotels/Edmonton-South
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:
- Métis Crossing
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Edmonton
- Elk Island National Park
- 1 night accommodation in Smoky Lake
- Voyageur Canoe Experience
- 1 night accommodation in Drumheller
- Royal Tyrrell Museum
* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.
** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.
Family Fun with Bison and Dinosaurs Image Gallery
River Cree Resort and Casino
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Sawridge Inn, Edmonton
Super 8, Smoky Lake
Ramada by Wyndham Drumheller Hotel & Suites