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Want to feel super Canadian? Travel further north than most humans ever get by exploring northern Alberta. Get your bearings in the wilderness with a guided backcountry ATV tour. Even the sky isn’t the limit in northern Alberta. It’s home to the planet’s largest dark-sky preserve and a festival celebrating the Aurora Borealis. ● Backcountry: Holy solitude. Find yourself enveloped by rugged nature and you might be able to imagine what fur traders and First Nations hunters felt here many years ago. ● Camping: Just because you’re up north doesn’t mean you can’t camp on a white sand beach. Why hello, Lesser Slave Lake. 
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Peace River | Jeff Bartlett

Beaver Lake | Ryan Jackson

Full disclosure, I am one of the dummies. However we always get questions about fishing at Peace River Cabins and Outdoors so here is a collection of half-truths, gained from impolite grilling of successful fishermen, anecdotes and general references.

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Attractions

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Dr. Woods House Museum

Leduc, Alberta

This Museum was the home of one of the first doctors in the area, Dr. Robert Woods and family. Dr. Woods practiced medicine right out of his own home in the fully restored attached medical wing. Built in 1927 for Dr. Woods, the house is a fine example of craftsman style architecture decorated in the Art Deco period. It charmingly illustrates an upper-middle class lifestyle from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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The Flipside Consignment & Loan

Slave Lake, Alberta

The Flipside Consignment and Loan is a unique charming store that provides a little something for everyone. We have furniture, home décor, antiques, scrapbooking supplies, yarn, tools, houseware items and showcase a lot of local artisans. You never know what you'll find at The Flipside.

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Pottery by Heather

Bon Accord, Alberta

Watch the magical transformation of a lump of clay into a piece of art with a scheduled pottery studio tour at this studio near Bon Accord. Summer visitors can also tour the lovely gardens.

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Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island National Park

Trek over snow and gaze into a star-filled sky. Following a guided hike on snowshoes, you'll enjoy snacks around a fire and learn about the night sky above. Register in advance and meet at the Astotin Lake Beach parking lot. $29.80 per person. Valid on select dates, starting Dec. 9.

Expires: 2018-03-10
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Outlaw Sled Drag Races Stay and Play

Guests coming to The Outlaw Sled Drag Races, hosted by Slave Lake Snow & Mud Association, qualify for a discount at Holiday Inn Express Slave Lake for the evening of March 16th. Come to the Kick Off Party, and enjoy a night of luxury before the races.

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Parks Canada Campsite Reservation

Ready to disconnect and reconnect? Try camping in one of Canada's National Parks from $30/night. Or consider comfort camping! Enjoy soft beds, running water and other amenities in the middle of scenic vistas available in 3 National Parks in Alberta – Elk Island, Banff and Jasper. Book now from $120/night.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Tours

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Hinton Trek & Trail

Hinton, Alberta

Whether you are a single traveller or come as a group, Hinton Trek & Trail adventure can be as diverse as the Hinton landscape. From the rugged peaks to the undulating valley and from high energy activities to more relaxing pastimes. On the edge of the Northern Rocky Mountains, the characteristics of the land define Hinton and it's distinct regions; the mountains and lakes of Rock Lake - Solomon Creek Wildland, Whitehorse Wildland and Willmore Wilderness Park, the rolling countryside of the William A. Switzer Provincial Park and the foothills along the Athabasca River Valley. The areas connect seamlessly to create breathtaking scenery and rich heritage for you to explore and enjoy. Hinton is a fantastic base to explore everything on the edge of National Park and beyond. Whether you stay for just a day or a week or more, there is a richness of discoveries with Hinton Trek & Trail that you could only have imagined. We open for tour holidays from May 20th (weather permitting) until mid-October. From October to May some restrictions apply due to closures with seasonal changes. Winter Tours start from mid-November weather permitting and continue until the snow melts. Walking Tours, Historical Tours, Eco-Tours, Trail Rides, River Adventures, Zip-lining. Hiking or Walking Trails. Wildlife Tours. Fishing Tours. Winter - Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating and Fishing. Barbecues, Picnics and Afternoon Tea. Stargazing and Golfing. Need collecting from the airport, we can do that for you or need help finding accommodation - we can steer you in the right direction.

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Upstream Drift Co

Whitecourt, Alberta
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Upstream Drift Co provides guided fly fishing for day trips and multi-day trips. Drifting the local rivers in vintage wooden boats adds a certain level of charm and character to the trips and the fly fishing is incredible! There are several options for accommodations during your stay. Our scenic back country wall tent camps are situated on the edge of the river or you can stay in our beautiful B&B. Either way it's always a great time at Upstream Drift Co.

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Paddle the Peace 2018

Peace River, Alberta
2018-08-18 to 2018-08-18 MST

Enjoy a scenic paddle along the mighty Peace River while listening to the sound of the paddle as it moves smoothly through the water, then a stop at Strong Creek for a delicious and complimentary lunch, finishing the beautiful day with prizes. Limited spaces available for this amazing event.

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Outlaw Sled Drag Races

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-03-17 to 2018-03-17 MST

Slave Lake Snow & Mud Association continues this annual event with classes for kids, stock and modified, with prizes awarded for winners of each class. Prizes are 60% of the registration fee. Access to the race site is through Big Fish Bay at Slave Lake. A concession lunch is available - taste the smoky delight of Adam's ribs. Bring your snowmobile, and line up against the baddest sleds in the province for a quarter mile drag race! $100 entry fee per sled per class. $10 per vehicle for spectators. Registration is at 9 a.m. and racing begins at 11:00. An added attraction: see the whole lake from 1000 feet up! Synergy Aviation is providing helicopter rides for $60 - $80 per person, available on the lake. For people coming into Slave Lake for the night, Holiday Inn Express is offering a discount for Friday, March 16th. The Slave Lake Legion is co-hosting a kick-off party, with spaghetti supper, and a hypnotist. Local craft brew from Dog Island Brewing will be available. A fantastic weekend for residents and visitors alike!

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Green Thumb Theatre: Still/Falling

Spruce Grove, Alberta
2018-03-19 to 2018-03-19 MST

A Must-See Theatre Performance for Teens and Parents Still/Falling tells the story of Nina. Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling... off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. Still/Falling follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest, and bitingly funny look at the difference between 'teen angst' and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark. Presented in partnership with Spruce Grove and Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services. Recommended Age: 12 +Running time: 50 minutes - no intermission. Q & A with artist to follow.

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