With only a few short weeks left until (dare we say it) school is back up and running, we thought we’d share some of our favourite family-friendly activities in and around the Tri-Area. Who knows, some of our favourites may surprise you!
1. Clifford E. Lee Bird Sanctuary: With more than 100 different bird species, 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine forest, the Clifford E. Lee Bird Sanctuary is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy summer and recharge your battery. There are four different trails to choose from with each of them offering something different to see. If you have young toddlers at home, we suggest bringing a stroller as there are raised boardwalk trails that can surely make even the most seasoned parent nervous. Don’t forget to bring some black sunflower seeds. Visitors often have luck hand-feeding the black-capped chickadees!
2. Constable Chelsey Robinson Park: Located just a few minutes west of Stony Plain, everything about Constable Chelsey Robinson Park is AWESOME! Pack up the whole family and enjoy wading in the shallow warm water all afternoon. Did you know that there are 16 picnic sites and fire pits here? We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, but then we’ve got to stop to buy firewood on our way.” Don’t worry! They provide free firewood on site, so you don’t have to stop at a gas station on the way to buy a bundle of firewood. Did we mention that it’s a super short walk from your car to the picnic sites or riverbank? Don’t forget to pack the lawn chairs though. Those rocks aren’t comfortable to sit on all day.
3. Wabamun: If you’ve been itching to get your feet in the sand, then head to Wabamun Lake Provincial Park. It boasts two large playgrounds and a pretty good-sized green space to run around with the whole family. Not to mention there’s a big beach area to make all the sandcastles your heart desires. Visiting on weekends? Our biggest piece of advice is to head out early in the morning to gain access to the day area. Park officials turn away visitors when the day use area is full. Not a morning person? We get it. Another option could be to head to the Wabamun Waterfront Park instead. Hours on the weekends are 12noon – 4pm and 2pm – 4pm on weekdays. Here you’ll find a big spray park, flush toilets and changerooms, as well as a playground.
There you have it! These local spots are just a few of the reasons we love to live, work, and play in the tri-area. If you’re thinking about making the move to Spruce Grove or Stony Plain, or experience acreage living in Parkland County, give us a call – we’d love to help!