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Before the biggest mall in the world came to Edmonton, people came to the city's outskirts to play in a lake-splashed landscape of rolling prairie and parkland. Luckily, Greater Edmonton has lost none of its traditional rustic charm: lively rodeos and country fairs remain summer favorites, and whimsical delights such as the world's biggest pysanka (decorated Easter egg) in Vegreville, the world's biggest pyrogy (potato dumpling) in Glendon, and the world's first UFO landing pad in St. Paul are some of the more unique diversions to be found here.

Devon [C2] The Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre tells the story of Leduc #1 Oil Well south of town, which in 1847 ushered in the oil age with a surge of the black stuff. University of Alberta's Devonian Gardens has an astonishing collection of over 26,000 plant species. Nearby Leduc has two aquatic centers and a world-class curling facility.

Elk Island National Park [B4-B5] Among the rolling Beaver Hills, stands of aspen, marshes, and lakes, this park originally protected several dozen elk that roamed the many islands of Island (now Astotin) Lake. A drive past the park on Hwy 16 is now more likely to offer a sighting of bison-over 1,000 plains and wood bison roam the park. A hike along one of the park's 11 trails may turn up coyote, beaver, moose, and many birds, including trumpeter swans on Astotin Lake if you're lucky.

St. Albert [B2] An historic log cabin built in 1861 and ran by Roman Catholic Father Albert Lacombe (1827-1916) is the province's oldest building, now a provincial historic site. In a stone wall near the museum are three bells that were cast in France and given to the first bishop of St. Albert.

St. Paul [A8] Situated in the heart of the Lakeland region, St. Paul is a natural playground for anglers, bird-watchers, campers, and hikers. Settled by missionaries in 1886, cultural activities here reflect the native, French, and Ukrainian diversity of residents. The world's first UFO landing pad, built in 1967 as a Canada Centennial Project, is still waiting for alien visitors, but earthlings can stop by the attached visitor center or call in sightings on the hot line.

Tofield [C5] Beaverhill Lake is an international recognized waterfowl staging area with thousands of migrating birds stopping by. More than 270 species have been identified at this shallow 16 km by 10 km lake, 2 m at its deepest. EcoDiscoveries Nature Tours leave from the Nature Centre in Tofield to see and hear waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds during their spring and fall migrations.

Vegreville [B7]

Alberta's Ukrainian culture and spirit is captured in Vegreville's famous 7 m by 5.5 m pysanka. Learn more about Canada's largest Ukrainian settlement at the Vegreville Regional Museum or at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, 50 km west of town. The latter is a 34-building historic village with costumed role-playing guides.

Wetaskiwin [E3] Wi-to-ski-winik means place of peace in Cree and refers to the nearby Peace Hills. Home to a strong agricultural and oil and gas industry, Wetaskiwin boasts the Reynolds Alberta Museum, a world-class facility that has one of the biggest collections of vintage vehicles in North America. Cruise in a chauffeur-driven 1937 Packard or 1927 Ford Model T; fly in an open cockpit biplane; or holler on a 1930 Lindy Loop midway ride. Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame is within the Aviation Hangar at the museum, and features flight memorabilia, biographical panels, and 60 restored aircraft in Canada's second largest vintage aircraft collection.

ATTRACTIONS

DEVON

Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre Devonian Gardens (University of Alberta)

LEDUC

Ledue Curling Club Leduc Woods House Museum

ST. ALBERT

Father Laeombe

Museum Grandin House Heritage Museum

ST. PAUL

UFO Landing Pad

VEGREVILLE

Vegreville Regional

Museum Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Heritage Park Our Lady of the Highway Shrine

WETASKIWIN

Reynolds Alberta Museum and Aviation Hall of Fame Alberta Central Railway Museum Wetaskiwin and District Museum

Map of Greater Edmonton. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Greater Edmonton (Alberta)

Map of Greater Edmonton. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Greater Edmonton (Alberta)