6 of the most effective street journeys to do from Edmonton

Listen, we admit the lockdown had its perks – we had more time to ourselves, we had an excuse to get out of imposed plans, we didn’t need any clothes other than our favorite jammies. However, our sheltered lifestyle at home has increased our hunger for travel. Fortunately, with Alberta in phase 3 of its Open for the Summer plan, we are ready to break out of lockdown.

As if Volkswagen had read our minds, Volkswagen launched the brand new 2022 Taos this summer. Not only is the timing perfect, the new compact SUV is designed for adventures on the road. A spacious 5-seater, the Taos with available 4MOTION® All-wheel drive makes it a year-round vehicle. With a folding rear seat and a central passage, a good 25 cubic meters fit into the trunk – so the versatile Taos is always adventurous.

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Whether you choose your old vehicle or your new 2022 Taos, we have partnered with Volkswagen to bring you 6 amazing road trips, all less than a 4 hour drive from Edmonton.

Jasper National Park

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That was of course at the top of our list! Jasper is every outdoor enthusiast’s personal oasis. From hiking and biking trails to above and underwater adventures, to a ride on the Sky Tram or strolling along the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, there are so many ways to fall in love with this small town in the Rockies. And their location is just as cute (and in some cases classy) as the city itself. We recommend choosing a lodge rather than an inn.

Where: AWAY
Driving time from Edmonton: 3.45 hours

Elk Island National Park

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Often underrated but an Edmonton favorite, this park is the perfect destination for game watchers, activity junkies, and star gazers. The ideal travel route: hiking, boating and golfing by day and looking at the surreal starry sky by night. Oh, and don’t forget to check the weather forecast if you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights.

Where: Saskatchewan, AB
Driving time from Edmonton: 0.5 hours


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Whether you want to get involved in outdoor activities – hiking, biking, karting, golfing, water sports – or tanning on a towel on the beach or strolling by the colorful marina, Sylvan Lake is the place for you. The good news? Unlike most of the small towns, this lovely lake town has quite a vibrant nightlife too. Sure, one destination for all moods, right?

Where: AWAY
Driving time from Edmonton: 1.45 hours

Whitecourt Falls – Hard Luck Canyon

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Hard Luck Canyon is the perfect destination for an impromptu day trip from the city. You will hike the shortest and easiest trail, which is only 1km to reach the hidden tiered Whitecourt Falls. The hike is short, but there is no shortage of spectacular views. The trail also takes you to the bridge over the waterfall, which doubles as a great vantage point. And when you feel like some more exercise, head down the stairs to the bottom of the canyon to get an up-close look at the walls and get a fish-eye view of the area.

Where: AWAY
Driving time from Edmonton: 2 hours


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Banff who ?! Athabasca is a peaceful hideaway if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for some rest. The city is the best vacation spot for the lazy, with a total of 5 activities to do – hiking, fishing, cruising the river, playing golf and visiting the historic train station. And if you only want to do one, we recommend that you skip the first four, as the station, which was built before World War I, is definitely not to be missed.

Where: AWAY
Driving time from Edmonton: 1.45 hours

St. Paul UFO launch pad

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You may not have seen it before, but you definitely know St. Paul, thanks to the iconic St. Paul UFO Launching Pad in town. Built to mark Canada’s centenary and also its “all acceptance” character, the launch pad is a memorial not to be missed. It’s worth driving all the way here just for the monument, but if you want to spend a day there is a museum, the lakefront, and a couple of interesting hiking trails.

Where: St. Paul, AB
Driving time from Edmonton: 2 hours

So friends, there you have it. Have fun on the road trip!

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