Rural Alberta, Edmonton
If you enjoy fishing at all then theres lots of options open for you. My favorite place to go is East Pit Lake. Its about 70km west of the downtown core. It a reclaimed mining pit thats been transformed into a long, narrow lake. Its been stocked with rainbow trout which seem to be doing fine in the water. I like it here because you always catch something and most of the time your are alone. Just remember to wake up early for the best fishing.....
To get here head west on highway 16 and take the turn off to Wabamun. Once on top of the overpass, at the intersection turn north (right) and look for the gate on your left hand side.
Out in the oil patch is definitely off the beaten path! Much of the oil and gas exploration in Alberta is based in Edmonton.
This is a view of Refinery Row on the east side of Edmonton on 17th street, with a field of blooming canola in the foreground. The huge Petro-Canada refinery is on the right and the Strathcona refinery is on the left. Downtown is more or less in the centre. Both are undergoing massive upgrades to meet the refining capacity needed for the oil coming from Fort McMurray's oilsands projects. Alberta currently produces more than 2.7 million barrels of crude per day.
About an hour (or less) North of Edmonton lies Fort Saskatchewan. The unique thing about Fort Sask. is its sheep grazing attaction. Stop by and see sheep grazing in the middle of an urban area.
It's a rather interesting site. Mosey on down to the Tourist Info Office (Thurs to Sunday; around noon to 8 pm) for more info.
If you're in the Edmonton area, be sure to visit Smoky Lake, about 1 hour by car on Highway 28 northeast. Home of the giant Pumpkin capital of Alberta. Current Alberta champion is John Lobay, with a 751 pounder! Weigh-off in 2002 is Saturday Oct. 5
Pictured is the developer of the Atlantic Giant strain, Howard Dill of Windsor, Nova Scotia
There are some really charming rural areas around the city of Edmonton - just hop in the car and enjoy!