Welcome to Parkland County
Life in Parkland County isn’t for everyone.
It’s not for people who enjoy sitting in traffic jams, living in massive high-rise buildings, or who want to fall asleep to the loud, bustling sounds of city life.
Rather, life in Parkland County is for people who want to leave the big city behind at the end of the work day and come home to peace and tranquility. For families who enjoy taking long drives through beautiful rolling hills on Saturdays. For folks who want to live near a lake or beach and fall asleep to the sound of rolling waves and the gentle breeze.
It’s a wide open space where you can have your horse, and ride it too.
Situated on the western border of Edmonton, Parkland County is the picturesque home to beautiful lakes and beaches, winding golf courses and outdoor attractions highlighting the area’s natural splendour. Go for a hike through Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area, tube down Pembina River, or spend the day at Wabamun Lake Provincial Park, one of Alberta’s most popular beaches for swimming, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing and fishing. A unique Kurimoto Japanese Garden consisting of a beautifully manicured complex filled with plant life, ponds and waterfalls is one highlight of the world-renowned Devonian Botanic Garden. Nature trails, ecological and wetland reserves and over 10,000 species of plants are also showcased over the garden’s 80-acre expanse.
Bird watching your thing? Then head over to the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, where you will see dozens of different types of birds in their natural environment. Elevated walkways and lookouts enable those walking through to enjoy a peaceful hike with a tremendous view. A must-see for nature lovers is the Wagner Natural Area, which covers a half section of land and contains a variety of rare plants and many species of birds. An interpretive, self-guided trail winds through the area allowing visitors to take a peaceful walk and experience all the natural wealth contained therein.
While rest and relaxation are a big part of life here, there are plenty of activities for the thrill seeking adventurer. Is jumping out of airplanes your thing? We’ve got you covered. Love the thrill and excitement of paintball? We’ve got that, too.
While you’re out exploring, make sure you add shopping to your itinerary. Carvel General Store is the perfect stop to begin or end with a wonderful selection of country finery and unique finds inside a beautifully restored historical landmark. Thrill to a wonderful variety of Country Primitive home décor, candles and light boxes available at Spruce Park Ranch Country Store. Be sure to pick up some free-range lamb, beef, chicken, or bison for a delicious treat as well.
We hope you come out and explore Parkland County, the place where you really can have it all.