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Welcome to Central Alberta, a region as prosperous as it is beautiful. Residents of Central Alberta enjoy a wonderful quality of life and extend their warm hospitality to visitors. Rolling foothills, a collection of lakes, and the open prairie make for memorable outdoor adventures. The abundance of wildlife and birds provide for some unique up-close encounters. Photographers get your cameras ready! Plan a stay in Central Alberta and see why this region is considered one of the best in the world to live. Communities to check out include:

Lacombe

If you are a birdwatcher, flock to the Ellis Bird Farm where you can stroll through a collection of gardens and observe a variety of bird species.

Located just north of Red Deer in the heart of Alberta's parkland, Lacombe is a beautifully kept town with a main street that has recently been authentically restored. The town is committed to bridging the past and the present, and the historical society operates a blacksmith shop downtown, which is open to visitors. Nearby Aspen Beach Provincial Park was the first provincial park declared in Alberta, and there is plenty of opportunity for swimming, hiking, and bird watching.

Red Deer

This community between the cities of Edmonton and Calgary is known for its friendly hospitality.

Situated in the gently rolling parkland of Central Alberta, Red Deer is a prosperous city with plenty to offer visitors. Red Deer is situated on the 'Boomtown Trail', a connected collection of communities with the distinct architecture of the Boomtown period still maintained. Set off on a self-guided tour of these communities or take part in a guided tour aboard an authentic steam-train. Red Deer took its name from Scottish settlers who mistook the elk in the area for the red deer of their homeland. The city is close to the Lake Country's Sylvan and Gull Lakes.

Rocky Mountain House

Delve into the rich history of the fur trade at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Park where marked trails take you through four original fur trading posts.

What is now a timber, agriculture, oil and gas resource center was once the site of four fur trading posts in the early nineteenth century. The National Historic Park site features a walking trail system where audio guides and illustrated signs take visitors from post to post. For the nature enthusiast, there are several signs depicting the plants of the region as well as other natural points of interest. Wildlife near Rocky Mountain House includes elk, deer, mountain goats, bears, and bighorn sheep. Outdoor activities such as golf, white water rafting, canoeing and trail riding are among the most popular things to do while visiting.

Vegreville

Visit the world's largest painted Ukrainian Easter egg!

The first settlers in Vegreville were of Ukrainian heritage, and today the town boasts its heritage with its humungous Easter egg (the world's largest, in fact, standing 9 m/30 ft high.) In July, the Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) festival showcases Ukrainian culture and features the country's best Ukrainian dancers.

Whitecourt

Whitecourt is built at the fork of four rivers, so water sports such as fishing and boating are always popular here.

A water sport lover's paradise, Whitecourt is the meeting point of the McLeod, Athabasca, and Eagle Rivers, as well as the Beaver Creek. The town hosts family riverboat races and rallies each year. In the winter, Whitecourt is the snowmobile capital of Alberta.

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Canalta Ponoka
Canalta Ponoka
#1 6707 Highway 53 West
Ponoka
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Our Ponoka hotel is just over 1.6 km from the Aquaplex and Central Ponoka. We have an indoor pool with water slide and a hot tub. Our rooms include a microwave and refrigerator. They also have a tea/coffee-making facilities. You are served a daily continental breakfast and hot tea or coffee. We also have an on-site restaurant. The Agriculture Event Centre is a 5-minute drive away.
Stampeder Inn
Stampeder Inn
4215 - 63 Street
Ponoka
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Our motel is located near the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition grounds. Free Wi-Fi is provided. We serve our guests a delicious continental breakfast every morning. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, a work desk, microwave, and a coffee maker. There is a shared lounge for guests to enjoy. Our motel is a non-smoking environment for the convenience of our guests. We also have air-conditioning.
Homer's Hut
Homer's Hut
3321 Ste Anne Trail
Alberta Beach
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We have a small campground, 2 motel rooms and 4 cabins near Alberta Beach. We also have a coffee and gift shop and coin operated showers. Our camping is suited for trailers, motorhomes and tents. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rates are available. Please call for reservations.
Alberta Beach Inn and Suites
Alberta Beach Inn and Suites
4939 50 ave,
Alberta Beach
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Alberta Beach Inn and Suites is directly across from the main beach, air conditioning in all rooms, free Wi-Fi & local calls. Resident manager on site. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bonnyville
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bonnyville
4404 - 52nd Avenue
Bonnyville
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Our Bonnyville hotel is off Highway 28. Our hotel is the largest and newest offering the most amenities! Start your day off right with our complimentary full breakfast. Take a dip in the pool, work out in our exercise room then soak in the Hot tub or steam away in the sauna. In room features a microwave, refrigerator, wireless high speed internet, plasma T.V., and coffee.
Bonnyville Manor
Bonnyville Manor
4118 50 Ave
Bonnyville
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This Bonnyville Manor is located across from the Centennial Centre, offers one- and two-bedroom suites with a daily hot breakfast. Free WiFi is available. These suites provide a full kitchen, separate dining and living areas, flat screen TV's and premier bedding. A seating area, bathroom, sun terrace and BBQ facilities are included. Daily housekeeping and laundry facilities are also available.
Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn
Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn
5011-66 Street
Bonnyville
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Located in Bonneyville, all of our 103 rooms are equipped with 42" LCD TVs, individual climate control, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, fridge, microwave, rain shower head, wireless high speed internet, and pillow top beds, with comfy duvets and lots of pillows. Executive rooms are available. Enjoy Sandpipers Restaurant and our Crown & Derby Pub.
Days Inn Bonnyville
Days Inn Bonnyville
5810 50 Ave
Bonnyville
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This Bonnyville hotel is conveniently located off Highway 41. Each room comes with special touches like antique furniture, microwave, and refrigerator. A fitness center, free breakfast, free WiFi. guest laundry facilities and meeting space. Jacuzzi suites as well as accessible and non-smoking rooms are available.
Bethel-Aspen B&B
Bethel-Aspen B&B
4808 53rd Street
Bonnyville
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Our Bonnyville bed and breakfast is situated in downtown, right where you want to be, yet across the road from beautiful Jesse Lake. High value at low cost! Six bedrooms, five of which are en suite, high speed Internet, complimentary beverages, continental breakfast. A small conference room is available. Easy access to walking trails and bird-watching.
The Neighbourhood Inn Express
The Neighbourhood Inn Express
6407 50 Ave
Bonnyville
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This Inn in Bonnywille, Alberta provides guests with a warm home away from home. Providing comfort and ease when enjoying a long business trip or vacation getaway. Relax and be at home with breakfast, high-speed Internet and parking.
Comfort Inn & Suites Bonnyville
Comfort Inn & Suites Bonnyville
5404 Lakeland Road
Bonnyville
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Situated in the east-central part of Alberta, this hotel in Bonnyville offers easy access to the Lyle Victor Albert Performing Arts Centre. This pet-friendly hotel is surrounded by nature with the advantage of camping, fishing and hunting. Deluxe hot breakfast, business center, hot tub, steam room or exercise room are available. Free WiFi, coffee and parking.
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bonnyville
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bonnyville
5409 Lakeland Road
Bonnyville
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At this Bonnyville hotel, business travelers will find it convenient to the area, while pleasure travelers will enjoy many outdoor activities. Enjoy a free continental breakfast, fitness centre, business centre, and meeting space, as well as rooms with free WiFi, iPod ports, HDMI-compatible flat-screen TVs, microwave, mini-refrigerator, and tea and coffee maker.
Bluebird RV Park
Bluebird RV Park
20131 Township Road 500
Camrose
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We are a Brand new private facility ideally located in the peaceful country side of Miquelon Hills (about 60 km SE of Edmonton). Presently we have 22 Long Term, Seasonal RV sites available exclusively to adults. Each site is fully serviced with Metered Power, Filtered Water,Sewer and Satellite Hook Ups, also available for your convenience are High Speed Internet and Digital Phone Service.
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Airport:  74.7km
Downtown Edmonton:  67.6km
Lakeland Inn
Lakeland Inn
5411 -55 Street
Cold Lake
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We are centrally located in Cold Lake with easy access to the Air Base, the downtown, shopping centre, major sports, golf courses, entertainment and tourist attractions. Cold Lake Marina is a short 10 minute drive. All rooms are modern and up to the highest standard of cleanliness. Rooms feature opening windows, individual temperature control and air conditioning, remote control color cable TV.
El Lobo Motel
El Lobo Motel
5431 55 St
Cold Lake
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Our Cold Lake hotel has rooms and kitchenettes that are smoke-free. You'll find a lot of great amenities waiting for you in your room. Spacious, newly decorated rooms and kitchenettes, all with blackout blinds. Choose between rooms or kitchenettes with 2 Double beds, 2 Queen beds or a king bed, each with award winning Simmons mattresses.
Louie Lake Ltd.
Louie Lake Ltd.
S432, B1, C2, RR1
Drayton Valley
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Our Drayton Valley campground is 16 km west of Drayton Valley on highway 620. At RR 90 go south 2.6 km. We have full service sites, tenting, fishing, picnicking, newly renovated cabins, swimming and games. We are surrounded by wildlife and forest. We have easy access to RV trails. Dogs are welcome, but must be on leashes at all times and cleaned up after.
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Edmonton
Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Edmonton
4520 76th Ave NW
Edmonton
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Our Edmonton hotel and convention centre has the amenities you need from a fitness centre to a pool to an onsite restaurant and lounge. Our location near Sherwood Park Freeway provides guests easy access to area attractions, such as West Edmonton Mall. Store your favorite drinks inside the in-room refrigerator and warm leftovers in the microwave. Free high-speed Internet.
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Airport:  30.4km
Downtown Edmonton:  7.5km
Black Knight Inn
Black Knight Inn
2929 - 50 Avenue
Red Deer
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We offer a choice of deluxe Red Deer accommodations from the 98 spacious rooms throughout our newly renovated interior, including our Business Class floor, elegant Executive suites, Jacuzzi suites and family accommodations with adjoining rooms. We offer rooms for the physically challenged. Enjoy your favorite cocktail in JB's Lounge and enjoy a memorable dining experience in Remington's Grill.
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Downtown Red Deer:  4.6km
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
6500 - 67th Street
Red Deer
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Located 1 km east of Highway 2 in the northwest quadrant, our Red Deer hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Your stay includes access to an expansive on-site fitness centre, a business centre, a hair salon and day spa, an indoor pool and a whirlpool tub. Daily continental breakfast, complimentary parking and free high-speed Internet access.
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Downtown Red Deer:  2km
St. Albert Kinsmen RV Park
St. Albert Kinsmen RV Park
47 Riel Drive
St Albert
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The Kinsmen RV Park is just one of many parts of the St. Albert Kinsmen Korral, RV & Community Park - come and enjoy scenic vistas and tranquility plus all that St. Albert has to offer!! Only 15 minutes South to West Edmonton Mall. Our newly built 57 site R V Park features - fully serviced 50 amp electrical, city water, flow thru sites and a large grassed overflow area for group camping.
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Airport:  48.1km
Downtown St. Albert:  2.3km
Town of Stettler Campground
Town of Stettler Campground
4621-62 St.
Stettler
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Located in Stettler across from West Stettler Park, Rotary Spray Park, ball diamonds and a soccer field. Near walking trails. Free showers, and wifi. No fire pits but you may bring a portable one.
Camp 'n Class RV Park
Camp 'n Class RV Park
4107 50 St
Stony Plain
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Our Stony Plain RV Park is a Good Sam park that offers a gated community with 77 spacious sites that feature picnic table, block patio, 50/30 amp power, water, sewer, basic Wifi & cable TV ALL YEAR LONG. Laundry & washrooms have 24/7 access. We accommodate BIG RIGS no problem and offer monthly, weekly and daily rates, as well as short or long term storage. Online reservations are available.
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Airport:  36.5km
Downtown Edmonton:  41.7km
Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
Box 1499
Sundre
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Our Sundre RV Park has 30 beautifully landscaped back-in sites & 10 pull through sites, all along the #6 fairway of the Deer Nine course. All sites can fit any size of RV. Site amenities include 50 amp power, water, sewer, fire pit and picnic table. A gated resort with a full laundry and showers, an 18 hole golf course with full practice facilities, a licensed clubhouse and a shuttle service
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Downtown Three Hills:  109km
Day's Motel
Day's Motel
2101 - 14 Avenue
Wainwright
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Our Wainwright Alberta motel has 38 rooms with 6 remodelled kitchenettes. Enjoy complimentary coffee, juice, milk, muffins, hard-boiled eggs and fresh fruits like apples and bananas. All new Serta Simmons Canada beds. Fibre optic TV & lightening fast Internet. Enjoy all the local attractions from our conveniently located Wainwright motel.
Village Creek Country Inn
Village Creek Country Inn
15 Village Drive, RR2
Westerose
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The Village Creek Country Inn at Pigeon Lake is the perfect location for a productive business retreat, romantic holiday or spontaneous R&R. Featuring fireplace suites, full kitchens, Satellite TV, High-speed Internet, 5 area golf courses, outdoor hot tub and on-site Spa; The Village Creek Country Inn puts resort tranquility in mid-week reach!

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