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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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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.
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.
Bluebird RV Park
Bluebird RV Park
20131 Township Road 500
Camrose
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We are conveniently located in Camrose County, 30 minutes Southeast of Edmonton on 15 beautifully manicured acres of peaceful gated private property with a friendly inviting atmosphere. We near shopping centers, smaller towns plus various parks and golf courses. Large fully serviced sites with 30/15 or 50/15 Amp Metered Power, Septic Connections, Dedicated Water Feeds and more.
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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.
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Downtown Cold Lake:  6.8km
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.
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Downtown Cold Lake:  6.5km
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
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 Edmonton:  16.1km
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.
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Downtown Stettler:  2.3km
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
Aspen Motor Inn
Aspen Motor Inn
4320 50th Street
Drayton Valley
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You can rest easy at our Drayton Valley motor inn. Enjoy a delicious meal in our licensed restaurant or stop in at our lounge, The Pub, and play a game of pool or darts. We offer wireless, high-speed internet access in each room and direct dial telephones with free local calls. When you want to wind down for the evening, you can enjoy cable TV in your room. Lay back, relax and enjoy your stay!
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Downtown Drayton Valley:  1.3km
DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton
DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton
16615 109 Ave
Edmonton
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Centrally located, our hotel is minutes from West Edmonton Mall. Settle into a contemporary guest room, equipped with amenities including complimentary WiFi, a spacious workstation, a mini-refrigerator and a 42-inch HDTV. Dine at Stages Kitchen & Bar or discover a unique experience at the Mayfield Dinner Theater. Work out in the 24-hour fitness center and refresh with a dip in the indoor pool.
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Airport:  38.2km
Downtown Edmonton:  9.3km
Lodge Motor Inn
Lodge Motor Inn
18125 Stony Plain Road NW
Edmonton
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With the West Edmonton Mall being minutes away our Edmonton hotel convenient motor inn has free wireless Internet, free parking, smoking and non-smoking rooms, full sized kitchenettes, outdoor patio, BBQ, picnic and playground area and much more.
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Airport:  14.5km
Downtown Edmonton:  10.6km
Downtown Three Hills:  263km
Travelodge Edmonton West
Travelodge Edmonton West
18320 Stony Plain Road
Edmonton
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Our Edmonton hotel is near the West Edmonton Mall, Telus World of Science and the Edmonton Valley Zoo. We offer a fitness center and free parking for vehicles of all types. Make a splash at our indoor waterpark, featuring a water slide, pool and whirlpool. Our guestrooms have flatscreen TV with HD cable package, mini-refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, microwave and free Wi-Fi Internet.
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Airport:  39.4km
Downtown Edmonton:  9.8km
West Harvest Inn Lloydminster
West Harvest Inn Lloydminster
5620 44th Street
Lloydminster
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The West Harvest Inn is conveniently located in the heart of Lloydminster, Canada's Border City.Travelling through Western Canada on pleasure or business, the West Harvest Inn offers value in its ninety-seven well-appointed rooms. Our meeting rooms are ideal for social and business gatherings of up to 100 people. Our Steam Baths are perfect to soothe and rejuvenate you.
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Downtown Lloydminster:  0.7km
Pomeroy Inn & Suites Olds
Pomeroy Inn & Suites Olds
4601 46th Avenue
Olds
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Our Olds hotel provides a deluxe complimentary hot breakfast, fitness facility, pool, hot tub, waterslide, and fully equipped business centre. In all rooms you can relax with premium features like flat screen TVs, Eden Indulgence linens, Keurig coffee makers, ergonomic work desks, no-charge high-speed Wi-Fi and more. Our full kitchen suites has this plus the freedom to prepare your own meals.
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Downtown Olds:  1.9km
Comfort Inn & Suites Red Deer
Comfort Inn & Suites Red Deer
6846 - 66 street
Red Deer
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The Black Knight Inn overlooks the south hill of picturesque Red Deer, strategically located on the main north/south route through the city and just two minutes off Highway # 2. Red Deer is on the Red Deer River exactly halfway between Edmonton and Calgary. This enviable position and the beautiful parkland setting has made the city the Conference Capital of Alberta.
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Downtown Red Deer:  4.6km
Red Deer Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre
Red Deer Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre
4311 - 49th Avenue
Red Deer
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Our downtown Red Deer hotel allows you to escape to our indoor tropical Courtyard, where you will forget the wind, rain, snow or heat from the outdoors. Enjoy spacious guest rooms and suites, meeting and banquet space and convenient hotel packages. We are proud to be a Pet Friendly. Take a dip in our indoor heated pool or hot tub or relax with a professional massage in our on-site salon and spa.
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Downtown Red Deer:  1.8km
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Red Deer South
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Red Deer South
37471 Hwy 2 South
Red Deer
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Our Red Deer hotel is in the south end of the city in "Gasoline Alley, a popular stop, loaded with restaurants, cafés and pubs. We're also within walking distance to the Galaxy Cinemas, Westerner Grounds and less than ten minutes from the downtown. Wireless Internet in Standard rooms and public areas. Indoor Pool. Fitness equipment includes treadmills, elliptical, recumbent bike and smith machine.
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Downtown Red Deer:  8.6km
Rimbey Motor Inn
Rimbey Motor Inn
5117 - 50 Avenue
Rimbey
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Our Rimbey motor inn is in the center of town on the main street, walking distance to restaurants, grocery stores, laundry mat and hospital. Our room types includes singles, queens, doubles and kitchenettes. We offer free WiFi throughout the property. All rooms come with a coffee maker, micro wave and a small fridge. There is ample free parking with plug-ins for cold weather.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Sherwood Park-Edmonton Area
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Sherwood Park-Edmonton Area
11 Portage Lane
Sherwood Park
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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located in Sherwood Park the heart of Strathcona County; and an Edmonton suburban getaway on the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway. The hotel is situated within minutes of Millennium Place Recreation Centre and local attractions such as Elk Island National Park, Ukraininan Cultural Heritage Park, West Edmonton Mall, Rexall Place, Edmonton City Cent
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Airport:  43.8km
Downtown Edmonton:  15.3km
Downtown Sherwood Park:  6.1km
Nestled in the Pines Cottage
Nestled in the Pines Cottage
View Point Farm P.O Box 673
Stettler
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Our Stettler bed and breakfast is nestled in the Pines Cottage and offers you pet-friendly accommodation. We provide you with free private parking. At our B&B we have a seating area and a kitchenette equipped with a microwave. Our rooms also feature a private bathroom with a shower.
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Downtown Stettler:  4.3km
Ramada Stony Plain Hotel & Suites
Ramada Stony Plain Hotel & Suites
3301 43rd Avenue
Stony Plain
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Our Stony Plain hotel has free WiFi with a reception desk available 24-hours a day. Our rooms feature microwaves and refrigerators. We offer free parking and have spaces and outdoor electrical outlets for a truck, bus, or RV. Unwind in our heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Accessible and non-smoking rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel.
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Airport:  34.4km
Downtown Edmonton:  35.9km

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