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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
Ramada Inn Camrose
Ramada Inn Camrose
4702 73rd Street Highway 21 at Highway 13
Camrose
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This Camrose hotel offers mountains views and is within walking distance of Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge. The Inn features a three-story water slide, indoor pool and rooms with cable TV. Guest rooms provide seating areas and desks. They are furnished with safety deposit boxes, microwaves and refrigerators. They also include coffee makers and hairdryers.
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Downtown Camrose:  3.4km
Downtown Three Hills:  173km
Service Plus Inns & Suites - Drayton Valley
Service Plus Inns & Suites - Drayton Valley
5704 Power Centre Blvd.
Drayton Valley
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Our modern Drayton Valley hotel offers exceptional rooms with a variety of room types. While staying at our property we encourage you to take a trip down the biggest waterslide in Drayton Valley. Our 100' waterslide and steaming hot tub are a hit with kids (and adults) of all ages. All of the rooms in this new facility offer the option of king or queen sized beds and 27" LCD flat screen TV.
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Downtown Drayton Valley:  1.3km
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Edmonton South
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Edmonton South
1115 103A St SW
Edmonton
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This Edmonton hotel features thoughtful amenities in a comfortable setting. We are minutes from Edmonton International Airport. Our suites include free high-speed Wi-Fi and spacious work desks. Make home-cooked meals in our kitchens. Savor complimentary breakfast buffet with a wide selection of healthy and hearty favorites. Use our fitness center and pool/hot tub to help you relax.
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Airport:  22.8km
Downtown Edmonton:  14.2km
Ramada Edmonton South
Ramada Edmonton South
5359 Calgary Trail
Edmonton
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Our Edmonton hotel is near West Edmonton Mall, conveniently located off Highway 2 and 53rd Avenue. Our guest rooms feature comfortable, modern furniture, all new bedding and recently remodeled bathrooms. We offer free parking for your car, bus, truck or RV and guest laundry facilities for your convenience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access. New, on-site fitness center.
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Airport:  16.3km
Downtown Edmonton:  7.8km
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
10155 105th Street
Edmonton
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Our Edmonton hotel is walking distance from an array of arts, dining, and entertainment venues. Our full-service hotel begins with well-appointed rooms and extends to impressive meeting and event facilities, one great restaurant, and exceptional room service. Our luxurious day spa, fitness facility with Jacuzzi, steam room, and a salt-water pool awaits.
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Airport:  30.8km
Downtown Edmonton:  0.6km
Argyll Plaza Hotel
Argyll Plaza Hotel
9933-63 Avenue
Edmonton
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We are located in the heart of Edmonton's southside near Whyte Avenue, Old Strathcona Farmer's Market, Ikea, the University, Gateway Entertainment Centre, nightlife and unique shops. You will find the comforts of home in all of our 48 designer-decorated guest rooms offering amenities for your convenience. We are connected to the Argyll Plaza Arena and offer special team rates for hockey clubs.
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Airport:  8.8km
Downtown Edmonton:  5.9km
Lakeview Inn & Suites - Edson
Lakeview Inn & Suites - Edson
4300 - 2nd Avenue
Edson
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We are located in Edson between the west and eastbound routes of Hwy 16, within a 2 minutes walk to restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores and fueling stations. Start your morning with one of our morning newspapers and a complimentary continental plus breakfast. We have complimentary high speed wireless Internet in our guestrooms and lobby area. Laundry and free DVD movies are available.
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Downtown Edson:  1.2km
Nova Inn Edson
Nova Inn Edson
5625 – 2nd Ave
Edson
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Our Edson hotel has 144 spacious rooms. For those staying longer, our apartment suites offer you all the comforts and space, so you can feel right at home while on the road. Our rooms are anything but ordinary. The Queen or King rooms include a table & chairs and flat screen TVs. Sprawl out on a Simmons Beautyrest mattress and enjoy a great nights' sleep.
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Downtown Edson:  3.5km
Pines Motel
Pines Motel
709 Gregg Avenue
Hinton
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Our Hinton motel is next to the 18-hole Hinton Golf Course and restaurant lounge, within walking distance of many restaurants and the Shopping Mall and a little over an hour away from the Marmot Ski Hill. We offer cable TV with movie and sports channels, fridge, and microwave and Wi-Fi internet in all every rooms.
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Downtown Hinton:  4.6km
Holiday Inn Express - Edmonton International Airport
Holiday Inn Express - Edmonton International Airport
1102 4th Street
Nisku
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The Holiday Inn Express - Edmonton International Airport is conveniently located three KM from the Edmonton International Airport. We look forward to having you as our guest and are here to offer you superior customer service. We would also like to invite you to enjoy the following complimentary services: deluxe continental breakfast, Stay and Park Package (one night stay provides 7 nights free
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Airport:  3.6km
Downtown Edmonton:  29.6km
Best Western Plus Red Deer Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Red Deer Inn & Suites
6839 66th Street
Red Deer
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Each guest room Red Deer hotel features high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, an in-room microwave and mini-fridge, pillowtop mattresses and an ergonomic desk chair. Enjoy in-room movies, satellite cable on a flat screen TV and complimentary local calls and newspapers. Start each morning a free full breakfast. Take a swim in our indoor pool and whirlpool or enjoy our exercise facility.
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Downtown Red Deer:  4.5km
The Prairie Creek Inn
The Prairie Creek Inn
73042 Township Road 38-0, Prairie Creek Road
Rocky Mountain House
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An exclusive year round boutique B&B country inn featuring a private two-bedroom executive guest cottage and two luxury suites with fireplaces, double soaker tubs, private entrances and exquisite décor, all within steps of Prairie Creek. The Inn also features the Heartstone Room, a common room where delicious hot breakfasts are served each morning and where intimate gatherings are held.
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Rocky Mountain House:  7.6km
St. Albert Inn & Suites
St. Albert Inn & Suites
156 St. Albert Trail
St Albert
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We are at the gateway of St. Albert on Highway #2 - only 15 minutes from West Edmonton Mall, while still offering a small community charm. We offer meeting rooms and banquet facilities for gatherings of up to 400 people. Our hotel features 148 guest rooms; 9 are Access Alberta Level 2 approved. Each guest room boasts modern furnishings and amenities with cable TV, high-speed Internet and more.
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Airport:  8.7km
Downtown St. Albert:  2.2km

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