There’s no shortage of little ponds and lakes within driving distance of this town, which straddles the Alberta Saskatchewan border. Keep getting outdoors all year-round during the long, cold winters and wet, warm summers to experience the variety of habitats available from sand dunes to marshes.


All Seasons Nature Loop

Length: 2.6 km

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Hit this trail any time of year on foot, bike or skis. Take in the lake views and relish in the peace found in the middle of town.

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Vermilion Provincial Park

Length: 5 km

Elevation Gain: Varies

About five kilometers of paved trails show off this park’s varying landscape features. These accessible trails are both wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. The paths give good views of the Vermilion River as well. In the winter, 15 kilometers of trail are available for cross country skiing, so there are always options for outdoor play.

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Suffern Lake Sand Dunes

Length: 1.6 km

Elevation Gain: Minimal

If you’re on the Albertan side of town, head into Saskatchewan to experience some tall sand dunes, cacti and, if you’re lucky, a variety of butterflies. Follow the trail for a view of the lake. If you’re into fishing, the lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout.

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Borden Lake Trail

Length: 5.8 km

Elevation Gain: 108 m

A scenic path in Whitney Lakes Provincial Park. Once up top, take some time for the views of the area. If you'd like to stay the night, there is one designated backcountry camping site.

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Muriel Lake Lookout

Length: 3.9 km

Elevation Gain: 134 m

Located in the quiet Muriel Lake M.D. Park, this grassy loop trail meanders through the forest and leads to a pretty lookout over the lake. Dogs are allowed to use this trail but must stay on leash.

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Muskeg Trail to Lakeshore Trail Loop

Length: 7.1 km

Elevation Gain: 178 m

Traipse along Moose Lake in hikers or snowshoes. Alternately, bring bikes for the whole family and cruise along the trail. Keep an eye out for delicious wild berries and cool wildlife along the way!

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Wainwright Dunes Ecological Reserve Trail

Length: 1.1 km

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Stroll through the world's last large aspen parkland, plus some sand dunes and marshes sprinkled in for variety. There doesn’t seem to be a well-worn trail, and it is so quiet the chances of seeing wildlife is very good!

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Trestle Bridge via Iron Horse

Length: 11.4 km

Elevation Gain: 246 m

Hike to this Beaver River crossing, one of several old trestle bridges you can find along the Iron Horse Trail. Walk through gorgeous aspen forests (be sure to visit in the fall if you’re interested in seeing vivid colours) and take in the views of the river and any wildlife that inhabit it!

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Iron Horse Trail: Heinsberg to Leindbergh

Length: 14.6 km

Elevation Gain: 228 m

It may sound like you’re heading from and to a couple European cities on this section of the Iron Horse Trail, but this is in Alberta! It is a great running or walking trail, with beautiful scenery and undulating terrain.

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 Laurier Lake Trail

Length: 6.6 km

Elevation Gain: 140 m

Get out into the sparkling sunlight during the winter for a cross country ski or snowshoe to the lake. In the summer, the rustic, family friendly trail offers plenty of opportunity for exploring.

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