Pick any direction. Hundreds of adventures await you in the Greater Edmonton Region. Suggestions can be found at www.edmontonscountryside.com, which details destinations such as:

CLIFFORD E. LEE NATURE SANCTUARY — An ideal location for a nature walk, with its variety of marsh and plant life, birds, and animals. This pristine site offers watchable wildlife at their best. (West; 33 km SW of city centre)

ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK — Canada’s first wildlife sanctuary boasts plenty of wilderness and wildlife for the nature and animal lover. (East; hour’s drive E of city on Hwy 16/Yellowhead)

STRATHCONA WILDERNESS CENTRE — Offers wildlife viewing as well as canoeing, hiking, and cross-country skiing fun. (5235 Range Road 212, 20 minutes East of Sherwood Park on Township)

CHICKAKOO LAKE PARK — North of Stony Plain and home to a diverse wildlife collection and many bird species, this nearby park is perfect for a self-guided tour. (West; 20 minutes drive of Edmonton, just north of Stony Plain)

COOKING LAKE — Blackfoot Recreational Area — Will appeal to hikers with its 150- km-plus of trails ideal for mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. (East; hour’s drive on Hwy 16/Yellowhead)

THE LEDUC #1 ENERGY DISCOVERY CENTRE — Named one of Canada’s Top 10 New or Improved Attractions by the editors of WHERE Canada, the historic site of the Leduc No. 1 Oil Well that made Edmonton the Oil Capital of Canada features interpretive displays, artifacts, photos, archives, towering rigs, and more. (South; 45 minutes drive SE of city, to Devon)

CASTROL RACEWAY NEAR DEVON — Race fans will shift into adrenaline gear with a trip to this exciting speedway. (South; 20 minutes S of city, W of Nisku)

Experience cultural delights at FESTIVAL PLACE in Sherwood Park (East), ARDEN THEATRE in St. Albert (North), DOW CENTENNIAL CENTRE in Fort Saskatchewan (East), HORIZON STAGE in Spruce Grove (West), MACLAB CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Leduc (South) — all top-notch performing arts centres and all well worth the drive — on the outskirts of Edmonton.

REYNOLDS-ALBERTA MUSEUM IN WETASKIWIN — Celebrating the spirit of the machine, this large extensive museum contains artifacts from all modes of transport, including automobile, motorcycle, and airplane. (South; 45-minute drive S of city)