And just like that, August is here! Enjoy the last official month of summer with these 6 activities that are perfect for the whole family!
1. Meet Local Farmers at Alberta Open Farm Days
Explore local farms and learn more about how your food is produced as part of the 11th annual Alberta Open Farm Days on August 19 and 20!
This two-day, province-wide event encourages residents (and travellers!) to visit Alberta’s diverse farms and connect with its local farmers and producers. Not only will you be able to discover the different locally-made/harvested products offered in Alberta, but you will also have the opportunity to learn more about how your food is made.
This year, Alberta Open Farm Days is shining a spotlight on one of Alberta’s species, the bison, which played an important role as a keystone ingredient for Indigenous peoples throughout history. There are over 450 bison farms operating in Alberta today, accounting for 48% of the Canadian total!
Several Yellowhead County-based farms will be participating in Alberta Open Farm Days this year, including:
Wild Country Gardens (fruit and vegetables),
Wild Ventures Game Farm (elk, bison, beef and other meats),
Rocking T Farms (regenerative farming) and;
At the Woods Experience & Native Wild Trading Post (Indigenous land-based teachings).
Please note that some of these farms will only be open for August 19. Visit albertafarmdays.com for more details.
August 19 & 20 – Various times
2. View Vintage Cars at the Edson Custom Cruisers Show & Shine
Every year the Car Club impresses with their extensive collection of vintage trucks, cars, bikes and more, which are collectively displayed in the park for one full day of viewing. Learn more about the cars by speaking with their owners, who are always excited to chat about their labors of love.
Bouncy castles will also be on site, as well as a concession stand courtesy of the Holy Redeemer Catholic School.
Saturday, August 19 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
3. Taste the Best Food Between Edmonton and Jasper
This self-guided tour includes a map featuring insider tips to the best food, art, roadside attractions, shopping, natural areas and museums (including the Galloway Station Museum, Travel Centre & Archives!) along the Yellowhead Highway, with hilarious road trip games to keep you entertained for the long stretches of road. At each stop, you will have the opportunity to solve a clue, challenge or trivia question that will help you learn more about the area.
This tour is perfect for those looking to support local Alberta businesses and discover hidden gems along the Yellowhead Highway, from authentic farmer’s markets to picturesque picnic stops and craft beverage producers.
To book your tour, visit Alberta Food Tours to pay the fee and download the free app to use your special code to access the tour.
4. Try Out Paddleboard Yoga
Looking to do something new this summer? Give SUP yoga a try!
This month, Yellowhead County is offering several paddleboard yoga classes at the tranquil Miller’s Lake, with more dates to come in September.
SUP yoga offers a unique workout experience. Not only does being on the water add an additional sensory dimension to the practice, it also challenges you to engage different muscles than you would during a regular land-based practice.
Even though it may seem impossible to hold yoga poses on a paddleboard, it is much easier than it looks, although it does require you to be more mindful of your movements.
Enjoy the outdoors, get your sweat on and meet likeminded people at Yellowhead County’s SUP yoga classes this summer!
Tuesday, August 15 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
5. Experience Nature on Horseback
Enjoy the beauty of nature on horseback with HMR Trail Rides this summer!
Located near Beta Lake in the lush and beautiful Yellowhead County, HMR Ranch offers hourly trail rides and other horse experiences for both beginner and first-time riders.
Enjoy views of the beautiful creeks while out on your ride, and be sure to keep your eyes out for local wildlife, such as squirrels, chipmunks, deer, rabbits and more.
After your ride, kick back and relax around the campfire with family or friends. Turn it into a full day trip by staying at one of the local campgrounds in the area, such as Beta Lake, Nojack and Hidden Grove Campground, which are all located within 15 minutes of the ranch.
6. Golf for a Good Cause
Grab your clubs and head out to the golf course for a good cause!
Join Town of Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara on August 25 for his second annual charity golf tournament at the Edson Golf Club! This year, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Edson Animal Rescue Society (EARS), a no-kill rescue that believes every animal deserves a fighting chance.
Registration for this event will not only include 18 holes at the Edson Golf Club, but also a shared power cart, continental breakfast, steak dinner, a silent auction, and the opportunity to participate in hole contest and raffle draws – a great way to support a local non-profit while having fun!
Another great charity golf tournament to support this month is Gabby’s Big Heart, an 18-hole tournament in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Gabby’s Big Heart tournament was started 9 years ago by the Basaraba family in honour of their daughter, Gabriella, who was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease. To date, the tournament has raised over $90,000 for the Stollery Foundation, and the Basarabas are excited to bring the tournament back to Edson this year!
Mayor's Charity Golf Tournament: Friday, August 25 – 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gabby's Big Heart: Saturday, August 26
What activities will you get up to this August?