Smoky Lake County

Scenic Recreation & Enjoyment

Box 310 Smoky Lake, AB Canada T0A 3C0
Fax Number:
(780) 656-3768
Phone Number:
(780) 656-3730

Looking for a fun daytrip into Alberta’s countryside? The Smoky Lake Region is a beautiful area full of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Camping, biking, hiking, and horseback riding are common forms of entertainment—and events are held throughout the year.


The Smoky Lake Museum, located on the north side of town, displays a number of interesting artifacts and historic photographs of the area. A large antique machinery collection and the restored Pakan ferry are also hosted here. Pakan was a Hudson's Bay Company Post opened in 1864, serving as a steam boat and ferry landing and a stopping point on the Victoria Trail. A full service RV Park, which overlooks the ravine, is situated between the museum and the agricultural complex.

Bring the family to the Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-off and Fair, held on October 7, 2017. Have your photo taken with giant pumpkins; enjoy the huge Farmers' Market, Art Show & Sale, kid’s activities, the downtown Show 'n Shine, museum threshing bee, and the Giant Pumpkin Drop.

Plan on spending your August long weekend at the Smoky Lake Stampede. Activities include a parade, pancake breakfasts, kids' activities, dance, fireworks, and more.


Smoky Lake Region is a great place to venture out on Alberta's Iron Horse Trail. This multi-use trail is perfect for year-round adventure. Enjoy hiking, biking, quadding or horseback riding. Bring out the snowmobile and the horse-drawn sleigh when the snow falls. Enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful Smoky Lake Golf Course and a home-cooked meal in the clubhouse. You can also stay at their full service RV Park. Take a break in local lake country to visit all that Smoky Lake has to offer.

North of Smoky Lake is the popular Hanmore Lake camping area that's comprised of two campgrounds. You can enjoy an assortment of watersports, a beach, and playground areas.


Treat yourself to the famous Shack Attack Burger at Betsy's Burger Shack and stop by the Old Fashioned Bread Bakery & Deli for a selection of delicious, traditional Ukrainian baked goods. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Smoky Lake Inn – where you'll also find the largest wine selection in northeastern Alberta! – and stay the night where history and luxury converge. Also, check out the new Super 8 along the highway for your stay in Smoky Lake.

Victoria Settlement

History buffs will love a trip on the Victoria Trail along the North Saskatchewan River, just 10 miles south of Smoky Lake off Highway 855. Start at Victoria Settlement, where interpreters bring this former Fort and pioneer settlement to life. It is the site of the oldest building still on its original foundation in Alberta.

Métis Crossing

Located just off Hwy 855 on the Victoria Trail, Métis Crossing, a 512-acre site on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River is comprised of five river lot titles that were owned by Métis settlers in the late 1800's. It is the first – and only – major Métis Cultural Centre in Canada. Currently in development is an exciting new and one-of-a-kind experience that will make history come to life – The Métis Crossing Voyager Experience. This will be a two-day, one-night adventure following an old fur trading route. It will include a stay in a luxury trapper's tent overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Enjoy a traditional fish fry dinner, fiddle music and jig dancing around the campfire. Explore the grounds and buildings, traditional Métis trapping harvest, and a guided voyager canoe tour along the North Saskatchewan River to Victoria Settlement. Stop at the gift shop, stay at the campground, or enjoy the interpretive buildings, trails, and boat launch.

This is an approximate location. Please contact the owner for exact directions.

Last modified on June 20, 2017  by Go East of Edmonton

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