Highway 16 Tour
The Highway 16 route takes you from Lloydminster at the west end and through the hometown of Go East of Edmonton - Vegreville, through the newly established Beaver Hills Biosphere, Sherwood Park and all the way to Edmonton and lots of really awesome stuff to see and do along the way.
EventsThe Lavoy Action Society offers up some fun events through the year, including a Mother's Day event and Canada Day Celebrations.
In Vegreville, you'll get treated to numerous top-class events throughout the year, including the annual Father's Day Event, the Pysanka Festival, the Country Fair and the ever popular vEGGfest. Head over to the Vegreville Airport on May 29th, June 18th, August 29th and September 10th for the Vegreville Drag Races.
The Josephburg Agricultural Society is active throughout the year with events ranging from The Country Classics - the county's largest livestock event, Josephburg Presents - a popular concert series, and Christmas in the Heartland - a popular event that welcomes the holiday season.
One of the oldest and most loved summer fairs in the region is the Vermilion Fair. Make sure your summer plans include this fantastic event!
MuseumsThe Vegreville Regional Museum, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and the Strathcona County Museum and Archives are just a few of the attractions you can visit to get to know some of the interesting history of our region. At the Vegreville Regional Museum you can expect to find details of stories which shaped local history since 1890. At the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village you will be able to experience history come to life throughout the open season as real life actors portray everyday life of the pioneer Ukrainian culture. Head over to the Strathcona County Museum and Archives for interpretive tours and visits and detailed displays and exhibits themed around Aboriginal culture and the pioneer era.
Roadside AttractionsLloydminster has the distinction of being the border city with the tallest border markers in Canada. Head east to Vegreville and stop in at the Elks Park, the location of the world's largest pysanka.
GolfRolling Greens Fairway in Lloydminster is a popular course for a round of golf and now it is also becoming a popular destination for camping with Stay and Play packages. But we've got awesome camping all along the scenic Highway 16 route, including Elk Island Golf Course and Whitetail Crossing Golf Course in Mundare.
CampingWe have some of the best campgrounds in Alberta right here in our own backyard. Along the Highway 16 route, check out the Innisfree Recreation Park, the Rolling Green Fairways RV Park, Strathcona Wilderness Centre, Elk Island Reteat and many more. We've got the complete campgrounds guide for Highway 16 on our website here.
TrailsOur towns and cities are doing a great job developing fun parks and awesome trail systems. Check out the playground, outdoor fitness centre and walking trail in Vegreville while you're visiting The World's Largest Pysanka at the Elk's Park.
Sherwood Park is a particularly notable location for trail systems with the entire city being carefully planned and masterminded - including trail systems throughout. Not to mention exceptional playgrounds and splash park.
Hiking lovers will want to check out Elk Island National Park. See the bison and other wildlife, enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature all around you and fill your lungs with clean, crisp fresh air. Another excellent natural park destination for your hiking pleasure is the Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area.
Have you read about the Beaver Hills Biosphere? You'll be driving right through this newly designated Biosphere along the Highway 16 Tour so check out the details by clicking the link!
More Outdoor Attractions and AdventuresTake the kids to the awesome petting zoo just east of Lloydminster. In addition to a fun trail system at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre, you'll also find many fun organized activities happening throughout the summer, rental facilities, campsites and more.
ShoppingWe've got fabulous shopping from west to east along Highway 16. In Lloydminster you'll find the revitalized LloydMall and the Lloydminster Home Hardware for shopping all year long and a huge holiday shopping extravaganza at the Lloydminster Christmas Craft Fair. You won't want to miss it.
In Vegreville, you'll find the Ceramic Cottage, a handcrafted Ukrainian ceramics shop - celebrate 125 years of Ukrainian immigration with a stunning keepsake from this beautiful culturally rich shop. Don't miss checking out the rest of the shops in Vegreville's historic downtown core.
See here for the Quilting Tour with stops in Vermilion and Mundare at The Chicken Coop.
DiningWe've got great dining options all along this route. Check out the unique and delicious café in Lloydminster Home Hardware, East Market Noodle House, The Clock Tower - all in Lloydminster.
MarketsEnjoy Shop in the Park in Vegreville every Friday from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. Head over to Little Guy Liqour in Sherwood Park for a generous selection of local brews and hard to find products. Stop in at Prime Cuts along mainstreet, Vegreville for delicious meats and sausages for your homemade dinner. It wouldn't be a complete market tour along Highway 16 without a stop in at the Stawnichy's Meat Processing store - your destination for all of your traditionally made Ukrainian meat products! Also check out the Border City Market in Lloydminster and Vermilion Packers.
A great place to live, work and play situated just east of Edmonton.
Visit Strathcona County...
Town of Vegreville
Located only one hour east of Edmonton on Highway 16.
The County of Minburn is located just 45 minutes east of Edmonton.
Visit Minburn County....
Hamlet of Lavoy
Located just 15 km east of Vegreville on Highway 16.
Village of Innisfree
Located 1 hour 15 minutes east of Edmonton and 1 hour west of Lloydminster.
County of Vermilion River
Located on Yellowhead Highway 16, Highways 41, 17, 45 and 897.
Visit Vermilion River Region...
Town of Vermilion
Located 2 hours east of Edmonton on Highway 16.
Village of Kitscoty
The vibrant village of Kitscoty is located at the junction of Highways 16 & 897.
Village of Paradise Valley
Located 50 km southwest of Lloydminster or south of Kitscoty on Hwy 897.
Visit Paradise Valley...
City of Lloydminster
Located 2 1/2 hours east on Highway 16 straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.