Smoky Lake Region Ag & Culinary AdventuresSmoky Lake Region welcomes you to share there experience of the land and people. Ukrainian heritage, indigenous historical sites combined with beautiful lake lands, and a strong agrarian economy create a unique environment, and context to explore the Smoky Lake Region, just northeast of Edmonton. Come, visit and share your experiences with others.
Create your own self-guided driving tour in the Smoky Lake Region just 1 hour east of Edmonton. Click on image below for the online Adventure Guide or scroll down to see some of the featured Producers and Eateries.
Meet the Producers
Bear Lake Honey
Pick up some locally grown, family loved honey at the Smoky Lake Farmers Market. Enjoy this fresh honey produced primarily from clover and alfalfa. The Farmers Market is Saturdays at the Ag Complex from 10 am - Noon.
Visit Nancy and Brad at their colourful greenhouse for all your flower garden needs! From the beginning of May until they sell out they have a variety of bedding plants, perennials, and trees to choose from.
Location: 60106 Range Road 152, north of Bellis
Hutterian Brethren of Smoky Lake Colony
Stop in at the Greenhouse offering flowers, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers from the beginning of May to the second week in June, Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, and 7 pm to 9 pm. Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm.
Location: 5 miles South of Smoky Lake on Hwy 855
Linda’s Market Garden
A local Fresh vegetable farmer in your backyard! Take advantage of great in-season produce and u-pick strawberries, saskatoons, high bush cherries and choke cherries. Visit their farm store for seasonal vegetables like broccoli, cheese cauliflower, yellow beans, peas, cabbage, onions and more!Location: 59314 Highway 28, Smoky Lake, Alberta
Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Daily until Halloween
Facebook: @Linda’s Market Gardens
Meadow Creek Farms
All your food is planted with love and Farmer Mandy believes you will taste the difference in her locally, sustainably grown food. Mandy follows the philosophy that you feed the soil not the plants. Mandy specializes in garlic, onions and field tomatoes. Her menu also includes free range chicken, pork and turkey. Check out her online store, and delivery schedule today! Weekly deliveries to Fort McMurray.
Location: North of Waskatenau, Alberta
River Rock Alpacas and Apiaries Ltd.
Help a family live their dream of bringing you quality, unique items and enjoy the benefits of locally produced alpaca fibre, yarns, socks, insoles, as well as knit, crochet and felt creations. They also offer raw beeswax, beeswax candles, beeswax food wraps, honey and a variety of infused honey. Visitors are welcome to their farm but need to contact them first.
Location: South of Smoky Lake, Alberta
Animals and humans alike will love the healing oils provided from Riverside Emu's. Having problems with your skin or perhaps a wound that needs healing, they have an oil that will help! The products they carry are; emu capsules, eggshells, soap, lip balm; plus cutting boards, cups, bathroom sets, money banks, and stained glass art featuring Bernie Brown pictures. Call Willy to find out what market they will be at this month!
Location: South of Smoky Lake, 17447 Victoria Trail - 1 1/2 km west on Victoria Trail off Hwy 855
Ruth's seasonal greenhouse supplies Smoky Lake and area with all of your bedding plant needs! From hanging baskets, patio planters, potted tomatoes and much more.
Location: 58406 Range Road 182, South of Smoky Lake
Serben Farms Store
Now run by 4th generation farmers Jered and Julia Serben, along with their 3 children, today's operation resembles its roots - the farm hosts a variety of animal species, raised using natural, pasture-based farming methods. Their store has everything they grow and more locally sourced treasures. Enjoy free-range chicken, pork, beef, lamb and eggs plus fresh vegetables. They also have a Ukrainian Foods and a signature line of gourmet fresh sausages you won’t find anywhere else!
Location: At the corner of Hwy 28 and RR 180, 5 km West of Smoky Lake, Alberta. See website for store hours.
Winding Road Artisan Cheese
Enjoy some locally made hand-crafted artisan cheese. They use only organic cows milk and a unique vegetable enzyme to create their high quality cheeses. Be sure to try out their award-winning RDB cheese, named after the cheesemakers grandfather. In the region you can purchase their cheeses at Serben Farms or throughout Alberta at various locations.
Where to Dine?
Betsy’s Burger Shack
Take a step back in time at Betsy’s Burger Shack. Not only will you love the famous burgers but you will also appreciate the classic drive in style building and diner atmosphere.
Location: 179 Wheatland Ave, Smoky Lake, Alberta
Open: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm
Maple Garden Restaurant
Enjoy Chinese & Western Cuisine, fully licensed. Friday lunch and evening smorg.
Location: 181 White Earth St., Smoky Lake
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am to 9 pm
You'll want to try creations from Noel, a Red Seal Journeyman Chef, who has a special love and talent for desserts! Contact Noel for catering special events, including at the Smoky Lake Golf Course, or to reserve Noel's Place for your group.
Old Fashioned Bread Bakery & Deli
A family owned enterprise seeking to provide the local community with authentic Ukrainian baked goods. Step into a bakery decorated with artistic features created by local artists while enjoying great homemade goodies.
Location: 114 White Earth St, Smoky Lake, Alberta
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 7 am to 3 pm
Red Chimney Restaurant
Enjoy daily breakfast and lunch specials at this family restaurant. With a variety of items on the menu everyone in the family will be sure to find something satisfying.
Location: 32 Wheatland Ave, Smoky Lake
Open: Daily 8 am to 9 pm
Skyway on 28
Specializing in Chinese and Western Cuisine. Diners can enjoy anything from hamburgers, pasta, fish and chips to seafood.
Location: 4203 - 56 Street, Smoky Lake at the Country Garden Hotel along Highway 28
Smoky Lake Inn Restaurant
The team at Smoky Lake Inn are committed to satisfying their customers with great food and excellent service. Offering a wide vareity of delicious dishes for lunch and dinner, serving Alberta craft beer and local wine.
Location: 4 Wheatland Ave, Smoky Lake, Alberta
Northern Lights Truck Stop
A Fas Gas location with a Convenience Store featuring unique giftware, Motel, Liquor Store, and Mr. Sub & Country Style Coffee Shop featuring a wide variety of donuts, bakery items, breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
T&T Iron Horse Cafe
Enjoy the comforts of a family and senior friendly roadside diner. Step in and view the dessert glass case complete with freshly baked goods daily. The service is great, and the food is delicious.
Location: Hwy. 28 Waskatenau
Open: Monday - Saturday 6:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday 7 am to 10 pm
More Food Options!
Gas station, Convenience Store, and Eatery. Made daily: sandwiches, salads, pizza and more. Ice cream pit open in summer season.
Location: Corner ot Hwy 28 & Hwy 857 near Bellis.
Pepper's Highway Service Inc.
Petro Canada Gas Station, Liquor Store, and Convenience Store featuring a very popular self-serve bakery.
Location: Highway 28 in Waskatenau
Smoky Lake Esso
Gas Station, Convenience Store, and Eatery serving chicken, pizza, fresh sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches, made in-house. Enjoy soft serve ice cream, slushies and ice cream treats. Alberta craft beer and wines available at Gofer Liquor store located behind the Esso.
Location: 5504 - 44 Avenue, Smoky Lake
Judy's Ukrainian Cooking
Love authentic Ukrainian cuisine?! Pick up your perogies and cabbage rolls at the Serben Farm Store, Linda's Market Garden or have an event catered by Judy!
Other Shopping... While visiting the Smoky Lake Region, there are a number of specialty shops to also visit and enjoy including:
- HJC's Retail in Waskatenau
- Smoky Lake Mercantile Thrift Shop
- Heritage Corner Shoppe in Bellis