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Beyond City Limits: Fresh Air & Falling Leaves

Beyond City Limits: Fresh Air & Falling Leaves

Fall is here!  A fleeting season that passes in the blink of an eye.  Which is even more reason to get out and experience it before those first snowflakes of winter officially end it for another year.  In Edmonton, we have SO much to do both in the city and outside during fall, so this week, we head beyond the city limits for a wonderful day (or weekend) to celebrate everyone’s second favourite season.

A short drive on the Yellowhead Highway from Edmonton’s eastern boundary is Elk Island National Park.  With a name like that, you’d think the main attraction would be elk, and originally, it was.  The Park was set up as an elk preserve but, over time, it became an integral location for a breeding program that brought bison back from near extinction in the late 19th century.  Today, the origins of most bison in North America can be traced back to that program in Elk Island National Park.  History aside, it’s thrilling to glimpse these plains giants in real life, considering they were once hunted to only 1000 in the entire continent.  

When entering the park from Highway 16, take the Elk Island Parkway to Bison Loop Road.  Here you will be near to a spot where the animals typically like to hang out and can view them from the safety of your vehicle.  You may also encounter them in the park during hiking or biking.  Be sure to review safety precautions in advance of your visit so that both you and the wildlife stay safe and happy.

Together with bison viewing, Elk Island National Park offers numerous activities for the autumn visitor, the simplest being a walk to take in the fresh air and brightly coloured leaves.  Pack a picnic and stop for a snack at the Astotin Lake Recreation Area where you’ll find the Pavilion, the oldest open air picnic structure in the national parks system.  But go early as it is first come, first served.

Backtrack from the Elk Island to Sherwood Park for a stop at the Greenland Garden Centre.  This year-round attraction follows the garden centre formula to a “T” which makes for an entertaining stop.  While everything garden-related is certainly covered off, your trip to Greenland’s can include a delicious lunch at their Branches restaurant and browsing fashion and home décor items.  Finally, take a walk in their 2-acre botanical garden with water feature.  Feel like visiting later in October?  That’s when the centre transforms into a large Christmas-themed shop with trees, decorations and all the magic of the holiday season.

If you’ve got time, and are planning your Edmonton getaway by October 16th, check out the Edmonton Corn Maze in Spruce Grove.  Visitors who make all the right moves could finish the maze in 30 minutes, but most people need about an hour.  Afterwards, pick up fresh produce at the on-site market, including pumpkins, and pet some friendly farm animals.  If you miss it this year, the maze opens again in summer 2022, with a whole new orientation to make your way through.  

If you’re planning to do some of these fall activities and need a place to stay, look at our hotel selections below.  Plus, tell us in the comments about your fave things to do in the autumn!

Next week, we’ll look at how to celebrate Halloween, Edmonton-style, with haunted places, scary attractions, and spooky treats (for those who like the sweets rather than the scaring!).  Don’t miss it! Sign up for our Insider email so you’ll get our weekly blog, early notice of amazing deals and special promotions delivered right to your inbox.

Hotels within 4 kilometers:

Sandman Signature Sherwood Park Hotel

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Our spacious guest rooms features a 42-inch HDTV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and hi-tech design features all while exuding modern style and timeless elegance. Upgrade to a suite for extra comfort and a separate living area whilst enjoying the restaurants and parks in the surrounding area.

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Holiday Inn and Conference Centre Edmonton South

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Located in the hub of Edmonton South, the Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South is minutes away from Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Downtown Edmonton, Edmonton Research Park and the largest open mall South Edmonton Common.

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Ramada by Wyndham Edmonton South

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Conveniently located off Highway 2 and 53rd Avenue, our clean and accommodating guest rooms were designed with your comfort in mind, featuring thoughtful amenities to brighten your stay. Whether you are our guest for just one night or an extended stay, we offer comfortable accommodations at a great price.

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The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2023 for rewards except for noted below blackout dates.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

Blackout dates are from July 4, 2023, to September 5, 2023.  Edmonton Best Hotels reservations made for hotel stays during the blackout period are not eligible for rewards.  Any guest who makes bookings for hotel stays during the blackout period prior to 11:59 pm, July 3, 2023, will receive the rewards they booked.

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard,  or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 24 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 

Reservations

Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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