Favourite Alberta travel destinations from the NAIT community

You needn't go far to really get away from it all

Summer plans look different this year, but with responsible travel now permitted within Alberta, 2020 presents a great opportunity to explore our own backyard.

elk island national parkWe asked members of our NAIT community for their recommendations for day trips around Alberta. Here’s what some of our alumni and students said.

Elk Island Park

From Mandy Kostiuk (Photographic Technology '09, Graphic Communications '10): 

My favourite place for a mini day trip is in the outdoors, and there is no better place than Elk Island National Park.

With endless hikes, bison and picnics, my favourite days at Elk Island are spent on the water at Astotin Lake, watching the sunset over the horizon to end the day.

Silver Beach

From Aditya Kumar (Industrial Heavy Equip Technology '19):

Silver beach is calm and soothing. The neighbourhood around it is polite and welcoming. The sound of nature via waves and animals makes it special for me. This place is not far away [from Edmonton], compared to other tourist spots. Anyone can go and enjoy the lovely sunset over the waves of the lake.

the wilderness at silver beach, summer village in Alberta

Banffwilderness at Banff, alberta

From Kezia Hatch (Baking and Pastry Arts student):

I just went to Banff for the first time! 

I love it because the lakes are so pretty and being in the mountains is so peaceful. I am never more calm than when I am camping in the mountains.

If you’re looking for something to do in Banff, try going to the Wild Flour Bakery!

Lac La Biche

From Valerie Peirson (Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising '19)

I chose to go to Lac La Biche because:

  1. The drive is so calming and relaxing. There is a lot of forest and you get to see a lot of wildlife along the way.
  2. It has a small-town atmosphere where everyone knows each other and are very kind.
  3. It has two big lakes to explore. You can check out Lac La Biche or Beaver Lake, which is also close by.
  4. It’s not crowded so [there is] lots of space to social distance.

​​lac la biche, alberta

Whitney Lakes Provincial Parkwhitney lakes provincial park, alberta

From Veronica Evtushevski (Accounting '11):

Just took a trip out to Whitney Lakes Provincial Park.

Crystal clear water, quiet, gorgeous. The perfect spot to spend a day!

Fish Lake Provincial Recreation Area

From Christopher Cure (Biological Sciences Technology – Laboratory Research and Biotechnology student):

Love the Fish Lake area in the Rocky Mountain Forests area. I’m all about those mountains and lakes. This is my favourite [place], as I was surrounded by forest and mountains, crystal-clear lakes. No gas-powered boats are allowed. I was on a raft floating on the lake and a bald eagle came down and grabbed a fish out of the water about 50 yards from me.

bald eagle in alberta, canada

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