East Central Alberta is a region of Central Alberta, to the east and southeast of Edmonton up to the Saskatchewan border.

Lloydminster border marker

Cities Edit

Map of East Central Alberta
  • 1 Lloydminster — agricultural town that straddles the border with Saskatchewan
  • 2 Donalda & Forestburg — tiny agricultural communities located near the Battle River valley, Donalda is home to the world's largest oil lamp
  • 3 Provost — jumping off point to Bodo Archaeological Site, one of the largest and most well-preserved pre-contact archeological areas in Western Canada.
  • 4 Tofield — home to Beaverhill Lake, an important bird habitat
  • 5 Vegreville — an agricultural community with strong ties to the Ukrainian community, and home to the world's biggest Ukrainian Easter egg
  • 6 Vermilion — a welcome relief from people travelling along the Yellowhead Highway
  • 7 Viking — an agricultural community located near the home of Canada's oldest one-day professional rodeo
  • 8 Wainwright — home to an 845-m-long steel railway trestle bridge

Other destinations Edit

  • 1 Kalyna Country – Alberta's Ukrainian ethnic enclave which includes many small farming villages

Understand Edit

In 1870 the Hudson's Bay Company sold its claim over the region to Canada, and Canada then negotiated treaties with the First Nations, confining them to small reserves in exchange for food and medicine (the bison were nearly extinct by this time due to overhunting). A promised railway connection to the rest of Canada did not reach anywhere near here until 1891, when settlers from the rest of Canada and Europe began to arrive in the region.

The main industry here for the early settlers was the bulk export of cereal grains, especially wheat, by means of rail. The legacy of this are the many heritage sites related to both agriculture and railways that can be seen here.

Talk Edit

Alberta's official language is English with some limited rights for the French-speaking minority. Nearly everyone here will speak English fluently. A variety of other languages are spoken by individual people. However, you should not count on your hotel or other businesses to be able to serve you in any other language. They may do so, but it is at their own discretion.

Offices of the federal government of Canada (post offices, passport offices, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the national parks) are required to be able to serve you both English and French, but this does not mean that every employee is fluent in French, especially in this region. If you need services in French, you will need to have patience with non-fluent speakers or wait for a French-speaking employee to become available.

Get in Edit

By plane Edit

The nearest major airport is in Edmonton which has connections to the rest of Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. A regional airports exists in Lloydminster with connections to Edmonton.

By train Edit

By bus Edit

By car Edit

Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway), is the main route through the region, connecting to Vegreville, Vermillion and Lloydminster. Eastbound travelers can reach region from Edmonton and westbound travelers can reach the region from Saskatoon.

Get around Edit

The majority of trips through this region are by private automobile, and many places are only accessible by road.

See Edit

Vegreville pysanka

Kalyna Country is a living museum of Austrian, Polish, Romanian, and especially Ukrainian settlement and immigration. The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village 50 km east of Edmonton on Highway 16 has over 30 historic buildings.

Check out the numerous small museums in this region.

Holy Trinity Russo Orthodox Church, Wostok, Lamont County

The Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre is a public art gallery, and science centre focused on the oil industry.

The Vegreville Pysanka, constructed of thousands of aluminium pieces, is a 9-m-tall Ukrainian Easter egg.

Lamont County is home to 40 historic churches of a variety of denominations that can be visited on a self-guided driving tour.

Do Edit

For birdwatchers, 270 bird species have been reported at Beaverhill Lake, near Tofield, with 145 known to breed locally.

The Wainwright Stampede at the end of June has rodeos, chuckwagon races, parade, rides and an agricultural fair.

Drink Edit

There are a few craft breweries and distilleries that have popped up here since the loosening of liquor laws in 2015.

Stay safe Edit

Crime, like in most of Canada, is not a major concern, but hazardous driving caused by extreme weather and collisions with wildlife can be.

Go next Edit

This region travel guide to East Central Alberta is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.