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    Looking for a nice little weekend getaway near Edmonton...not looking to drive 4 hours or anything nutty. Just a little overnighter for me and gf this weekend (March 7)

    Any good ideas?

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    How about a weekend getaway IN Edmonton. Say a B & B, one of the boutique hotels or one of best hotels in the city (affordable because you will not have to pay for gas!). Most places have weekend rates.

    Union Bank Inn
    Matrix
    The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
    The Fantasyland Hotel at WEM
    Westin Edmonton (Go for a delux/suite)

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    There is a nice hotel at Ft. Edmonton.

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    Yes, forgot about them.

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    Or Sylvan Lake maybe? It's not too far.

    Or Athabasca?

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    There is a nice B & B out by Long Lake (Legal).

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    Yes, try perhaps a getaway in your own city. I think you'd enjoy it. Maybe some nice views, an eclectic hotel, in an interesting area with some nice restaurants to go to nearby.

    Try...
    -Matrix
    -Metterra
    -Union Bank
    -Fairmont
    -or some B&B

    Or you could drive to Jasper? Maybe? I've heard Sylvan Lake (some families/couples/friends have gone there and overall liked it) is good.
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    SE of the city a family is building a bed and breakfast where you can sleep in a caboose, eat in a dining car. I'm not sure when they are planning to open.

    Link: http://www.footloosecaboose.com

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    ^yes forgot about the footloose caboose. What an amazing breakfast they serve. Good cooking. Real butter! No fluffy low fat crap there. All flavours all good. And you can sleep in the railcar the night before. Really nice place.
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    River Cree Resort and Casino.

    Stay and the luxurious Marriot Hotel. And Sage the dining room is one of Edmonton's best kept secrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by booster View Post
    ^yes forgot about the footloose caboose. What an amazing breakfast they serve. Good cooking. Real butter! No fluffy low fat crap there. All flavours all good. And you can sleep in the railcar the night before. Really nice place.
    That sounds really cool... I might have to check it out someday.

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    while 3-4hrs i still think Jasper should be on your list... you could head up after work, be there for a late dinner at the JPL or Pyramid lake... spend the day in jasper and come back that night.
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    I know it's sacriledge to suggest this, but for a nice weekend with the GF try Calgary. It's only 3 hours away and there is lots to do there. They have great dining and their cultural scene is quickly catching up to Edmonton.

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    There are all kinds of little getaways (too many to list)... you might find some ideas under Daytrips, Entertainment, Romance etc. See below.

    Vacation Packages >>

    Personally, I would enjoy a weekend getaway via the Snowtrain to Jasper. Lots of time to chat - no need to drive, and you can enjoy Jasper too! Stay in or head out on the town, it up to you!

    Take the Snowtrain to Jasper >>

    Have fun and let us know where you decide to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraW View Post
    How about a weekend getaway IN Edmonton. Say a B & B, one of the boutique hotels or one of best hotels in the city (affordable because you will not have to pay for gas!). Most places have weekend rates.

    Union Bank Inn
    Matrix
    The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
    The Fantasyland Hotel at WEM
    Westin Edmonton (Go for a delux/suite)
    I think that's an awesome idea Debra. Actually I have done this at the Fairmont MacDonald and also the Delta Centre Suite and had a different outlook feeling like a "tourist". There are usually some deals to be found at short notice and I believe the Sunday brunch at the MacDonald is wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraW View Post
    How about a weekend getaway IN Edmonton. Say a B & B, one of the boutique hotels or one of best hotels in the city (affordable because you will not have to pay for gas!). Most places have weekend rates.

    Union Bank Inn
    Matrix
    The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
    The Fantasyland Hotel at WEM
    Westin Edmonton (Go for a delux/suite)
    I think that's an awesome idea Debra. Actually I have done this at the Fairmont MacDonald and also the Delta Centre Suite and had a different outlook feeling like a "tourist". There are usually some deals to be found at short notice and I believe the Sunday brunch at the MacDonald is wonderful.
    I have acted as a tourist in all those places as well (and a few others like Sutton Place).

    The brunch at the Mac is wonderful and is probably one of of the better in town.

    Best brunch I have found is in Calgary however. The Delta Bow Valley is where we always stay and their made-to-order crepes and omelets are fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60 View Post
    I know it's sacriledge to suggest this, but for a nice weekend with the GF try Calgary. It's only 3 hours away and there is lots to do there. They have great dining and their cultural scene is quickly catching up to Edmonton.
    There's lots of Edmontonians who will visit Calgary for a weekend getaway and vice-versa, so not sacrilegious at all.
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    Some great suggestions but I have to say that one of the best aspects of the "getaway" for me is the actual change of scenery and I doubt I'd get the same relaxation effect if I stayed in town. Would be too tempted to take care of my errands, meet friends, etc.

    Physically getting out of town is a huge help for me to take a break from real life.

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    Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

    Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..

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    Last year in March we took the Snow Train to Jasper for the weekend - it was lovely. The train would take about the same amount of time as driving except freight has a higher priority than people so you get shunted off periodically and have to wait for freight trains to pass, so it takes longer. Very pleasant trip, though, and the hotels sent vans to pick up passengers at the train station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Foster View Post
    Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

    Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
    Yes, Lake Eden was definitely a popular place for swimming and fishing in the summertime, and skiing in the winter.

    It was closed down in the 90's, but was recently purchased in 2004, by a fellow named Jack Purdy. He is trying to turn the area into a luxury residences. From what I can tell, the county gave current cabin owners (who were illegally parked on the land) until April 30th, 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mediahead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Foster View Post
    Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

    Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
    Yes, Lake Eden was definitely a popular place for swimming and fishing in the summertime, and skiing in the winter.

    It was closed down in the 90's, but was recently purchased in 2004, by a fellow named Jack Purdy. He is trying to turn the area into a luxury residences. From what I can tell, the county gave current cabin owners (who were illegally parked on the land) until April 30th, 2009.
    ^ 3words....google Jack Purdy
    Conclusion..A) Avoid investing with Purdy & B) anything to do with Lake Eden will never happen (scam)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Foster View Post
    Whatever happened to Lake Eden? Its current state is somewhat reminiscent of a Friday the 13th movie. Did it ever used to be a popular getaway? The lodge, I remember had a restaurant - not sure if it had rooms or not - but I'm sure there were cabins for rent at one point..

    Went there a few years ago to poke around, and it was creepy..
    I cover this on my Lake Eden history website:
    http://www.lakeeden.ca/2011/12/31/wh...-to-lake-eden/

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    Interesting. Very poor business practices on his part.

    In fact, who'd actually sign up after this show of magnanimous management skills?

    No apparent promises of upgrades in exchange for cash on the barrelhead, so you have to wonder if it wasn't a highly levered purchase.

    Campers northwest of Edmonton left scrambling after new owner issues ultimatum | Globalnews.ca

    "...The new owner of Elks Beach Campground on Lac La Nonne, just south of Barrhead, recently surprised year-to-year leaseholders with an ultimatum: pay $35,000 for a 35-year term or vacate their lots by May 22.
    ...
    In a letter to campers obtained by Global News, Marcotte says “we are moving away from year-to-year leasing and immediately implementing a 35-year term for all site[s]. The price per site will be $35,000+GST, plus estimated monthly operating costs….”

    “While we recognize that this is a significant upfront cost, it works out to $1,000 per year which, when compared to yearly seasonal sites in the area, we will be the lowest average yearly cost option on Lac La Nonne.… A deposit of 10 per cent will be required by May 15, 2017 to secure your lot, with the balance due by June 1, 2017.”..."

    A second letter gives campers an extension to vacate their lots.


    http://globalnews.ca/news/3449779/ca...ues-ultimatum/
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    Another place that was great was Lily Lake near Bon Accord. Not sure what's up today.

    A good day trip is going east to Elk Island, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, the Vegreville Pysanka and the Mundare Sausage.
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    Drove through the Lily Lake thing last summer just abandoned and growing in pens and cages from the game farm and the resort (old red barn) and lodge just deteriorating. I remember Johnny Cash performed there back in the day. Website says new owners and open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Drove through the Lily Lake thing last summer just abandoned and growing in pens and cages from the game farm and the resort (old red barn) and lodge just deteriorating. I remember Johnny Cash performed there back in the day. Website says new owners and open.
    This?
    https://www.lilylakeresort.com

    Is the Red Barn building theirs?

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    Pity Wabamum is not set up to handle resort and quick get-aways from Edmonton yet.

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    We still need our own version of Kananaskis somewhere between Edmonton and Jasper.

    Anyway, back to the necro topic at hand.

    I found this:
    http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/07/3...an-do-in-a-day
    Suggestions from the article not already mentioned:
    - Lacombe
    - Gull Lake
    - Riverview Bike Park in Devon
    - Wizard Lake
    - rafting on the Pembina River near Entwhistle
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