Take a day trip and stop in with the kids at the Spray Parks and Hoodoos in Edson, Alberta!

Two hours from Edmonton is a place that you’ve probably never thought to explore as you drive through on your way to Jasper (it’s halfway between Edmonton and Jasper). Finding somewhere along the way to stop with the kids makes road trips easier (and a bit more exciting). There’s less of ‘are we there yet?’ and more tuckered out kids as you’ve tired them out with a bit of pit stop.

Kinsmen Spray Park | grab some lunch to go in Edson, or pack lunch to eat during a picnic and let the kids cool off at the splash park in their swimsuits, on the way. The second-half road trip naps are going to be worth it. Just make sure to pack the towels close to the back so they’re easily accessible in the vehicle.

Spray Parks and Hoodoos in Edson, Alberta

Sundance Provincial ParkSundance Provincial Park is a close by alternative to the badlands. The close-by park is one of those great weekend trip – after all, there are seven trails to explore – but you can also make a quick stop on the way to the mountains and see the ‘hoodoos’: hike 2 km on the Wild Sculpture Trail to reach the hoodoos or continue down through the forest to three lakes. The 2km trail is easy enough for little kids. Easy enough that we’ve done the trail with a three year old in sandals. 

Back in town and want to try something new for lunch? The kids favoured ‘the big cheese’ sandwich at The Funky Fork, and there was plenty to satiate us too.