What To Do

Nestled in the eastern part of the Canadian Badlands, Alberta’s Special Area offers a glimpse back in time, semi-arid landscapes, family pleasures and authentic travel experiences. Whether you take the drive to get away from it, dip your feet in a lake or listen to stories of settlers, you’ll be welcomed and surprised by what you can find if you dig a little deeper.

Hunting & Fishing

The Special Areas is in the middle of the largest migration route and staging area in Alberta. The migration routes of four different species of geese intersect in the immediate Hanna, Cessford, Consort, Oyen and Empress area. Thousands of Canada (Lesser and Greater), White-fronted, Snow and Ross' geese fill the prairie skies from early September to late November providing some awesome hunting experiences.

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Parks & Recreation

Our region has a vast opportunities for the enthusiast in anyone. Whether you love hiking trails and bird watching or live for the rush of water sports and swimming. We have it all just dig a little deeper.

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Shopping in Alberta's Special Areas is a unique and eclectic experience. From summery Farmers' Markets to antiquing, you can find something special here. Come and see our quaint country stores, organic U-Pick farms, and one-of-a-kind art pieces, clothing and jewelry.

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Special Events

Our region has a strong community spirit where people work together to continuously enhance our quality of life though community events to keep you entertained either as a participant or spectator. Some of this regions annual events include Consort's Bannock Tournament, Hanna's Drag Races, Empress Summer curling spiel, and Oyen's Bull-A-Rama. Each community has vibrant car shows, baseball tournament's, Farmers' Markets the list goes on and on.

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Sports & Leisure

The opportunities are endless. Our region has a many parks, trails, lakes, and campgrounds. We also very active in all sport activities from rodeo's, golfing, soccer, hunting, fishing, hockey, figure skating, swimming and many more.

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Tours & Attractions

Leave no stone unturned while you're here. Take advantage of our unique local tours and stop in at one of our many local attractions. There are so many amazing opportunities not to be missed.

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