The Brooks Corn Maze, which opens for the season on August 20th, is an excellent destination for the whole family. Kids can enjoy the magnetic fishpond, play pasture putt golf, pet lambs, bunnies, goats and more. A new corn maze is created each year, so you can have fun getting lost year after year. Afterwards, visit the U-pick for raspberries and fuel up on some fresh farm produce. More recreational fun awaits at the Duchess Golf course, where you can practice your golf swing at its nine-hole par 36 course. It’s nestled against lush greens and offers great fun for golfers of all levels, from competitive players to beginners.
For the History Lovers
Love history? How about dinosaurs? In that case, a visit to the Dinosaur Provincial Park will take you back 75 million years! Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the place to go for researching fossils and offers scenic hiking trails, guided tours and educational programs. Pay a visit to the EID Historical Park, established in 1976 by residents and farmers who wanted to preserve the history of the settlers who came to the area in 1917. The park is spread across 17 acres, with plenty to explore, from the Scandia Pool elevator, the first elevator in Alberta to be declared a historic resource, to the original Bow Slope Shipping Yards.
Enjoy the Local Eats or Spend the Night
Visit Brooks Region’s first craft brewery, Piston Broke Brewing. The brewery offers ten different taps of its own craft beer, a range of non-beer beverages and a loaded menu offering everything from burgers and pub food to specialty poutine; there’s something for everyone. For a quick stop or a beverage to go, drop by The Steaming Cup, which boasts a cozy atmosphere, delicious cups of hot and cold drinks and a range of light lunch menu options. Before hitting the road, drop by the Brooks Farmers’ Market, the go-to for locally made and grown food, drinks and handmade products. Not ready to head home so soon? Emerson Bridge Campground is the perfect place to spend a night or two. It offers plenty of entertainment, including beach volleyball, hiking, horseshoe pits and a ball diamond.
Splash and Play
Love the water? The Brooks Region has the warmest and largest man-made lake in Alberta, Lake Newell. Located just south of Brooks, Lake Newell offers sandy beaches and clear waters perfect for activities like canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming and boating. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and make a full day of your lake visit. For a different type of splash and play day, head to the Duke of Sutherland Water Park, which is open May through September and is one of the largest parks in Brooks. The park’s amenities include a water gun section, a slide and water sprayers. The spray park is free to all users, so you can pop by and cool down anytime!
For more information on Brooks Region, visit brooksregiontourism.com.
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