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Bonnyville

Travel Guide

This small community in eastern Alberta is a perfect place to experience the peace and biodiversity of northern Canada without getting too far from civilization.

Located far north in Alberta’s “Lakeland” area, Bonnyville is a small town surrounded by a natural landscape of wooded lakes. Camp along the shore of one of the dozens of lakes. Fish or ice-fish, depending on the season. Watch for the area’s fauna, like moose and osprey.

In 1907, four French pioneers set up camp where Bonnyville resides today. The many lakes and abundance of game, and trees for lumber and fuel were some of the reasons they decided to establish a new town here. Visit the Bonnyville Museum to learn more about Bonnyville’s founders and to see relics from throughout the town’s history. A vintage log cabin, an old water tower and a schoolhouse are just a few of the thousands of artifacts in the museum’s collection.

Camp on the shore of an area lake to enjoy Bonnyville’s natural surroundings. Vezeau Beach along Moose Lake to the west of town offers a campground along a long, sandy beach. If you have fishing equipment, rent a boat or fish from the shore. Pike, perch and trout are all common in the waters around Bonnyville.Take a walk on the 5-mile (8-kilometer) trail that wraps around Jessie Lake south of town. Watch for birds; the area features three-quarters of Alberta’s bird species, including eagles and ospreys. Look for mammals as well, such as muskrats and an occasional moose.

During the winter, drive northeast to the 144-square-mile (372-square-kilometer) Cold Lake, which is the area’s largest. Every winter, the lake freezes solid, allowing you to walk and even drive out on the surface. Learn from locals how to ice fish. Head to the southeastern shore to find Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort, where you can ski or snowboard in the fresh powder of a northern Canada blizzard.

Arrive in Alberta through Edmonton International Airport, then rent a car and drive about 3.5 hours northeast to reach Bonnyville. Winters are long and summers are humid, but Bonnyville offers natural attractions for visitors in either season.

Where to stay in Bonnyville

Hotel Dene & Conference Centre
Hotel Dene & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
Route 28 and Highway 897, Cold Lake, AB
The price is £52 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Situated in Cold Lake, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Casino Dene and within 9 miles (15 km) of Grand Centre Golf and Country Club and Cold Lake Energy Centre. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (192 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

Hotel Dene & Conference Centre
Ramada by Wyndham Cold Lake
Ramada by Wyndham Cold Lake
2.5 out of 5
4005 50 St, Cold Lake, AB
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £57 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Situated in Cold Lake, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Grand Centre Golf and Country Club, Cold Lake Energy Centre and Casino Dene. Cold ...
4.1/5Very Good! (442 reviews)
"Cleanliness - Good breakfast options - one elevator out of service caused longer wait time."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Cold Lake
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Bonnyville
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Bonnyville
3 out of 5
5409 Lakeland Road, Bonnyville, AB
The price is £64 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
Situated in Bonnyville, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Centennial Centre and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Wetlands Trail. Bonnyville Golf and Country Club and Moose ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (183 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and quiet. Check in was was quick and easy."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Bonnyville
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
2 out of 5
7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB
The price is £60 per night from 29 Jul to 29 Jul
Located in Southwest Calgary, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chinook Centre and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Rockyview General Hospital. Stanley Park and Heritage ...
3.8/5Good! (1,041 reviews)
"Older hotel but clean and comfortable. Stayed one night on way home. Great location, easy access to major roads."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Macleod Trail Calgary
White Spruce Lodge by Spring Creek Vacations
White Spruce Lodge by Spring Creek Vacations
4 out of 5
905 Spring Creek Dr, Canmore, AB
Situated in the mountains, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park and Yamnuska Mountain ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)
"Very high quality and spacious suite Would absolutely stay here again"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

White Spruce Lodge by Spring Creek Vacations
PRC Annex - Pet Friendly
PRC Annex - Pet Friendly
4 out of 5
104-1151 Sidney Street, Canmore, AB
The price is £212 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
This family-friendly Canmore aparthotel is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Canmore Golf and Curling Club, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park ...
3.9/5Very Good! (94 reviews)
"The suite we stayed in was clean and spacious with a nice balcony. The kitchen was well-stocked. We had access to the swimming pool (which recently re-opened). The only downsides were the poor Wifi and not being able to reach the front desk consistently. Overall. We really enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

PRC Annex - Pet Friendly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.