7 places in B.C. and Alberta you can see the biggest fireworks in the solar system


There's nothing like a gorgeous sunset to start summer off with a bang, make sure to check out these incredible viewing spots for your next "heart-worthy" sunset instagram post.

1) Vermilion, AB


Walks in the park, and deep talks. Always the best with you.

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The Vermilion Provincial Park is a community treasure. Reaching out over nine miles (750 hectares) along the south shore of the Vermilion River Valley. The park is home to 23 kilometres of hiking trails, 5 kilometres of the trails are paved paths for rollerblading and biking, for guests in wheelchairs.

While you are in the area, make sure to stop in at the Taste of Vermilion for some incredible local eats.

2) Bonnyville, AB

Bonnyville is home to Moose Lake Provincial Park, an epicentre for all things water. The park is a destination for plenty of outdoor pursuits — from camping and hiking to canoeing and windsurfing — and there’s a beach area for lounging and taking in the incredible sunsets over the water.

Did you know that Bonnyville is hosting a Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Race this year? Find out more.

3) Athabasca


Five star field accommodations for the week.

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The Athabasca region has a richness of heritage. The region was first settled as the Hudson’s Bay Company’s “headquarters of northern transportation” and “gateway to the north,” which brought much economic growth to the community of Athabasca Landing (now known as Athabasca). Similarly, the historic Athabasca Landing Trail played a significant role in the region’s expansion in the late 1800s and development of agriculture as an economic driver, and the Government of Canada played a role in the establishment of Amber Valley, a community of black refugees from the United States.

Step back in time (and listen to some incredible music) while attending the Magnificent River Rats Festival this Canada Day.

4) Port Alberni, BC

Ah, Port Alberni, the “real west coast.” You'll find a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing and boating, as well as other outdoor adventures such as windsurfing, zip lining, mountain climbing, mountain biking and more.

Did you know that Port Alberni is the gateway to an incredible ancient village? Learn about it here.

5) Kelowna, BC

Sunny skies, lush orchards, U-pick farms, vineyards and restaurant patios paint Kelowna’s summer canvas. But its outdoor recreation scene clinches its appeal — take to the water, trails and beaches for maximum sunset epicness.

Learn more about the area here.

6) Crowsnest Pass, AB

Nestled along the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Alberta, straddling Alberta Highway 3 (Crowsnest Highway), this area is a delight to visit for history enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. Get away from the madding crowds of Banff and Jasper and explore this delightful area that was once home to the famous coal mines of Alberta.

Did you know that Crowsnest Pass is home to several water activities? Learn how to enjoy them here.

7) Vernon, BC

Not just another pretty B.C. interior town, Vernon has always been on the mellower and smaller side of the main Okanagan destinations, which has allowed it to develop at its own pace.

Grab a bike and explore the area while feasting on some delicious local flavours.

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