Everything You Need To Know About The Pumpkin Capital Of Alberta

Everything You Need To Know About The Pumpkin Capital Of Alberta

Oct. 01, 2019

Looking for things to do in Smoky Lake? You’re probably looking for some exciting activities to do on a weekend road trip before the snow starts flying. Well, we’ve got a list of things for you to sink your teeth into and enjoy over your break away!

The Great White North Pumpkin Fair

Did you know that Smoky Lake is home to The Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Fair? Taking place on the first Saturday of October every year, contestants travel thousands of kilometres to compete against the pumpkin growers of Alberta. With $1400 (and a nice plaque) at stake, competition’s tough! The largest pumpkin to date weighed 1,884 pounds!

Visitors to the fair can enjoy the cars and trucks that come to shine at the Iron Cruisers Show & Shine, or they can stop at the bakery and indulge in a delicious locally-baked pumpkin treat. Kids can have fun too by playing at the petting zoo or going for a ride on the mini midway. And don’t forget about the famous Pumpkin Drop! (How could you pass up seeing a crane drop a giant pumpkin onto a car?)

Not here in time to see the pumpkin festival? Don’t worry there are so many more things to do in Smoky Lake!

Farmers’ Markets in Smoky Lake

From April to December there is a fantastic Farmers’ Market that runs every Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The market is held in the Smoky Lake Agricultural Complex and features a variety of local produce like dairy, meats, baked goods and even some delicious traditional Ukrainian food. There are also special markets throughout the year including Easter time, Mother’s Day, Christmas markets and of course The Great White North Pumpkin Fair Farmers’ Market.

Smoky Lake Golf Club

If you’re looking to let off a bit of steam, there isn’t anything better than a round of golf! Smoky Lake Golf Club is located just outside of town and is a well maintained 9-hole course. With some challenging greens on offer, there’s also the beautiful landscape surrounding it to offer a well-deserved break from the office. 

Smoky Lake CN MuseumFor something with a bit of history behind it, check out the CN Museum. At this quaint stop off, you can take a step back in time and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of our pioneers and the history of the town of Smoky Lake. There’s no admission charge, but donations are very welcome! This is a great (free!) option for those travelling with kids.

There’s so much to see and do in Smoky Lake — there’s truly something for everyone.  It’s also the perfect launch point for Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail! Quad up or saddle up before taking a memorable trip down the trail.

There is a lot more to be seen along Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail so if you like what you see in Smoky Lake, then why not take a look at all the other destinations along the trail. 

Take a look at our website to see what else catches your eye and send us a message if you have any questions. You can also check out upcoming events in the area — year-round adventure awaits!