Autumn Road Trippin'

Southeast Alberta

Nothing beats a beautiful Autumn Sunday on the road!

Finally, it’s Autumn! The season where us fair weather folks thrive. Comfortable temperatures, beautiful fall colours, apple cider, pumpkin pie, spooky decorations — It really is a season worth waiting for. Summer gets all the glory of being the perfect time for family road trips, but nothing beats a beautiful Autumn Sunday on the road, where life feels a little slower and there are so many fun activities to enjoy. Here’s a great list of can’t-miss locations for you to check out:

Enjoy the Fall Colours in the Cypress Hills

If you have never seen the Cypress Hills in the fall — NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! The Cypress Hills are absolutely beautiful this time of year, lit up with vibrant orange and red foliage. Perfect for a warm day’s hike or even just to drive through, it’s worth the stop.

Open: Any time!

Directions: To Elkwater, head East on the #1 towards Swift Current, turn right onto the 41, Buffalo Trail, and follow the signs.

The Brooks Corn Maze is just one hour from Medicine Hat.

Explore the Corn Maze in Brooks

Located just an hour away, the Brooks Corn Maze is the closest attraction of its kind for Medicine Hatters. Once you are done finding your way through the maze, the farm has many other activities like picking your very own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, magnetic fish pond, mini golf, train rides, and farm animals to pet.

Open: Saturdays and Sundays from mid-August to the end of October, 1-5 pm. 

Directions: South of the City of Brooks. Take 7th Street East South, cross the CPR train track, turn left (East) on Industrial Road, in a 300 meters drive through the gate. 

Molnar’s Pumpkin Festival is the perfect spot for an Autumn getaway.

Pick Your Pumpkins and Go For a Wagon Ride at Molnar’s Pumpkin Festival

Heading West on the #3 highway, Molnar’s Pumpkin Festival is just past Taber and a perfect spot for some pumpkin picking festivities! Along with spying that perfect pumpkin to carve up, Molnar’s has a mini corn maze, pony rides, bouncy house, and wagon rides.

Open: Saturdays and Sundays for the month of October, 10am-2:30pm. 

Directions: Barnwell Range Road 173, Barnwell, AL T0K 0B0.

Ogden House can be found in Stirling, Alberta.

Try Out A Spookier Option at Ogden House

A truly unique day trip can be found in Stirling Alberta, just under a two hour drive from Medicine Hat. While the Ogden House at Reimer Park does have typical Fall activities going on through October like their corn maze, pony rides and petting zoo, the activity to pique our interest is the Halloween Haunted House Tours. First built in 1910, the owners, Glory and Richard Reimer, say the spooky Georgian mansion is home to 4 rambunctious ghosts. While the couple lives on the second floor, they open up the main floor and basement for guests to have a chance to meet the paranormal while also adding in some fun and spooks in the ‘dungeon of doom’.

Open: Fridays and Saturdays for the month of October, 6-10pm. 

Directions: 441 4th street, Stirling, AB T0K 2E0.20 minutes south east of Lethbridge on Highway 4.