Highway 14 – The Poundmaker Trail

The Poundmaker Trail is named after Chief Poundmaker who, during his lifetime, led his Cree band in search of buffalo over the vast territory which stretched from the Battlefords in Saskatchewan west into Alberta toward Edmonton.

The Poundmaker Trail exits Edmonton leaving the busy city life for a land of scenic beauty and rural communities rich in history, heritage and a birdwatchers paradise in Beaver County.

Driving south then east of Sherwood Park, take Highway 14 through the scenic Beaver Hills area of Strathcona County, encompassing Cooking Lake and other recreational attractions. After passing by Ministik and Lindbrook, be sure to turn in at Tofield, the site of the annual Snowgoose Festival, and a great place to enjoy a meal. Visit the Tofield Museum at the Beaverhill Lake Nature Centre, or head out to do some birdwatching at nearby Beaverhill Lake, a Wetland of International Importance. Next, go east to the Village of Ryley, which boasts everything from an indoor swimming pool and Wellness Centre, to a yearly threshing bee.

Continuing on to Holden, be sure to stop by the Museum and check out the program of events at the Beaver Regional Arts Centre. It’s a good idea to arrive in Bruce during its famed rodeo, an event that was started 89 years ago, making it the oldest and largest one-day show in Canada. Moving on to Viking, the home of the famous NHL Sutter brothers, you should drop by the museum at the 1921 hospital, and take a side-trip to the nearby Ribstones to view native carvings in stone believed to be over a thousand years old. And be sure to stop and smell the flowers – Viking is a winner in the National and International Communities in Bloom Competitions!