things to do in Vermilion, sky view of the green lush landscape of water & land


Nestled in gently rolling agricultural country, Vermilion was established in 1906. The town got its name from the red clay in the river valley, and means, ‘A bright red mercuric sulphide used as a pigment.’

Vermilion is ideally situated a stone’s throw away from one of Alberta’s largest provincial parks and boasts great outdoor activities year-round. Listed below are a few of our suggestions for local attractions and activities to add to your travel itinerary. You can also find out more by visiting the Vermilion city website.

Head Downtown

Take a self-guided walking tour through downtown Vermilion to unlock this town’s fascinating history, or check out the Vermilion Heritage Museum for an interesting peek into the life and times of the area’s early settlers. The museum is open seasonally from May to September, and admission is by donation.

Shop Local

Speaking of the spring and summer season - you can’t miss the local farmers’ markets. Find fresh produce, organic goods, and other one-of-a-kind artisanal treats at the Vermilion Farmers’ Market, opening seasonally on the May long weekend.

Tee Time

The Vermilion Golf and Country Club features a nine-hole, par 35 course with a full driving range, practice facility and Pro-Shop. Located one mile south of town, this beautifully contoured course plays host to several exciting golf tournaments year-round.

Explore Outdoors

Vermilion is home to one of Alberta’s largest parks, the Vermilion Provincial Park, which follows the shoreline of the picturesque Vermilion River Valley. Here, you can explore great hiking and biking trails, fishing and canoeing at the park’s man-made lake during the summer and spring, or fantastic cross-country skiing during winter and fall.

Indoor Recreation

Catch a hockey game or watch a figure skating event at the Vermilion Stadium, featuring two ice arenas with drop-in recreation times as well as semi-professional ice events, including curling. During the summer months, the arenas are used for inline hockey and lacrosse.