There are two campgrounds and RV parks within Edson and a few more within a short drive.
Located in Yellowhead County, along the Yellowhead Highway (highway 16), Edson rapidly grew in size and significance as the railway was built through this area towards the west coast. The town name also honours an early vice president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Edson J. Chamberlain. Its major economic activity centres around resources, such as coal, natural gas, lumber and building products. Scenery surrounding the town is dominated by coniferous forests which benefit from the higher than average rainfall. An abundance of fishing lakes and rivers also benefits. These lakes, for the most part, have naturally renewed stocks, sometimes supplemented by hatchery-bred trout.