Canada is a magical place with friendly folk and beautiful nature all round. St. Albert is one of the places that is gaining popularity with people looking for a change of scene. Here is a guest post by frequent traveler Hector about the best thing to do in St. Albert, Canada.
What are some things to do in St. Albert?
The latest federal census found that the city has been experiencing steady growth, with nearly a seven percent increase in its population over a five year period from 2011 through 2016. Thinking about checking out the St. Albert real estate to make a move? Many people are doing it too.
That news is not too surprising considering that St. Albert has been ranked as one of Canada’s best places to live for multiple reasons, including offering a wide range of things to do, including these.
1. Walk the Red Willow Trail System
When you want to get out and stretch your legs with a sightseeing stroll, hit the Red Willow Trail system which includes 53 miles of trails, with over 20 miles of paved path. The route travels through the city’s major parks, including Red Willow Park, Lacombe Lake Park, Lions Park, and St. Albert Place Promenade as well as some picturesque river valleys.
2. Visit the Farmers’ Market
On Saturdays from mid-June through mid-October, visit the St. Albert Farmers’ Market in the heart of downtown. It is one of Canada’s largest with over 250 vendors that sell everything from high-quality market goods to fresh produce. It is the perfect place to pick up items for a picnic, and you can enjoy the live music and offerings at the multiple food trucks too.
3. Picnic at the St. Albert Botanic Park
If you’ve picked up food at the farmers’ market for a picnic, the 5-acre botanic park is the ideal place to enjoy it. It is organized by theme, offering a scenic walk through flowering trees, evergreens, cottage-style perennials, and all sorts of colorful flowers like roses, dahlias, and lilies.
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4. Delve Into St. Albert’s History at the Grain Elevator Park
Grain elevators are becoming a thing of the past, but the ones in St.Albert were restored, allowing the public to enjoy this icon of the city’s history representing the way of life here in days gone by. Guided tours of the 1906 and 1929 grain elevators are available, and there is also an amazing 1920s replica train station.
5. Explore the Musee Heritage Museum
Learn more about St. Albert’s history through the exhibits at the Musee Heritage Museum. It is home to the St. Albert History Gallery which focuses on everything from the earliest people in the area to modern-day events. It also showcases changing exhibitions like “Keeping the Peace” which covers centuries of history of law enforcement in this region from First Nations and Metis to modern civic and national law enforcement.
6. Attend a Festival
You might want to plan your visit around a festival. The city hosts a number of them throughout the year like the three-day Blueberry Bluegrass Festival held in Heritage Park. It features music, country dances, wagon rides, a petting zoo, pie-making contests, outdoor films, food trucks and more.
Families will also enjoy the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, the largest of its kind in North America. It features live music, dance, puppetry, jugglers, aerialist, storytellers, and more. There’s even a festival within a festival just for toddlers.
Have a great time exploring St. Albert!