St. Albert in Alberta, Canda, is in the northwest region of the country and the second largest town in Alberta. It is a beautiful and historic place to visit and make some wonderful memories. There is a lively art scene and one of the largest outdoor farmers’ markets in Canada that brings in 15,000 visitors every Saturday in the summer.
The beautiful outdoors that surround the city may want to make you start looking for St. Albert Homes for Sale but it is the historical destinations that really make the Candian city special.
1. Father Lacombe Chapel
This is Alberta’s oldest standing log building having been built in 1861 by none other than Father Albert Lacombe. Lacombe and Bishop Grandin are buried in a crypt on the site along with handcrafted angels and mission bells made in France in the late 1800s. You can take a tour through the chapel and the Mission Hill site to learn about Lacombe and how his actions such as his negotiating the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway through Blackfoot territory helped Canada grow and prosper.
2. Little White School
You and your family can experience what it was like to go to school in the 1950s in St. Albert at the Little White School, a two-room schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is a rare example of how schools were built before World War II and the influx of students in Alberta. It is a treasured landmark because of its prominent hillside location and architecture. It is also valued for its association with Roman Catholic public education in the area.
3. Grain Elevators Train Station
This is an open-air museum in St. Albert that features two historic grain elevators and a reconstructed railway station. The grain elevators were constructed in 1906 by Brackman-Ker Milling Company and a 1929 Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator and are both designated as Provincial Historic Resources. The railstatoin is a replica of the former 1909 St. Albert Candaian Northern Railway station.
These are just some fun historical places to visit in St. Albert to add some learning to your visit. You can also engage in the city’s wildlife in the Capital Region’s Provincial Park, view and smell the roses in their largest public rose garden and as mentioned above, shop the largest Outdoor Farmers’ Market in Western Canada.
The farmers’ market features live music, food trucks and over 250 vendors to get a feel for the local cuisine and arts. You can also make your way to the Botanic Park which is organized by “theme,” so you can wander through the sade, xeriscape, flowering trees, evergreens and cottage-style perennials. St. Albert has something for everyone and is a great place to visit with your family.