A Perfect Weekend: 9 Things To Do In St. Albert, Canada

Things to do in St. Albert Canada
Kavita
Kavita
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Located in the northwest region of Alberta and the second-largest town in Alberta, St. Albert is a wonderful place to plan a visit, and a definite detour you should make if you’re in the Edmonton area. Although it has a lively arts scene, it’s also home to one of the largest outdoor farmers’ markets in Canada - which is actually the largest in Western Canada - bringing in up to 15,000 visitors every Saturday in the summer. St. Albert is also a great place to get in touch with the outdoors. So, jump in your car or on a train and head on over to St. Albert - it’s waiting for you!

1. Follow the Red Willow Trail System

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Start your day off with an endorphin-boosting run or leisurely sightseeing stroll at the Red Willow Trail System. You definitely won’t get bored and will have plenty to see. Parts of the trail run through the city’s majors parks including the Red Willow Park, Lacombe Lake Park, and St. Alberts Place Promenade. It also runs through some beautiful river valleys, so be sure to take in the views no matter the pace you’re going at and follow the red trail road.**

**The trail isn’t actually red.

Red Willow Trail System

Website: Red Willow Trail System

2. Enjoy the Farmer's Market

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Now it’s time to head on over to the St. Albert’s Farmers’ Market - and this is a stop you do not want to miss. This farmers’ market is one of the largest in Canada, and has over 15,000 people visit it every Saturday. There are more than 250 vendors selling a variety of things from the freshest produce to top quality market goods. In addition, each Market Day features live music and plenty of food trucks making it so much more than just a farmers’ market. So definitely stop by, peruse the stalls, and enjoy the music while eating a local food truck favorite. The market is open every Saturday from June 10th to October 7th from 10 am - 3 pm and is set up in the heart of downtown St. Albert.

Farmer's Market

Address: 71 St. Albert Trail St. Albert, AB T8N 6L5

Website: Farmer’s Market

3. Picnic at the Botanic Park

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After you grab some food from the Farmers’ Market, you should start making your way to the Botanic Park. The Botanic Park is organized by “theme”. As you make your way through the park you’ll find yourself wandering through the shade, xeriscape, flowering trees, evergreens, and cottage-style perennials. Each of these themed gardens provide the perfect back drop for gorgeous displays of flowers including roses, Asiatic lilies, dahlias, vegetables, and more! If you grab some extra food from the Farmers’ Market you can have an Insta-worthy picnic too!

Botanic Park

Address: 265 Sturgeon Road St. Albert, Alberta

Website: Botanic Park

4. Shop around at The Enjoy Centre

Enjoy-Centre
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Finally, you can end your day at The Enjoy Centre. The Enjoy Centre is a mall, greenhouse, spa, and dining place all in one. If you’re tired from walking around all day then you can take a break and relax at the Wellness Within Health Spa and get a massage or take a steam in the sauna. Once you’re feeling refreshed make your way to the greenhouse where you can see (and buy) wonderful flower displays and bouquets.

You can also learn about the art and science of growing flowers so you can better keep yours alive at home. And, to end your St. Albert’s excursion you should grab dinner at the Glasshouse Bistro & Cafe for a dining experience you’re sure to remember. The food is always fresh and the service impeccable - it’s like they anticipate your needs before you even know you have them.

The Enjoy Centre

Address: 101 Riel Drive St. Albert, Alberta, Canada T8N 3X4

Website: The Enjoy Centre

5. Explore the Grain Elevator Park

St. Albert Grain Elevator
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New day new adventure! The next stop on this lovely journey through St. Albert brings you to the Grain Elevator Park. Since grain elevators around the country have been disappearing because of old age, the grain elevators in St. Albert have been restored and made young again so the public can enjoy them for the indefinite future. The grain elevators are an icon of St. Albert history, as it represents a way of life for the citizens of St. Albert in the good old days. Visitors can take a guided tour of the two grain elevators - the 1906 Brackman Ker Elevator and the 1929 Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator. You can also round out your visit with a stop at the 1920s replica Train Station. So enjoy your taste of St. Albert history and culture!

Grain Elevator Park

Address: 4 Meadowview Drive St. Albert, AB

Website: Grain Elevator Park

6. Musee Heritage Museum

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Continuing your historic immersion in St. Albert, the Musee Heritage Museum is your next stop. Through a variety of exhibits and programs, you can walk yourself through the history of St. Albert. Additionally, with the addition of programs like the “Take Your Best Shot: Youth Photo Exhibition” the museum is connecting with younger generations to bring in some new perspectives of Canada for all visitors. Other popular exhibits include the History Gallery and The Michel Band.

Musee Heritage Museum

Address: St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z9

Website: Musee Heritage Museum

7. Centennial Province Park

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After exploring the history of St. Albert, make your way outdoors to the Centennial Province Park. One of the main features of the park is the Big Lake. The park also has a lively and diverse bird population including waterfowl and shorebirds. So be sure to take a walk on the boardwalk and enjoy the serenity of nature.

Centennial Province Park

Address: Sturgeon County, AB, Canada

Website: Centennial Province Park

8. Arden Theater

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Round out your St. Albert excursion with a visit to the Arden Theater. The theater brings in over 50,000 patrons and hosts over 150 events each year. The Arden offers a variety of programs ranging in musical performance, plays, dance events, and more - and is attractive to visitors of all ages. Want to see what event they’re hosting while you’re in town? Check out their calendar here

Arden Theater

Address: The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3Z9

Website: Arden Theater

9. Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

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The Blueberry Bluegrass Festival is an annual three-day festival that takes place in Heritage Park. Each day features a variety of events for guests of all ages, including coloring contests for the little ones, pie making contests for all the bakers, and country dances every evening for the whole family! The festival also has plenty of musical features, wagon rides, a petting zoo, outdoor films, and even food trucks. This is just a taste of what the festival offers, so if you’re in the St. Albert area during the festival, it would be a loss not to go at least one night.

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

Address: Heritage Park, Stony Plain, Alberta T7Z 1X7, Canada

Website: Blueberry Bluegrass Festival

Exhausted yet?

Mural St Albert Alberta Canada
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Your day in St. Albert is packed with adventure and history and nature and food - so basically it’s the perfect day. If you happen to be in town during the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival or one of their others, you should definitely check it out because it’s sure to be a blast!

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Kavita is an avid traveler, enthusiastic foodie, and aspiring Instagrammer, whose life goal is to renew her passport because she’s maxed out her stamp pages. Kavita’s wanderlust started from a...Read more

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