The Simple Glories of St. Albert
It’s not surprising that a town founded by a humble French priest is humble about its beauty and importance. It’s the kind of place where you visit the farmers’ markets in the morning and hike all afternoon. It’s the home of the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Festival, the Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo, and the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival. Aside from lovely chapels and historic sites related to the town’s frocked founder, the land’s Algonquian roots are a very big part of its modern culture. As a testimony to that fact, many of the street signs in town feature text in French, English, and Cree. This superbly serene city is a great holiday destination in any language.
Like the rest of Alberta, St. Albert experiences cold winters and warm summers. When glistening blankets of fresh, frosty snow embrace the landscape, it’s easy to mistake a photo of the city for a pastel painting done by one of its many artistic inhabitants. It’s quite usual to experience temperatures well below freezing. Summer brings with it many hours of daily sunshine and average temperatures near 21 degrees Celsius. Spring and fall offer a variety of warm days and cool evenings. The way the local weather seems to accentuate the landscape often causes guests at St. Albert hotels to feel inspired to pick up a paintbrush.
Awesome St. Albert Activities
If you love quirky attractions, the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park is not to be missed. View historic elevators and exquisite reconstructions. The St. Albert Train Station and Visitor Centre features a replica of the city’s train station as it would have appeared around the year 1920. The Little White School House on Madonna Drive is worth a stop. Founders' Walk is a landscaped trail featuring tidbits of the city’s heritage. Do take a little time to tour the Father Lacombe Chapel. Finally, the Musée Héritage Museum offers extraordinary exhibits detailing local Aboriginal history. Don’t start marking your map for these attractions until you take a moment to plan your stay at one of the lovely hotels in St. Albert, Alberta.
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