"St. Albert is Alberta’s oldest non-fortified community with roots going back to 1861. At this time, Father Lacombe convinced Bishop Taché that a mission be established on the Sturgeon River to serve the Aboriginals and the Metis of the district. The first building to be erected was a modest log chapel. Two years later, St. Albert became the site of the settlement’s first school with three Grey Nuns as its teachers.
In 1864, the “Youville Asylum” was opened and served as both convent and school. The Asylum later functioned as an orphanage and as the first hospital in Central Alberta.
By 1870, St. Albert had become the largest settlement west of St. Boniface, Manitoba. It boasted a population of 1,000 including both Metis and white settlers. Between 1870 and 1900, the area surrounding St. Albert attracted an increasing number of settlers, primarily French- Canadians. As a result, the community prospered and in 1904 was officially incorporated as a town.
By mid-century, St. Albert had begun to lose much of its rural appearance. Perron Street was home to a butcher shop, restaurants, hardware and general stores. In 1977, St. Albert became Alberta’s eleventh city.
Fly to the Edmonton International Airport. From there you can either pay for a shuttle or taxi.
A cheaper alternative to getting into the City of Edmonton from the airport is by public transportation. There are four trips into the city between 4pm and 5:45pm. To get back to the airport on this bus you must catch it between 5:30 and 7:15am from Century Park LRT station. One way fare is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and youth. Contact ETS for current information.
St.Albert Public Transit (STAT) offers local routes within the neighbourhoods of St.Albert, as well as regular commutes into the city of Edmonton. To travel within St.Albert will cost you $2.75, while an adult fare into Edmonton will cost $5.50 ($4.50 for youth and seniors). Ticket packs and monthly passes are also available. The main bus hubs are Village Landing and St.Albert Centre.
In the evenings and on Sundays bus service is limited to the Dial-a-Bus. If you are going into Edmonton you must either catch the commuter bus from the bus hub (Village or St.Albert Centre) or call a dial-a-bus to pick you up at your nearest stop in order to connect with the commuter bus. Dial-a-Bus requires you to call about an hour before the departure of the commuter bus, so be sure to plan ahead since the commuter buses in the evenings only leave once an hour. If you are coming back into St.Albert from Edmonton in the evenings then, once your back at Village Station, you simply hop on to the Dial-a-Bus at and tell the driver where you need to go and they will take you as close as they can to your destination. Further information, including dial-a-bus numbers, can be found at ridestat.ca.
There are several options for taxi service within St.Albert and into Edmonton:
St.Albert Taxi (780-459-5050), Lime Taxi (780-418-1111), Blueflame Cabs (780-459-9393), Brinki's Airport Service (780-918-3798)
Note: It is sometimes difficult to find an Edmonton taxi to go into St.Albert on evenings and weekends, but if you ask enough drivers someone will usually do it for the right price.
St.Albert Place, 5 St.Anne Street. Located in downtown St.Albert along the Sturgeon River, St.Albert Place is the home of the St.Albert Public Library, Arden Theatre, Musee Heritage Museum, art studio, as well as serving as an office space for government work. The design of the building (by Douglas Cardinal) is hard to miss and is a visual icon of St.Albert.edit
Father Lacombe's Chapel, Mission Hill. Provincial Historic site built in 1861edit
Little White School House, ☎ 780-459-4404. 1950's School Houseedit
Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park (Big Lake Natural Area), Big Lake, . 1421-hectare park at Big Lake. More than 220 species of birds have been sighted within the park, as well as deer, moose, and coyotes. Platform overlooking Big Lake. Wetlands Boardwalk. Pedway planned for construction that will connect the park to The Enjoy Centre.edit
St.Albert Botanic Garden, 265 Sturgeon Road. 18 acres. Largest rose garden in Alberta.edit
A.C.T Celebration Garden, North side of River across from St.Albert Place. Flowers, benches and a fountain.edit
The Arden Theatre, 5 St.Anne Street. Located in St.Albert Place, many diverse musical performances for all ages can be watched on this stage as well as drama productions by local high schools. Tickets for shows can usually be bought at the Ticketmaster booth located in the theatre lobby.edit
Musee Heritage Museum, 5 St.Anne Street. Located in the St.Albert Place building, the Musee Heritage Museum offers an educational experience centred around the history of St.Albert.edit
St.Albert Farmer's Market, Summer: St.Anne and St.Thomas Street. Moves indoors in Winter. Saturday only. 10am-3pm. Largest outdoor market in Western Canada. Many local food and craft vendors, music and concession. edit
International Children's Festival, St.Albert Place, 5 St.Anne Street, . A popular summer festival for kids with many free activities, performances on an outdoor stage, as well as live productions in the Arden Theatre.Some activities are free, productions require ticket.. edit
Rainmaker Rodeo, Riel Drive., . Takes place in May.. Rainmaker Rodeo is a weekend event in May where you can watch rodeo events, attend evening concerts, and have fun at the midway. Family friendly activities available, as well as no-minors events. Rain or shine!Adults and Students: $10. Children: $5. Children 6 and under: free. edit
Rock'n August International Car Show, . August. edit
Downtown St.Albert, Perron Street. As well as hosting the Saturday Farmer's Market, downtown St.Albert also contains local clothing stores, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops. Visit Art Beat Gallery: great selection of fine artworks in a variety of media by top artists. Clothing: Meese. Art: Profiles Art Gallery.edit
St. Albert Centre, 375 St.Albert Road, . M-F: 10-9. Saturday: 9:30-5:30. Sunday: 12-5. Over 60 stores and services including The Bay, Zellers, Sport Chek, and Winners. A main bus station is located in the mall parking lot. Mostly brand names and chain stores. Local stores include: St.Albert Kitchen (Chinese fast food in the food court), St.Albert Shoe Re-Nu, St.Albert Health Foods, and St.Albert Dental Centre.edit
Grandin Mall, 22 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue. Although this mall is constantly in the planning stages of being torn down or completely re-vamped, it continues to house some quality local stores for the time being. "SHAVA Bookstore" offers a large collection of quality used books for incredibly cheap prices, all profits going to the local hospital. "Daisy Dollhouse" sells locally made wooden dollhouses. A popular hangout for seniors still exists here at the Bingo Hall, as well as a popular youth hangout at Grandin Theatres.edit
Hole's Greenhouses and Gardens, 101 Riel Drive. edit