About St. Albert’s Historic Downtown

St. Albert’s historic downtown is the very heart of our community. It is the place where much of our community building takes place, where our community spirit comes alive and where our community gathers to celebrate our many special events. Our downtown is nestled along the beautiful Sturgeon River and is the centre of our Red Willow Trail System, which connects every neighbourhood in our city. The heart of any community is its people, and the people of St. Albert most often gather in the heart of our city – our historic downtown.

What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it? :

  • Site for popular festivals including: Canada Day, the International Children’s Festival of the Arts, New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Rock ‘n August
  • Hosts western Canada’s largest outdoor Farmers’ Market every Saturday from June to October, which transforms downtown into a unique outdoor social and shopping extravaganza where buskers and musicians create a carnival atmosphere
  • Visitors can also enjoy an extensive collection of public art, which is on display at various locations downtown
  • It is the location of our cenotaph and our annual Remembrance Day ceremony
  • It is where you will find many popular destinations, including Millennium Park, Lions Park, Red Willow Park, MacMillan Park, the Curling Club, Community Hall, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Albert Business Centre, the Art Gallery, the Visual Arts Studio Association and the newly renovated Red Willow Place, which provides programming for the community’s seniors
  • It is also the site of our future Healing Garden, which is being developed to support the healing and reconciliation process for residential school survivors and to honour the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • It is also home to one of our city’s most iconic buildings, St. Albert Place. Designed by famous architect Douglas Cardinal
  • Linking the various parts of our downtown together is our new roundabout and St. Anne Promenade. This new pedestrian and vehicular route makes our parks, facilities and festivals much more connected, accessible and inviting

Events and Festivals:

  • Rogers Hometown Hockey: March 5-6
  • Rainmaker Rodeo Parade: May 28
  • The International Children’s Festival of the Arts: May 31 – June 4, 2016
  • Western Canada’s largest outdoor Farmers’ Market: every Saturday from June to October
  • Art walk: first Thursday of every month from June to September
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2016
  • Rock ‘n August: August 2-6, 2016
  • Remembrance Day ceremony: November 11, 2016
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks: December 31, 2016

Historic or Heritage Features:

  • Extensive collection of public art
  • The start of our Founders’ walk, which charts the origins and development of our city
  • Community Recognition Garden
  • The site of our future Healing Garden
  • The Art Gallery
  • Albert Place, designed by famous architect Douglas Cardinal
  • The Musée Heritage Museum

Development:

  • Linking the various parts of our downtown together is our new roundabout and St. Anne Promenade. This new pedestrian and vehicular route makes our parks, facilities (such as the newly renovated Red Willow Place, which provides programming for the community’s seniors) and festivals much more connected, accessible and inviting
  • This project included a great deal of landscaping, which is true of much of our downtown

Demographics:

  • Downtown St. Albert offers activities and facilities for residents and visitors of all ages