City of Camrose
A Vibrant and Sophisticated City with Small Town Friendliness
Visitor Information CentreBill Fowler Visitor Information Centre, 5402 - 48 Avenue 780-672-4217. Open year round.
The City of Camrose, with a population of over 18,000, is just a one hour drive east of Edmonton. Once you get here, you will experience a city that is vibrant and alive with all of the amenities of a big city without the hustle and bustle.
Stop in for a visit at the Bill Fowler Visitor Information Centre, and check out the 27 foot long hand-built replica of a Viking longship. The carved brick wall on the outside west entrance depicts images from nature around Mirror Lake.
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTSGet acquainted with our past - twenty educational and historic points of interest depicting the development stages of Camrose, are strategically placed along the three km walking paths surrounding the beautiful reflective Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake Park is also the starting point of 38 km of paved/shale walking trails that wind gracefully through the Stoney Creek Valley and the central part of the city, presenting outstanding natural settings for picnics with the family, cycling, or long walks with your best friend.
Mirror Lake Express Train Rides - This popular little train, 92 feet long and carrying 24 passengers, was beautifully crafted by a resident of Camrose. It is truly an amazing work of art! Plan to be in Camrose on a Tuesday or Thursday evening during the summer months, enjoy a delicious ice-cream, and take a leisurely train ride along the picturesque shores of Mirror Lake.
Camrose is home to two museums for you to enjoy during the summer months. The Camrose & District Centennial Museum is where community treasures and stories are aplenty within thirteen heritage and replica buildings. Visit the 1906 one room school where Miss Penny Nickel will test your penmanship. Blacksmiths are often at work during the summer months while historical characters wander the site.
The 1911 Canadian Northern Railway Depot and thirteen spectacular heritage gardens are home to dozens of events for the whole family. Many families originally arrived on the prairies by train. Now the Camrose Heritage Railway Station & Park offers intergenerational events all year long including a Victorian Luncheon & Garden Tour, story-telling and a Tribute to Prairie Women. Children can play to their heart's content in the Secret Garden. History and artifact lovers will be entertained for hours on their own or with a personal interpreter. After the tour, relax in the tea room and browse the gift shop.
There’s plenty of music happening around Camrose. Augustana Campus (University of Alberta) holds regular student and faculty music concerts - vocal, choral and instrumental - as well as dramatic productions throughout the year. Camrose Resort Casino, The Bailey Theatre, and Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts are other venues that provide regular musical entertainment.
There are numerous major events taking place throughout the year in Camrose which can be found in the Go East of Edmonton Website Events listing. The city hosts numerous events year-round including, the premier outdoor music festival Big Valley Jamboree! Whether you're a true-blue country music fan or just enjoy getting out for some great fun, this is an event you won't want to miss. Tourism Camrose and Camrose County have partnered together to bring you the popular event – Prairie Fun Days. Book your ticket to ride the coach bus or go on a self-guided driving tour, and you will experience exceptional entertainment, exquisite food and drink, rare behind-the-scene tours of modern farms and historical buildings in picturesque Camrose County!
OUTDOORSGolf the beautiful Camrose Golf Course. The tree-lined fairways situated along the banks of Stoney Creek provide a variety of challenges for the seasoned golfer while still remaining suitable for beginners. Check out the terrific Stay and Play Package deal on www.tourismcamrose.com
Rudy Swanson Recreation Park is home to several outdoor facilities including the Kin Park Ball Diamonds, soccer pitches, tennis courts, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, shale walking trails, the water spray park and a skateboard park. This area contains a state-of-the-arts sports complex with two regulation-size ice surfaces, and connects to a 9 lane curling rink, a third arena and the aquatic centre. The Field House sports an indoor three-lane rubberized track for fitness enthusiasts.
EAT SHOP STAYDowntown Camrose is truly a premier shopping district with a vast assortment of boutique style shops. The beautifully landscaped mainstreet is lined with trees, ornate flowers and benches – setting the stage for a great day of shopping or spending quality time with family or friends.
One Tooth Activewear, named after an ancient tribe, offers high quality yoga, active and lounge wear for both men and women. The Twig Boutique is a prime example where you can find unique women's clothing and accessories. For pants with personality, casual combinations, denim for all occasions, Bellissima is the place to shop. Did you know? Bellissima is a Canadian family run business that has grown from one store with 4 staff members to 23 stores across Canada employing more than 150 people. To complete your new wardrobe, find your footwear at Sole City Shoes. Known for having the latest trends, and well trained staff providing one on one excellent service, for over 45 years!
Wisemen's Way is a Christian bookstore with an impressive array of gifts, cards, books, music, movies and more. Find some great treasures at Take a Second Look on 46 St. while on the Go East Antique Tour. Just a short 10 minute drive northeast of Camrose, this hidden gem, Buckskins Emporium carries a vast array of unique merchandise – it’s definitely worth the drive to this country store.
Don’t leave for home without a stop at The Lefse House. Delight yourself in unique Scandinavian baked goods. Need a moment to relax? Sacred Arts is the place to be! There you will find a community hub with an art gallery, a café, and a yoga studio.
If you're looking for fresh local produce, there's numerous farmers' markets in and around Camrose. The Downtown Market and Rose City Market at the Duggan Mall are both on Thursdays. The Camrose Saturday Farmers’ Market also at the Duggan Mall goes from 9 am to 1 pm. Plus there's another Farmers' Market nearby at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park on Fridays. (See Markets & More).
Camrose is proud to be the home of the Back 40 Distillery - featuring gluten free hand-built spirits. The ol’ Apple Betty is a must to try!
For those looking to night over or extend their stay, enjoy a room at the Canalta Hotel or Ramada at the west end of the city with Mr. Mike's restaurant within walking distance. For those who are camping, stay a day, or stay awhile with your big rig at the Camrose Exhibition Trail RV Park – a full service campground with modern facilities.
Name: Tourism Camrose
Office Address: 5402 48A Ave, Camrose, Alberta
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