It's Time to Getaway!
Visitor Information Centres:
- Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce 100 Ordze Ave (Off Wye Road). Open weekdays, year-round 780-464-0801
- Road King Travel Centre, 26 Strathmoor Drive (off Hwy 16). Open year-round, 24 hrs.
Description:Set in the centre of Alberta's energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is comprised of the bustling urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of parkland, farms, peaceful acreages, and smaller hamlets.
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS Sherwood Park's Heritage Mile is a street that has heritage buildings dating back to a time before Sherwood Park even existed. Walk, bicycle, jog or drive “the mile” and see the historical 1920 Smeltzer House Centre for the Arts and Culture, Monument Park, Smyth Farm, and more. You can tour the Heritage Mile from the Broadmoor Boulevard traffic circle to Main Boulevard in Sherwood Park.
The Strathcona County Museum & Archives in Sherwood Park showcases rotating exhibits that portray Strathcona County's natural and human history. Explore special exhibits, old RCMP jail cells and the First Nations display.
Visit Centre in the Park where the Community Centre is a year-round hub for events, cultural and learning activities. It includes the library, the art gallery @501, indoor event spaces and outdoor plazas. It is located on Festival Lane near County Hall, just off Sherwood Drive.
Nearby Festival Place – a vibrant multi-use centre for the arts – hosts over 100 professional performances and summer’s Qualico Patio Series each year.
Millennium Place is a multi-purpose recreation facility located off Broadmoor Boulevard and offers activities for people of all ages. Take in the annual Great Canadian Trade Fair here on April 13-15.
In July, start with the festivities of Sherwood Park's Canada Day Festival and Parade. Take in Savour Strathcona County on July 8 – the annual event is a celebration of gourmet cuisine, art and culture. The event features Strathcona County independent restaurants and food trucks who are encouraged to use local ingredients. Meet local artists/artisans who will have their creations on display and for sale. Enjoy entertainment and activities throughout the evening.
In Sherwood Park, visit the beautifully landscaped, 27 acre Broadmoor Lake Park with summer and winter recreational activities. Just next door is the stunning Broadmoor Public Golf Course.
EAT SHOP STAY Check out the many new shopping and dining outlets all over Sherwood Park. It boasts 10 major shopping plazas located along Broadmoor Blvd., Highway 16 (Emerald Hills), Baseline Road, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road. A few local favourites include Confetti Sweets, specializing in freshly baked cookies; it's a great place to treat yourself. Be sure to visit one of the fabulous farmers markets in and around Sherwood Park. Wednesdays year-round you can take in the Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market in the parking lot of Festival Place in the summer, and inside the Community Centre for the winter. Visit Strathcona County’s only Alberta cottage winery – Barr Estate Winery – where you can purchase high-quality fruit wine and see how it's made during a tour of the winery. With over 10 top brands of hotels, Sherwood Park is the place to stay when travelling the area. Combine shopping, entertainment and a stay at The Park Centre Hotel, a boutique 38-room hotel with walking access to Festival Place and the Sherwood Park Mall. Enjoy the Namaste Wellness and Day Spa, grab a fresh choice at the Glow Juicery and Café, or enjoy fine dining at the Sawmill Prime Rib and Steak House – all located at The Park Centre Hotel.
Rural Strathcona County
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS There are eight rural Hamlets throughout Strathcona County including: Antler Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg, Collingwood Cove, Ardrossan, Half Moon Lake, North Cooking Lake, and South Cooking Lake. You're never too far away from urban amenities, while feeling at home amidst the beautiful parkland, lakes and wilderness throughout the county.
A great event for the whole family to attend is Ardrossan's Old Fashioned Picnic & Parade on June 16. Stop at South Cooking Lake for Trail Days on August 18, and Christmas in the Country markets and family activities on December 1 across the southern part of Strathcona County.
Bremner House, a designated historic resource that's over 100 years old, is located north of Highway 16 on RR 225. It is the site of the annual Strathcona Vintage Tractor Pull on August 25 & 26 with over 100 vintage tractors. The house is open to the public annually for this event, and during Christmas in the Heartland on November 24 & 25. Brookville Community Hall, located on Highway 16, is the site of many activities including pyrogy suppers, dinner and live performances, garage sales, and more.
OUTDOORS The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is a four-season outdoor adventure centre, located 16 km east of Sherwood Park and open daily year round. Go Tipi Camping at Elk Island Retreat, stay in an Otentik at Elk Island National Park, or enjoy RV and tent camping at lakeside campgrounds in the County. Swing your clubs at the six golf courses in the County.
The recently designated UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve includes a large portion of Strathcona County. Learn more about the Biosphere when you have a picnic or take a hike on the new Beaver Hills Biodiversity Interpretive Trail.
Take your pick of major outdoor attractions: Elk Island National Park, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, or Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Recreation Area with over 170 km of summer and winter multi-use trails.
The central portion of Strathcona County includes the beauty, the wildlife, and the trails in the Sherwood Park Natural Area, off of Range Road 231. Located at the southeast corner of the County is the Ministik Bird Sanctuary which protects many threatened species birds and wildlife. The Bird Sanctuary is also a destination for snowmobilers where the Tri-County snowmobile club grooms and maintains over 50 km of trails.
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS The small hamlet of Josephburg, located north of Highway 16 on Highway 830, is a friendly agricultural community near Alberta's Industrial Heartland, offering many community events hosted throughout the year by the Josephburg Agricultural Society (JAS). JAS produces the County's largest livestock event, the Country Classic, with Horse and Beef shows that see more than 100 youths and their families attend from all over western Canada to learn and compete.
JAS also hosts a popular dinner concert series called Josephburg Presents. Recording artists and performers grace the stage of the Moyer Recreation Centre over the winter months to sell-out crowds, who enjoy a dinner along with the show.
Christmas in the Heartland is the community's welcome to winter, taking place on the last Saturday and Sunday of November. With eight unique venues steeped in tradition, this driving tour celebrates the holidays with festival markets with artisans and crafters, sleigh rides, entertainment, ice carvings, nativity displays and more family activities at community halls and churches in north Strathcona County.
Visit strathcona.ca/youcanvisit for all the details for your next visit.
Name: Strathcona County
Office Address: 2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Par, Alberta
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