It was another happy Canada Day at the Heritage Sites in St. Albert this year! Despite torrential rains for much of the day, and some site closures in other parts of the city, many people were out and about, looking for ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Carrying umbrellas, and clad in raincoats and rubber boots, these hardy souls wouldn’t permit the rain to dampen their spirits! After all, complaining about the weather is one of our national pastimes here in Canada!
Over 220 people visited the Little White School on July 1st, 2019 and inside the school, the chalkboards were decorated with lots of posters, explaining the history behind some of Canada’s most beloved symbols, including the maple leaf, the Crown, the Union Jack, and the beaver. Visitors made maple leaf crowns and beaver hats and enjoyed icing, and then eating, some delicious maple leaf-shaped cookies from Grandin Bakery.
At the Father Lacombe Chapel and the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, they also had hundreds of visitors! People were quite appreciative to find that there were large numbers of indoor activities and celebrations at all of our sites. Thank you to everyone that came out on such a cold, wet Canada Day!
The Father Lacombe Chapel hosted their annual Taste of the Past event on July 21 and 200 people dropped by for a visit and to sample from the menu while enjoying the great view from Mission Hill. This year the menu included tourtiere, spinach borscht, cookies, lemonade and home made ice cream. Tours of the Hill, a discussion about regional history in the chapel, activities for the kids and a break from the rain were the perfect “recipe” for a great day on Mission Hill!
In partnership with the St. Albert Public Library, the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, Father Lacombe Chapel and Musée Héritage Museum all welcomed participants in the week long Pete the Cat scavenger hunt. Always a great week to meet children and their parents and grandparents! Vino (museum), Ashley (library), Sharon (museum), Nick (art gallery) are pictured at the wrap up party with Pete the Cat.
Add Homemade Mondays at the Father Lacombe Chapel, Tuesdays Together at the museum, Wednesday Game Days at the Little White School and Craft Thursdays at the grain elevators. Oh, and we squeezed wedding ceremonies in between rain and thunderstorms! The clouds made for great photos during a very busy July!
In August craft days continue Mondays – Thursdays at the museum and heritage sites.
The Looking Back Again Exhibition continues at the Musée Héritage Museum.
Walking tours take place Aug 7 (Mission Hill), Aug 15 (Downtown), Aug 22 (Riverside).
And, don’t forget the Food truck event happens August 30, 2019 at the grain elevator park from 4pm – 8pm.
Go to museeheritage.ca or call 780 459-1528 for more information!