Walking Tours in St. Albert

The Bells

An interpreter led walk through St. Albert on a warm summer evening is the perfect way to discover the community, get some exercise and meet new people.  This past Thursday (August 11, 2011) our interpreter, Roy Toomey, led a group of 23 on a walk-ing tour of Mission Hill.  A great group of people and perfect summer weather made the evening a big success!        
 Interest in the history of St. Albert has been is growing and this season we are seeing a lot of new visitors, partly because it is the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the St. Albert Mission.  

Father Lacombe Statue
On this particular evening we did not have time to go into downtown St. Albert, but the group visited the historical sites atop Mission Hill which include the Father Lacombe Chapel and Statue; the church bells of St. Albert (named Vitaline, Caroline, and Alexandrine); the crypt behind the Catholic Church where Fathers Lacombe and Leduc are buried on either side of the Blessed Bishop Grandin; the grotto, dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes; and finally the St. Albert Roman Catholic Cemetery, in which many important historical figures are buried. 
Tour participants, most of whom were local residents who had never been to the site, really enjoyed themselves.  Several people commented saying that they enjoyed the tour information and stories as well as the peaceful setting on Mission Hill (except for the mosquitos).  We hope our next tour will see another great turn out!  Come and join us, we look forward to showing you around!
Upcoming walking tour dates and times:
Saturday August 20, 2011 at 3pm – meet at the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert      

Thursday August 25, 2011 at 7:30pm – meet at the Father Lacombe Chapel on Mission Hill
A view of St. Albert from Mission Hill