Published on August 4, 2020
Nurture Your Wellbeing in St. Albert’s Outdoor Wonders
Hi there! My name’s Andrea and I’m a Marketing and Communications Coordinator with the City. I’ve had the joy of exploring the many breathtaking sights of St. Albert, and I’m excited to share with you some of the amazing places I’ve found. Being in nature is essential to my physical, spiritual and mental health, and nurturing my wellbeing has taken on a whole other meaning since the start of the pandemic.
I frequently seek out natural places that fill me with wonder, peace, tranquility and awe. You may be new to the city, a long-time resident or a frequent visitor, but I know you’ll enjoy at least one of the special spots below.
Just Look at That View!
These locations are an invitation to pause. They say, “stay awhile, take a breath, and rest your eyes on my beauty”!
Mission Park – Mission Ave. and Perron St.
This is my go-to for a steep running workout, which I always end with sitting on the inviting benches at the top. The views of the tree canopy and the sky from up here are amazing; it’s perfect for cloud watching!
Liberton Park – 19 Langholm Drive
Like Mission Park, sweeping views and cloud gazing are stunning here. Since it’s east facing, you can catch the sunrise over the city. I’m not a morning person, but I imagine it’s worth it!
Big Lake, Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park – 1 Ray Gibbon Drive
Big Lake’s reflective waters and unobstructed views seem to expand the sights here. This area always gives me a sense of spaciousness. Here is where you’ll find one of the best spots to view colourful summer sunsets.
Children’s Bridge - Red Willow Park
I’ve never walked over this iconic bridge without stopping! I always feel cheery after pausing here and watching all the activity on the Sturgeon River: duck families, fuzzy muskrats, feeding herons, bustling birds, and all the joyful kayakers. If you’ve never visited here during a sunset, it’s a must!
Red Willow Park Trail Viewpoint
This spot is a hidden delight! To get there, walk on the trail system along the Sturgeon River past the Red Willow Badminton Club and towards Canadian Tire. The trail will take a steep decline and before you go down, turn left off the trail where you’ll see a small wooden deck. From there, a small tree clearing will frame the lovely Sturgeon River viewpoint pictured.
I started discovering St. Albert ravines a couple years ago and was blown away by these hidden gems scattered throughout St. Albert neighbourhoods. As soon as you step into one, you feel transported into a magical woodland forest. Mature trees reach up into the sky and drape an embracing canopy over the trails. I always feel protected and secluded when I’m in one of these energizing spaces.
Access the trail on Sir Winston Churchill Ave. between Ridgewood Terrace and Brunswick Crescent Roads (A on the map below).
Erin Ridge Ravine
Access the trail on Erin Ridge Drive between Eastgate Way and Eastpark Drive and directly across from Ted Hole Park (B on the map below).
Forest Lawn Ravine
Access the trail just off Forest Drive and southwest of the Flint Crescent corner (C on the map below).
Access the trail on Oakmont Drive between Oakdale Place and Oakridge Drive South (D on the map below).
Rich in History
I’ve been along the Sturgeon River and up and down Mission Hill too many times to count! It wasn’t until I learned the history of these places that I fully understood their significance and had a better appreciation for those who helped shape the community into what it is today.
If you didn’t know, there’s a Founder’s walk that starts from the clock tower to the Healing Garden to Father Lacombe Chapel and along to Grain Elevator Park. You can visit in person or explore it virtually with the interactive story map.
An Art Culture Like No Other
Mixed within St. Albert’s natural beauty is a collection of public art pieces. From Butterfly Kaleidoscope, to The Gathering, Legacy of Love & Learning, and many others, these art pieces tell a story of people, places, or experiences and the legacy they leave behind.
This art is open for anyone to enjoy and you can even do so from the comfort of your home: view the Art in Public Place Tour.
I hope you enjoy exploring some of these special places in our community!
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Last edited: August 5, 2020