Our History

Founded in 1861

St. Albert celebrates a rich history that dates back over 150 years and has often been called Alberta's Finest City. Founded in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe, St. Albert is the oldest, non-fortified community in Alberta and was the largest agricultural settlement west of Winnipeg.

Father Lacombe

Father Lacombe, one of the earliest missionaries in the west, proclaimed Mission Hill home to the St. Albert mission settlement. He built a log chapel for ministering to the Cree and Métis. Father Lacombe Chapel, the oldest building in Alberta, is now a Provincial Heritage Site and has been restored to its original appearance. It is located on the north hill of the river and is open to tours from June to September.

St. Albert was incorporated as a village in 1899 followed by town status in 1904. St. Albert officially became a city in 1977.

Today, St. Albert is a bustling city with over 66,082 residents. With more than 85 kilometres of trails, 1,100 acres of green space, the Arden Theatre, the visual arts studios, the Musée Héritage Museum and numerous special events - it's easy to see why St. Albert is renowned for its rich heritage, artistic community, and natural environment.

Learn more about the city's history

Black Robe's Vision: A History of St. Albert & District

St. Albert on Wikipedia

Top Photo: Jeff Wallace

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Last edited: January 22, 2020