St. Albert celebrates a rich history that dates back almost 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, 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 Metis. 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.

In 1900, St. Albert was incorporated as a village followed by town status in 1904. St. Albert officially became a city in 1977.
Today, St. Albert is a bustling city with more than 57,000 residents. With more than 34 kilometres of trails, 1,100 acres of greenspace, the Arden Theatre, the visual arts studios, the Musee Heritage Museum and numerous special events – it’s easy to see why St. Albert is renowned for its rich heritage, artistic community and natural environment.

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