1.Discover Ellis Bird Farm – a conservation site and farm
403.885.4477Visit Ellis Bird Farm's Website
Stroll the trails, enjoy the beautiful gardens, see the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest boxes, take a tour out to our bluebird trail, visit the Visitor Centre and linger in the Tea House. Come out for special events including the Bluebird Festival July 1st. Price: free, donations welcome. Open: All Summer: Tue- Sun 11am – 5pm; Holiday Mondays 11am- 5pm Location: Head 8km East of Lacombe on Hwy 12; turn right (south) on Prentiss Road for another 8km.
2. Explore our Historic Downtown
403.755.6935Visit the Walking Tour Website
Visit 5 different museums in Lacombe, Alix, Mirror and Bentley. In Lacombe, Guided Walking Tours depart Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 2pm from Flatiron Museum, see heritage trades at The Michener House Museum (both open 9-5 daily in summer) and The Blacksmith Shop (open Saturdays 10am -4pm July & Aug, 5020 – 49th St) will be hosting live demos. The Wagon Wheel Museum in Alix is open 10-5 Tue-Sat in May- Sep. The Bentley Museum is open 9-5 Wed-Sun in summer. The Mirror Museum is open Tue-Sat 10am to 5:30pm and Sun 1-4pm in summer. Admission to the Museums is Free, Donations Welcome! Souvenirs and gifts can be found at the Museums as well as local boutiques such as Queen Bea Clothing, Vintagebelle’s, and Oh My Garden. Enjoy homemade treats at Morrison House Café (open Tue-Sat 11am – 3:30pm). Stop by Cilantro & Chive to enjoy some delicious homemade food (open Mon-Wed 11am-9pm Thurs – Sat 11am-11pm).
3. Try Local Fresh Food
Try some local fresh foods – Bison, lamb, and fresh farm products can be purchased at Brown Eggs and Lamb located on Woody Nook Road just south of Hwy 12. Our weekly Farmers’ Markets take place: Wednesdays 3-7pm in Alix (Alix Agricultural Grounds), Fridays 9am – 1pm in Lacombe (Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex), and Saturdays 1:30-4pm in Bentley (Bentley Curling Rink). Discover the nursery at Wolf’s Botanicals (located on Prentiss Road just east of Lacombe). Or try some of the fresh local foods at Cilantro and Chive: Monday- Wednesday 11am- 9pm, Thursday- Saturday 11am- 11pm (5021- 50 Street) and the Morrison House Café Tuesday-Saturday 11am- 3:30pm (5331- 51 Avenue). And try some local beer at the Blindman Brewery, Taphouse hours Tuesday & Wednesday 2-8pm, Thursday 2-9, Friday 2-10pm, Friday 2-10pm and Saturday 12-10pm (Bay F- 3413- 53 Avenue). You can as purchase their beer at Hwy 12 Liquor, L.A. Liquor, Chateau wines and many of the local restaurants in Lacombe.
4. Build a Sand Castle at the Beach
Spend the day on a sandy beach at Gull Lake – located between Lacombe and Bentley. Aspen Beach Provincial Park has a beautiful beach and Day Use Area with a concession, boat launch, change rooms, cooking shelters, and fire pits. Their beautiful boardwalk is a great place to escape and see some local wildlife. Has the beach gotten crowded? Check out other public beaches located around the lake such as Parkland Beach and Wilson’s Beach. Price: Free Location: Head west from Lacombe on AB-12 for 14.3km. Follow the signs for Aspen Beach.
5. Hike or Bike Natural or Paved Trails
Enjoy the paved trails from Bentley to Gull Lake or Lacombe to Blackfalds, start at the Federal Research Station in Lacombe and end at the new Abbey Centre in Blackfalds! J.J. Collett Natural Area is a great place for a nature hike. Located off Hwy 2A at Twp Rd 420, follow signs through Morningside. Once on RR 261 turn right onto Twp Rd 414. More trails can be found in Eckville and Alix – see p.39 of the visitor guide for more information.
6. Kraay Family Farm – Lacombe Corn Maze
403.302.1709Visit Kraay Family Farm's Website
It’s fun to get lost when you’re at the Farm and Corn Maze! Lots of activities for all ages! Prices: 2 & under: Free Kids and Kids at Heart $12.50, Season passes $30.00, Group rate disc available. Open: Starting End of July; Monday- Saturday visit Website for hours. Location: East on highway 12; turn right onto Range Road 27-3 for about (1/2 mile).
7. Splash Around- Spray Parks and Pools
The Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex has both a Spray Park (Free admission) and Indoor Swimming Facility that includes a 25m six lane pool, a leisure pool, and large hot tub in a bright inviting atmosphere (Admission: Ages 3-5 $1.25, 6-17 $4, 18-64 $5.25, Senior $4.75, Family $13 phone: (403) 782-1250). The Abbey Centre in Blackfalds has an outdoor Aquatic Centre with Jr. Olympic size pool, waterslides, splash park and a 40-person hot tub (Admission: Ages 3-12 $4.50, 13-17 $6, 18-64 $8.50, Senior $6.50, Family $19.50. Phone: 403.885.4039). The Tayles Water Spray Park in Blackfalds has a playground and picnic area (Free Admission). The Eckville Spray Park (4920 – 52 Avenue) is open Spring 2015 thru the Summer. Phone: 403.746.21714
8.Map a Course- Golf Courses, Mini Golf and Driving Ranges
Summerland Leisure Park
403.748.4855Visit Summerland's Website
Prices $7.25-$8.25 Our 18 hole Mini Golf is a fun challenge for young and old and Driving Range a great place to practice your swing! Location: Hwy 12, 12km East of Hwy 2, Gull Lake area. Golf courses abound in this area and serious golfers will want to research all the great courses, but here are some convenient local choices:
Gull Lake Golf Course
403.843.3322Visit Gull Lake Golf's Website
Prices: $17-33 Location: #2 Sunnyside Drive right off Highway 771 between Westlake Road and Parkland Beach Road.
Lacombe Golf and Country Club
403.782.1200Visit Lacombe Golf's Website
Prices: $25-$60 Location: East on Highway 12; on the north side of the Highway as you enter Lacombe
Nursery Golf and Country Club
403.782.5400Visit The Nursery's Website
Prices: $27-$50 Location: Follow the signs at Exit 431 to township road 41-2, go 6km to RR27-0 turn left, 2km to entrance
9. Moonwalkers- Alberta’s Largest Indoor Play Centre
403.747.2221Visit Moonwalker's Website
Perfect for those rainy days when the kids just want to play. Make a day of it by visiting the charming village of Alix. Open: Sun. – Thur.: 10am-6pm, Fri.-Sat.: 11am-7pm Price:Children age 1- $5, ages 2 and up: $12, Adults 18 and over: Free! Location: Moonwalkers is located at 5008 50th Ave, Alix 30 minutes East of Lacombe.
10. Music in the Park
Join us this summer at the Lacombe Community Market and Music in the Park. Every Wednesday from 4:30-8:30 (music program runs from 6:30-8:00pm) starting June 1 through August 31. Free Admission. Location: Lest We Forget Park, Lacombe Memorial Centre 5214 50 Ave, Lacombe.
*Prices, dates and times are subject to change without notice