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EDSON &VISITOR AREA GUIDE

Visit the Heart of the Yellowhead

2019/20

Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Explore Edson! Enjoy our beautiful trail system, ride the new bike skills zone at Willmore Park, play on our 24-diamond ball park, spend some time in our great local businesses, or cool off at the Kinsmen Spray Park. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it right here. And don’t forget to stop at Edson’s Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre for some history and great travel tips!

www.edson.ca

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Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20


Discover Edson

The Heart of the Yellowhead

Edson is a thriving community in the heart of Yellowhead County that has much to offer residents and visitors alike. Located almost exactly between the world-class destinations of Jasper National Park and the City of Edmonton, Edson is a natural, (and welcome!) stopping point for travellers and a retail destination for many surrounding communities. The Town of Edson, with a population close to 9,000 is located in the McLeod River Valley, immediately east of the Canadian Rockies foothills at an elevation of 925 m (3035 ft) — near the center of Yellowhead County (population 10995). The landscape consists of primarily boreal forest with sand hills and muskeg (low-lying bog). Wildlife native to the area include bear, moose, deer, wolf, coyote, fox, rabbit and a wide variety of avian and aquatic life. Twinned Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway) runs through Edson and Yellowhead County from east to west. The highest point on the Yellowhead — Obed — is between Edson and Hinton and has an elevation of 1163.9 m (3818.88 ft). The historic Coal Branch can be reached from Edson via Highway 47 to the south. Highway 32 connects Edson and Whitecourt to the north.

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The next 52 pages will tell you almost everything you need to know about Edson and Yellowhead County, but you won’t really know this magnificent playground we call home until you experience it firsthand. We urge you to use this publication as a guide to discover the multitude of family-friendly events and facilities in the area. Inside, you will see photos of awe-inspiring Yellowhead County from the incredible vistas of the Cardinal Divide to the myriad of well-stocked lakes and well travelled trails. The Town of Edson has recreation and cultural opportunities galore! You can learn about a wild western past full of pioneers and explorers, view outstanding local art and try your hand at golf, slopitch, skating, skiing and be inspired to hike, bike, ski and play in Edson’s backyard. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Contents

08 Edson and Area Community Events

11 The Edson and Area Public Library 75h Anniversary

10 Art in the Park

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Early Days of Edson The Star of the West

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37 Medicine Lodge Rodeos Photo by Susan Hansen


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Subtitle to Begin Here

Mayor - Town of Edson

Edson & District Chamber of Commerce

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Red Brick Arts Centre and Boys and Girls Club

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Edson Local Charity Ball Tournament

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Edson Town Map with trail system

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Yellowhead County Map with campsites

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Welcome to our community! The Town of Edson is proud to host visitors from across the globe each year and we hope you have the chance to get off the highway and enjoy some of our great hospitality. Whether you’re looking to relocate to our community, set up a new business, or just visit, Edson is a place you can do it all! We are very excited about some of the new recreational facilities and cultural activities coming to our region for 2019. The Edson Cycling Association has been hard at work upgrading bike trails at our beautiful Willmore Park, as well as working on a brand new bike skills park. This is a huge boost to cycling in our community and we look forward to hosting riders from across the province. There’s always something going on in Edson! Catch a show at the Red Brick, soak up the sun at the Kinsmen Spray Park, enjoy one of our many local slopitch tournaments, or visit some of our great local downtown shops during your stay. Art in the Park is back this summer at RCMP Centennial Park. It’s a great chance to see local artists and participate in some great cultural events. Explore the region’s history at the Galloway Station Museum. This firstclass facility is also home to the Travel Centre where visitors can gather information about the entire region and get great advice and travel tips. Not only is Edson a great recreation and arts hub, we also boast a thriving business community. Our diverse economy helps us bear downturns in one or multiple sectors without huge impacts on our community, which has kept us strong for over 100 years! The Town is proud to work with our local Chamber of Commerce to ensure that our business community is provided with the best environment for growth and success. Visit our busy, thriving, and friendly community today to see why Edson is one of the best in the west!

Discover Willmore Park

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Mayor Kevin Zahara

Visit our Winter Wonderland!

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Discover the Alberta Coal Branch

The 2019/20 Edson and Area Visitor Guide is a publication of the Edson & District Historical Society who holds sole copyright. No part of the publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publishers. If you have a business or event that is not listed, or for additional copies of this guide, please contact the Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre at 780-723-5696 or email manager@gallowaystationmuseum.com. Cover photos by Deanna Sauntry (top) Nadine Martyshuk (bottom left) Lauren Brown (bottom right). Center picture provided by Denny May. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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The Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre The perfect halfway stop between Edmonton and Jasper! Talk to the Galloway staff for information on the history of the area and local amenities and attractions. Visit the gift shop for unique, hand-crafted local art. Have some time to spare? Visit the Museum!

From bootleggers, trappers, miners & tie hackers, to railroaders and businessmen — explore the lives of the determined settlers who carved a home in Edson out of what was little more than a firm place in the muskeg.

Celebrate with us!

September 2nd, 2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of Wilfrid ‘Wop’ May’s landing near First Avenue in Edson - the first known use of an aircraft for police pursuit in Canada. Throughout the year the Galloway Station Museum will be honouring the heroes of this amazing story culminating with celebration on the September long weekend. Visit our website for more information!

Open year round!

Summer Hours: Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 7 pm

(May long weekend to September long weekend)

Fall/Winter Hours:

9 am to 5 pm - Monday to Friday Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm

www.gallowaystationmuseum.com 223 - 55th Street Edson 4

780.723.5696

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Photo courtesy of Denny May


T he Star of the West

Edson’s Early Days The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP) was winding its way westward toward the Canadian Rockies in 1909. Wolf Creek was the chosen location for the GTPs divisional point. However, greedy land speculators looking for a lucrative return on their investment usurped the GTP leaving the company with the option of paying overinflated prices or moving the divisional point to another location. GTP chose the latter - this new divisional point, 19 km east of Wolf Creek, marketed, as ‘The Star of the West’ was the town of Edson.

Photo courtesy of the Edson & Area Archives

THE BIG EDDY

Photo courtesy of the Edson & Area Archives

Even before the rail reached Edson, construction crews were working furiously on one of the big obstacles, the gorge of the Sundance Creek where it flows into the McLeod River. Here, the GTP built one of the largest wooden trestles in western Canada. The trestle was one thousand feet long, eighty feet high, consisting of one million boards of timber, one hundred thousand pounds of bolts and washers and known as the Big Eddy.

PLANTING A FLAG IN THE MUSKEG In 1911, this frontier town was formally incorporated. While the rail may have given birth to Edson, the abundant natural resources gave it its lifeline. The development of several coalmines in the Alberta Coal Branch, a large cement factory west of town and numerous logging camps in the surrounding area brought with them an influx of workers and settlers from all lifestyles, eager to benefit from the areas resources. Skip ahead to the 1940/50s and the need for coal diminished and many of the coalmines closed.

Nevertheless, this did not stop Edson from thriving soon after oil and gas was discovered in the area. In the 1950s, the upgrading of Highway 16 caused a dramatic increase in private, commercial and industrial traffic. In 1951, the population of Edson was about 2,000 and continued to grow as industry in the area flourished. Today the population is close to 9,000 and has a full range of recreational and cultural facilities and a diverse economy. Eddie the Squirrel, Edson’s mascot, sums up Edson’s character as both adaptive and resilient. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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The

Edson and District Public Library Have you been to the Library lately? • Downloadable e-books & audiobooks • Free WIFI & help with computers

Red Brick Arts Centre & Museum Home of • 1920s Schoolroom & Principals Office Museum • Art Gallery • 141 Seat Theatre • Dance Studios • Meeting Rooms • Gift Shop • Sports Wall of Honour

• DVDs, CDs & books on CD • Programs for all ages and millions of books! 4726 – 8 Ave. Edson 780-723-6691 Across from Kinsmen Park

Switzer'es Drug Stor

Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm Weekends by appointment Free admission/Donations welcome

Built in 1913 and owned and operated by ECHO, the Edson Cultural Heritage Organization a non-profit organization

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Strawberry Tea and Garage Sale - June 8 • Harvest Bazaar and Tea - October 19 • Festival of Trees - November 21, 22, & 23 • Children’s Summer Programs - July and August (dates to be announced) • Children’s Carnival (date to be announced)

The Red Brick Arts Centre and Museum is a Municipal Historic Resource

Visit us online at www.redbrickartscentre.com or find us on Facebook 4818 - 7 Avenue Edson 780.723.3582

Switzer’s Drug Store An independent pharmacy that prides itself on friendly personalized customer service.

The oldest family-owned business in Edson!

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Harvey A. Switzer - founder of the drug store - opened January 12, 1912

224 - 50 Street Edson 780-723-4666 224-50th Street

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Celebrating 107 years of service


GREEN SPACES Don’t forget to visit these great outdoor community spaces!

EDSON ROTARY SKATE PARK The Skate Park features lighted tracks, allowing skaters and riders to use the park until 11 pm. Located across from RCMP Centennial Park on 54 Street.

Edson Rotary Skate Park

WALKING TRAILS Edson’s walking trails connect the community with paved and unpaved paths. Check out the playgrounds and fitness equipment along the way. See the map on page 26. Located throughout Edson.

Walking Trails

KINSMEN SPRAY PARK The park is open late May to early September from 10 am to 8 pm - 7 days a week! Picnic areas with tables and fire pits, a children’s playground, fitness equipment and spray park. Located across the street from the Edson and District Public Library.

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GLENWOOD PARK Glenwood Park offers children’s playgrounds, outdoor hockey arena, ball diamond and bathrooms/change rooms. Located at Park Glen Ave and 72 Street.

Glenwood Park

EDSON COMMUNITY GARDEN This lovely garden, located near Doug White Park and the local soccer fields is the perfect place to connect with nature in town. Located at 816 46th Street. Photo by Jackie Thiess en

Edson Community Garden

Eddie the Squirrel

WILLMORE PARK Willmore Park is truly a park for all seasons! Hiking, biking and running trails with varying degrees of difficulty are surrounded by scenic views of the river valley. Willmore has a playground, day use area, group camping, overnight camping and tobogganing hill. This is also a great fishing destination. Located 6km SW of Edson. RCMP CENTENNIAL PARK This lovely park is home to a T33 Jet, CN Caboose, Eddie the Squirrel, the Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre, the Edson & District Chamber of Commerce and the pavilion. Public events are held here regularly, such as Art in the Park. Located between the twinned highways at 55th Street.

Willmore Park

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Discover Edson & Area

Community Events

April 8 - Volunteer Fair Galloway Station Museum www.edson.ca

April 11 - Chautauqua presents Kobo Town Red Brick Arts Centre www.edsonarts.com

April 13 - Make Your Mark Meetup Edson Public Library www.edson.ca

April 18 - Mother-Son Soiree Galloway Station Museum www.edson.ca

April 26 & 27 - Edson & District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show Repsol Place www.edsonchamber.com

May - Wop May Escape Room

Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre www.gallowaystationmuseum.com

May 1-7 - National Youth Week Events

Drop-in events throughout the community www.edson.ca

May 3-5 - Spring Palette & Pottery Sale

June 8 - Strawberry Tea & Garage Sale

May 10-12 - Medicine Lodge Rodeo

June 15 & 16 - Golf Club Championship

Edson & District Public Library facebook.com/edsoncraftcentrepottersguild Halfway between Edson & Hinton on Hwy. 16 www.medicinelodgerodeo.com

June 7 - Young at Heart Seniors Conference

Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre www.edson.ca

May 18 - International Museum Day

Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre www.gallowaystationmuseum.com

May 18 & 19 - Edson Bullarama Freestyle Bullfighting

Repsol Place www.facebook.com/Edsonbullarama

May 24 & 24 - Oilmen’s Golf Tournament www.edsongolfclub.com

May 26 - Oil Ladies Golf Tournament www.edsongolfclub.com

June 1 - Holy Redeemer Graduation www.holyredeemerhigh.ca

Edson Farmers market Don’t miss the Edson Farmers Market, happening every Friday between April 26th and December 20th. The market runs 10:30am – 1:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5016-5th Ave and is free to attend. Call 1-250-317-9599 for more information. 8

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June 1 & 2 - Firefit Individual and Team Competition Griffiths Park www.firefit.com/events

June/July - Anne Frank Exhibition

Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre www.gallowaystationmuseum.com

June 1 - Wildwood Bronc Bustin Wildwood Agricultural Grounds www.wildwoodbroncbustin.com

June 8 - Austin MacDougall Memorial Golf Classic Edson Golf Club edsonvsu@hotmail.com

Red Brick Arts Centre www.redbrickartscentre.com

Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day Movie in the Park R.C.M.P. Centennial Park www.edson.ca

June 22 - Eddie’s Big Run Repsol Place www.edson.ca

June 23 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 2-6 PM RCMP Centennial Park www.edson.ca

June 28 - Parkland Composite High School Graduation www.parklandcomposite.ca

July/August - Boys & Girls Club Summer Program Weekdays at Boys & Girls Club www.bgcedson.com

July/August Summer Program & Carnival Red Brick Arts Centre www.redbrickartscentre.com

July 1 - Canada Day

Edson Legion, RCMP Centennial Park www.edson.ca

July 10 - YIA Tourist in Jasper Day www.edson.ca

July 10-12 - Summer Festival Main Street, Edson www.edsonchamber.com

July 17 - YIA Rotary Park Whitecourt www.edson.ca


July 20 - Tim Horton’s Ladies Open Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

July 24 - YIA Survival Skills Day ww.edson.ca

July 26 & 27 Niton Junction Jamboree Niton Junction 780-795-3996 Trudy / 780-795-3967 Lorna

July 28 Cowboy Church (Jamboree)

Niton Junction 780-795-3996 Trudy / 780-795-3967 Lorna

July 27 - Art in the Park 2-10 PM R.C.M.P. Centennial Park www.edson.ca

Vision Park (780) 712-1656

July 31 - YIA Rafting in Jasper www.edson.ca

August 3-5 - Peers Gold Dust Days Peers www.golddustdaze.ca

August 3-5 - Rank Mini Pony Canadian Cup Peers www.rankminipony.ca

August 8 – Seniors Open

August 21 - YIA Niton Pool, Pump Track & Park www.edson.ca

August 11 - Car Boot Sale 11-4 PM Edson Airport 780-723-4010 or sams@edson.ca

August 13 - 15 - Kids Art Camp

Register in person at Repsol Place or online at www.edson.ca

August 14 - YIA Amazing Race www.edson.ca

August 17 - Edson Custom Cruisers Show & Shine

2019 Canada Day Celebrations

Time TBA - Pancake Breakfast at the Legion 1-3pm Kids Zone in Centennial Park 7-11:30pm Beer Gardens, Concert and Fireworks (11:15pm) in Centennial Park Live entertainment, photo booth, food trucks and more! www.edson.ca

August 25 - Aircraft and Automobile Show and Shine 11-3 PM Edson Airport 780-723-4010 or sams@edson.ca

August 27 - YIA Bike at Willmore www.edson.ca

R.C.M.P. Centennial Park www.edson.ca

October 11 - Edson & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala Edson Legion www.edsonchamber.com

August 30 - September 1 - Edson Demolition Derby & Mud Bog

October 19 - Harvest Bazaar and Tea

(780) 723-5104

Red Brick Arts Centre www.redbrickartscentre.com

September 1 - Wop May Day Art in the Park 2-6 PM

October 20 - Iron Man Golf Tournament

September 8 - ATB Mixed Couples Golf Tournament

November 14 - RCMP Centennial Park Light Up 5:30-7:30 PM

September 13 - 15 - Medicine Lodge Rodeo Fall Round up

November 15-17 - Fall Palette & Pottery Sale

RCMP Centennial Park www.edson.ca

Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

www.medicinelodgerodeo.com

Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

Edson and Area events Calendar

Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

August 28 - YIA Movie in the Park

July 27-28 - Local Charity Ball Tournament

RCMP Centennial Park

August 17 & 18 - Gelmici’s Men’s Open Golf Tournament

September 21 & 22 - Ryder Cup Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

September 27 - Arts on Fire Awards Galloway Station Museum www.edson.ca

September 27-29 - Culture Days www.edson.ca

October - The Return of the Miners’ Tomb Escape Room Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre www.gallowaystationmuseum.com

Edson Golf Club www.edsongolfclub.com

Galloway Station Museum www.edson.ca

Edson & District Public Library facebook.com/edsoncraftcentrepottersguild

November 21-23 - Festival of Trees Red Brick Arts Centre www.redbrickartscentre.com

December 6 - Santa Claus Parade 6th Avenue, Edson www.edsonchamber.com

December 7 - Santa at the Galloway

Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre www.gallowaystationmuseum.com Photo by Lauren Mendoza

Want to find out what’s going on in the Edson area? www.edsonandareaevents.com Upload your events for free! Browse through the calendar and add your events today. Don’t miss another Edson and Area event again! Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Parkland Composite High School Your Future. Your Plan.

Providing Edson and Area with academic and athletic excellence.

Help your student be prepared to leap into the workforce or post secondary with our diverse programs. Environmental Science

Construction

Family School Liaison

Mechanics

Counsellor

Outdoor Education

Welding

Registered Apprenticeship

Drama Performing Arts

Foods Computers

Work Experience Dedicated Academic Advisors Dual Credit Excellent Academic

Photography

Media

Opportunities

Art

and more

French Bilingual Certificate

780.723.6035 10

Cosmetology

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www.parklandcomposite.ca

We are All Pacers


7 5th Anniversary of a Small Rural Library

Every library seems to start out in someone’s Some thought: “oh, this is the way it is now, basement or a random shed outback and but it doesn’t have to be that way.” then decades later--suddenly it seems--it Libraries can change your mind and they has transformed from a small cygnet into a can change your life; yes, they can do that. lovely swan. And along Libraries and the the way it has evolved knowledge they into something more protect are meant substantial, the ‘many to stand the test of hands make light work’ time. of the community 75 years ago it have helped to make a was 1944, 75 years resource that in turn from now it will be helps the community. 2094. That is the case with Who knows where the Edson and District libraries will be Public Library too. then? A library doesn’t As the libraries The Edson Library when housed in the Edson just happen, many are winging their Provincial Building on Main Street, 1948. volunteers including way to the digital Board members and clouds with the eventually paid staff have nursed it along and invisible book coming into its own and the most of them have questioned, what will be beloved old books fading slightly into the best for the library? background, but never going away—it is too Now? 75 years from now? wonderful an invention to ever fade away For 75 years, people have been coming completely and who doesn’t like to hold a real through the library doors. All of them found book, sit down on a winter’s day maybe and a path for themselves and some of them have just read?—in 2019, this little rural library let the library help them on their way. celebrates its 75th year.

Philanthropist Nels Ervine Bell (1880 - 1979) donated money to help build the current library Photos courtesy of the Edson & Area Archives

Help us celebrate! This year in April, there will be a Vimy Ridge display, May: National accessAbility week, June: National Indigenous history month, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, July: 75th Anniversary celebration July 5-6, and in August, celebrate the local cultures in the Edson area.

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KNOW SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMEONE

The Edson and District Chamber of Commerce has been the united voice of business in the Edson area for more than 100 years. Join today and let your voice be heard.

Keep Edson in business by keeping your business in Edson! • Trade Show• Summer Festival• Small Business Awards • Santa Claus Parade• Free Christmas Kids Movie • Networking Meetings • Political Forums

211 55 St Edson, AB 12

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780-723-4918

www.edsonchamber.com


Edson & District Chamber of Commerce

Photo (above) by Julian Buchwald

The Edson and District Chamber of Commerce hosts many community events throughout the year for visitors and residents to enjoy. On April 26th and 27th nearly 100 exhibitors will gather under one roof to showcase their wares at the Edson Trade Show. From vehicles to home based businesses and everything in between, this is the place to discover the products and services available locally. A summertime highlight for residents and visitors alike is the Summer Festival (formerly known as the sidewalk jamboree), taking place July 10th to 12th. Feel like a kid again on up to 20 carnival rides that span across Edson’s Main Street. Don’t miss out on the great sales put on by local merchants or the variety of food vendors with something to satisfy every tastebud. The Annual Business Awards Gala is on October 11, 2019. These awards are given to different hard working local businesses who make Edson residents proud to call Edson their home. Bundle up and join us for the Santa Parade on December 6th, 2019 at 5 pm. Edson and district businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals spend a great deal of time putting together their entries for the event, which are more creative every year!

The Edson Board of Trade In 1911, ‘for the purpose of putting Edson on the map’, five men were appointed to lead the Edson Board of Trade. The name was changed in 1960 to the Edson Chamber of Commerce and in 1984 to the Edson and District Chamber of Commerce. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Nuwave Wireless The Bell Store Bell Mobility & Bell Satellite TV

• Upholstery • Window • Coverings • Auto • Marine • Residental • Commercial

780-723-3794

118 - 49th St. Edson, AB

PKE Water Store & More Water Treatment Equipment Softeners/Iron Filters Spa Supplies Reverse Osmosis Home & Office Bottle Water Delivery Sales & Service

Service Technician with over 30 years of experience

780-712-7666

118 - 49th Street Edson, AB

4622 - 4th Avenue, Edson

780-723-3573

www.pkewaterstore.ca office@pkewaterstore.ca

We are eye care professionals committed to providing our patients with exceptional eye care and quality eye wear with honesty and respect. - Dr. Meagan Hawkshaw, BSc, OD

• Eye exams • Contact lenses • Prescription glasses • Prescription sunglasses • Same day glasses 5015 - 4th Ave. Edson, AB

780-723-2700

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infocus.edson@gmail.com www.InFocusEdson.com


2019 The Town of Edson presents Art in the Park, a free summer concert series in RCMP Centennial Park. Events will include free food, live entertainment, free bussing within Edson town limits and much, much more!

Friday, June 21 8:30 pm

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Movie in the Park ‘Little Big Man’

Sunday, June 23 2 - 6 pm

National Indigenous Celebrations

Saturday, July 27

2 - 10 pm Community Colours in the Park

Sunday, September 1 1 - 6 pm

Wop May Day Picnic in the Park

More summer events happening at t he park: Monday, July 1 11 am - 3 pm

Canada Day Family Festival

7 pm - 11 pm 11:15 pm

Canada Day Concert Musical Fireworks Show

Wednesday, August 28 Sunset

YIA Outdoor Movie in the Park

Call Town of Edson Community Services at 780-723-4403 for more information

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Family Restaurant Monday to Saturday 6 am to 8 pm Sundays & Holidays 7 am to 8 pm

Breakfast Served all day! ‘Stare Down’ by Julian Buchwald

4216 2nd Ave.

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780-723-3180

For the Love of Art Proudly featuring the work of local Artisans

We also have space available for rent that is well suited to workshops, meetings and presentations as well as a photographic studio available with or without lighting and backdrops.

Open Thursday & Friday: Noon to 6 pm Saturday: 11 am to 3 pm Hours will likely expand as word spreads!

Please visit theheartofedson.com for more information

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303 - Main (50th) Street, Edson

info@theheartofedson.com


Discover Edson & Area

Community Rental Spaces

EDSON

Edson Friendship Centre

5023 3th Ave

780.723.5494

Edson Masonic Lodge

4725 9th Ave

780.728.5803

Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre

223 - 55th St. - RCMP Centennial Park

780.723.5696

Lions Club Hall

217 - 42 St.

780.723.3169

Pioneer Cabin

4836-7 Ave

780.723.5777

Red Brick Arts Centre and Museum

4818-7Ave.

780.723.3582

Royal Canadian Legion, Joe Wynne Branch #51 5016-5 Ave.

780.723.3455

Yellowhead County Beaver Meadow Hall

North of Niton Junction

780.795.2103

Cadomin Legion

Highway 40

780.477.5606

Carrot Creek Hall

Rge. Rd. 161

780.795.2398

Drostan Hall

Rge. Rd. 160A

780.723.3665

Fulham Hall

Highway 32

780.693.2416

MacKay Community Hall

Highway 751

780.795.2462

Marlboro Community Hall

Marlboro

780.712.6499

Niton Community Hall

Highway 16 Niton Junction

780.795.3996

Peers Multiplex

Peers

780.725.2550

Pinedale Hall

Rge. Rd 160

780.723.1809

Pine Grove Hall

Highway 748 North

780.723.2818

Robb Multiplex

Robb

780.794.2233

Rosevear Hall

Peers

780.693.2396

Trail Community Hall

Rge Rd. 180

780.723.2638

Wildwood Community Hall

Highway 16 Wildwood

780.325.2180

Wildwood Recreation Complex

5530 50 St. Wildwood

780.325.2077

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Boys & Girls Club

Contact the Boys and Girls Club to enrol your child in our After School Program that focuses on homework & learning programs, Kids in the Kitchen (nutrition program) and an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities for all interests. NEW: We now offer a full time Daycare Program for children ages 19 months to 5 years old.

Phone: 780-723-7240. Email: info@bgcedson.com. www.bgcedson.com

Our Summer Program includes out of town field trips to the LaunchPad, Jasper Palisades Centre and much more! Register your child for the whole summer, or pick and choose the days that work for you!

Boys & Girls Club of Edson & District

Photo by Giles Merriott

The Red Brick Arts Centre Built in 1913; the Red Brick was Edson’s first school with more than one room, and continued to serve the children of Edson until 1967. It then became the bus barn for the school division and was used as such until a new facility was opened in the early 1980’s. The future of the Red Brick was uncertain. A campaign started by a group of concerned citizens began trying to save the building. They eventually succeeded and the building was designated a Municipal Historical Resource in 1987.

Today the Red Brick Arts Centre and Museum is owned and operated by ECHO - Edson Cultural Heritage Organization. A non-profit organization.

· Pet supplies · Grooming · Engraving Edson 780.723.6220

Two great stores under ·one roof! Puzzles 413 - 50th Street

· Games · Toys for all ages! Edson 780.712.4494

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Photo courtesy of the Edson & Area Archives

100+ years after opening its doors, the Red Brick has become the town’s cultural cornerstone complete with art gallery, the 141 seat Hatlen Theatre, dance studios, a growing permanent art collection, plus a Principal’s Office and School Room Museum. Find us on Facebook at Red Brick Arts Centre or www. redbrickartscentre.com.


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If you enjoy theatre, keep your eyes open for upcoming plays from Edson and area’s drama clubs. Would you prefer to be on the other side of the curtain? There are performance opportunities and acting workshops for all skill levels locally. Contact Pandora Players (780-723-1955), Double Feature Theatre (vbussing.79@gmail.com) or students can inquire at any of our local junior and senior high schools.

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ACES, the Arts Centre for Edson Society is a group dedicated to advocating for the arts and cultural community of Edson and area and for the future development of a new cultural multi-use facility. www.artscentreforedson.ca

Love to dance? Edson Dance Enthusiasts has a growing community of dancers who meet If you’re interested in live shows, you will for lessons and to practice. We go out after want to know about the wonderful acts classes to practice and show off our moves! brought to Edson by Chautauqua Edson Arts It’s a lot of fun. No experience required! Council. The nonprofit organization works Check them out on Facebook. to bring various forms of entertainment to Edson and also opens many of their shows Housed in the library building is the Edson with amazing local talent. From drama to Craft Centre - dedicated to pottery - and the music, there is something for everyone. Creative Arts Society - that focuses on paint www.edsonartscouncil.com and print. Workshops run year round for Photographers can find inspiration, photo tips and tricks, and plenty of camaraderie at the Edson Photography Club. Many of the images in this publication were generously supplied by members of the club. www.edsonphotographyclub.ca

those who like to embrace their creative side. Arts Alive Edson provides an opportunity for young artists to showcase their work, meet other artists and receive professional feedback. Visit edson.ca for more information.

ARTS AND CULTURE EVENTS Visit the Edson and Area Events website to find out about upcoming events: www.edsonandareaevents.com

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On September 2 1919, Wilfrid ‘Wop’ May flew Detective James Campbell to Edson in pursuit of a criminal. This was the first aerial police chase in Canadian history. Produced by Accidental Humour Company out of Edmonton, Alberta, the Flying Detective is based on the real events surrounding Canada’s very first aerial police pursuit. Don’t miss this multimedia comedy adventure, coming to local theatres exactly 100 years later. Read more about the community events planned this year to celebrate Wop May, a true Canadian hero, on page 8/9.

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EDSON AND AREA SPORTS The Edson area offers a variety of recreational and competitive sports. There are many organizations, including non-profit clubs, which operate within the community. While many of these clubs cater solely to youth, there are plenty of options for 18+ athletes. Contact information for any of the sports below can be found on the Edson and Area Events page at edsonandareaevents.com/communitycontacts. Within town limits you will find several fitness centres, a large indoor swimming pool and twin indoor ice rinks at Repsol Place. Now maintained and operated by the Town of Edson, Vision Park is home to 24 regulation-sized ball diamonds and hosts a variety of tournaments every year.

Love to run? Eddies Big Run brings the community together every June, where runners can register to race along Edson’s Trail System. See below for more information. Golfers can take a swing at their choice of courses - see opposite page. Cycling is popular along the trail system and at nearby Willmore Park, more information on page 41. Winter sports are popular in the area, check out page 48-51 for an in-depth listing of ‘Winter Wonderland’ activities. The Edson Kids in Sports Association is a program designed to assist children that would typically not have the resources to become involved in minor sports or school sports programs. For more information contact Axel Axmann at 780-723-0197.

cross country skiing – slo-pitch – martial arts – gymnastics – pickleball – horseback riding volleyball – soccer – rugby – curling – hockey – bowling – tennis – Ultimate frisbee – cycling football – dance – hiking – figure skating – basketball – badminton – wrestling – and more! TAKE ME OUT TO THE HOCKEY GAME

EDSON AEROS IN ACTION - Spend your evening watching tier 2 caliber hockey at Repsol Place. Most games take place on weekends and make for the perfect outing with friends and family. Stay tuned for their 2019/20 game schedule, to be announced soon. Tickets available at the door or online at www.aeroshockey.ca

Eddie’s BIG Run

Come out and enjoy the Edson trail system on Saturday, June 22 during one of Edson’s BIGGEST community events of the year!

Eddie’s Big Run is set to go at Repsol Place, 1021 - 49th Street, Edson, Alberta. This year Eddie’s Big Run is celebrating its 10th anniversary! It is an event for the entire family, a great way to be active and explore Edson’s outstanding trail system at the same time. Run registration is available through ActiveNet (edson.ca) and the runningroom.com. You can choose to walk or run the 3 km (new in 2019!) 5 km, 10 km, or the 2 x 10 km relay. Young runners can take part in the 1 km Kids Fun Run. Cash prizes to be won for top three men and women in 3km, 5km, and 10km, and for the top three teams in the relay. Race rules can be found at edson.ca. Contact us by phone at 780-723-4403 or via email at eddiesbigrun@gmail.com Past race results can be found at resultscanada.com

**NEW 3 KM** - Strollers are permitted in this race. Parents wishing to run with their kids, but who don’t want to bother with a chip time and swag can register for a $5 chaperone fee.

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Registration includes: • Chip time • T-Shirt* • Swag Bag* • Special 10th anniversary medal • Pancake breakfast • Kids activities • Fun for everyone! *If registered by May 22 early bird deadline


HIT THE LINKS Golfing in the Edson area

Photo by Giles Merriott

Photo by Giles Merriott

Golfers can take a swing at their choice of courses; The Edson Golf Club (Golf Course Road) which features 18 holes to ride or walk, and the new Dreamcatcher Golf Course (Marlboro) which offers 9 holes to walk or ride.

Photo by Lana Kirtley

Edson Local Charity Ball Tournament

Originally founded in 2015 by a family of four, the Edson Local Charity Ball Tournament Association has now grown into a board of individuals whose sole purpose is to raise money for LOCAL not-for-profit groups and of course having a great, family fun time playing Slo-pitch. The 2019 season marks our 5th consecutive year hosting and organizing this tournament. With lots of planning under way and loads of excitement we are pushing for this year to be the best it has ever been.

Slo-Pitch is alive and well in Edson! The 5th Annual Edson Local Charity Ball Tournament is set

This year we are looking to donate yet another large sum of money to several very deserving groups here in Edson. Last year donations went to support the Edson Food Bank Society, Edson & District Victim Services and McMann Youth, Family and Community Services. This tournament was built on the foundation of not only raising money for others but raising money for others locally, as we are very passionate on giving back to our amazing community.

to take place on July 27th and 28th at Vision Park. Our SPN sanctioned tournament features some pretty exciting activities and provides lots of entertainment along with the slo-pitch. These activities include our Men’s/Ladies Home Run Derby, a silent auction/raffle, great food & beverages and, of course, one of our favourites, Saturday theme day. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all out there to help us support our amazing community. For more information please check out our Facebook page: Edson Local Charity Ball Tournament. – Jeff, Chad, Leslie, Chris & Renee

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NUMBERS TO REMEMBER Town of Edson: 780-723-4401 Yellowhead County: 780-723-4800 Member of Parliament Yellowhead: 780-723-6068

Member of Legislative Assembly West Yellowhead Toll free: 1-800-661-6517 Alberta Support: 780-723-8317

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES /EARLY CHILDCARE Grande Yellowhead Public School Division No. 77: 780-723-4471 www.gypsd.ca École Pine Grove School: 4619-12 Avenue 780-723-3992 École Westhaven School: 1205 Westhaven Drive 780-723-3397 Fulham School: 55425 HWY 32 Yellowhead County 780-693-2186 Mary Bergeron Elementary School: 4538 8th Avenue 780-723-5300 Parkland Composite High School: 4630-12 Avenue 780-723-6035 Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No. 42: 780-778-5666 (District Office) www.livingwaters.ab.ca Holy Redeemer Catholic High School: 4912 - 12 Avenue (780) 723-7437 Vanier Community Catholic School: 831 - 56 Street 780-723-6612 Yellowhead Koinonia Christian School: 430 - 72 Street 780-723-3850 Edson & District Community Learning Society: Suite 201-111 54 Street 780-723-6247 edcls@gypsd.ca Edson Family Literacy Program: Suite 201-111 54 Street 780-723-6247 edcls@gypsd.ca Grande Prairie Regional College Learning Centre: 780-723-5206 edsonstudentinfo@gprc.ab.ca Day Care Society of Edson: 780-723-6444 Ext. 1 FCSS Family/Parent Link Centre: 780-723-4338 Edson Playschool Association: 780-723-5766 Brighter Futures Women Infants & Nutrition: 780-723-6444 Ext. 2 Early Childhood Matters: 780-723-5494 22

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Service Canada: 1-800-622-6232 Yellowhead Registries: 780-723-6666 Road Conditions: Alberta 5-1-1

TRANSPORTATION Edson Senior Transportation Society: 780-723-1122 Air Service: 780-723-4010 Charter services only Rail Service: Via Rail 1-888-842-7245 Bus Services: Beaupre Bus Service: 780-723-6285 Sundog Tours: 780-852-4056 Jasper Taxis: Avenue Cabs: 780-517-3399 Edson Taxi: 780-723-6633 Five Star Delivery Service & Cabs: 780-723-3008 HOUSING & RENTALS Alpine 3% Realty: 780-723-5550 Boxshaw Four Realty: 780-723-7818 Century 21 Twin Realty: 780-723-3100 Royal Lepage: 780-723-3186 UTILITIES Natural Gas: Town: 1-866-420-3174 County: 780-723-4214 Electricity (Direct Energy): 1-888-420-3181 Telephone/Telus (LAN line): 310-2255 Town of Edson Public Works Water/Sewer: 780-723-6461 Town of Edson Landfill Station 780-723-6476 www.edson.ca Yellowhead County Landfill & Transfer Sites: 1-800-665-6030 www.yellowheadcounty.ab.ca Recycle Depot: Edson/Yellowhead County 780-723-4002 www.westyellowheadrecycles.ca


MEDICAL/EMERGENCY

For any emergency dial 911 R.C.M.P Administration: 780-723-8800 Edson Fire Department office: 780-723-7848

MEDICAL/EMERGENCY

Hospital: 780-723-3331 Clinic Appointments Only: 780-723-5531 Town of Edson After Hours Emergencies: 780-723-6300

HELPING SERVICES 211 Alberta: Dial 211 Find the right community and/or social services. www.ab.211.ca Alberta Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 Alcoholics Anonymous: 780-542-8729 Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437 Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 Citizens on Patrol: Edson - 780-723-7916 Community Engagement Action Team (CEAT) jimd@edson.ca Distress & Suicide Line: 1-800-232-7288 Edson Food Bank: 780-723-1350 Health Link: Dial 811 Advice from a registered nurse 24/7 Narcotics Anonymous: 780-723-4111 or 780-712-3845 Poison Centre: 1-800-332-1414 UP! (Unlimited Potential): 780-723-3761 Support for families with children who have special needs. Victim Services: 780-723-8813 Welcome Wagon: 780-293-5325 PET CARE/ANIMAL CONTROL Edson Veterinary Clinic: 780-723-3354 Emergency Number: 780-723-3355 Glenwood Park Veterinary Clinic 780-725-0133 Edson Animal Control/Pound: 780-723-723-6461 Yellowhead County Animal Control: 780-723-4800 Edson Animal Rescue (EARS): 780-712-6788 www.edsonanimalrescue.com

Yellowhead County After Hours Emergency Number For Utilities, Bylaw Enforcement, Transportation: 780-723-3221 Alberta Wildfire: 310-3473

FAITH Bethel Pentecostal Church: 6350 - 13 Avenue 780- 723-3007 Edson Baptist Church: 4717 - 9 Avenue 780-723-3982 Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 4803 - 6 Avenue 780-723-3661 Carrot Creek Christian Fellowship: (780) 728-9429 Christian Reformed Church: 4633 - 7 Avenue 780-723-5242 Jehovah’s Witnesses: 4307 – 5 Avenue 780-723-6884 New Hope Family Fellowship: 463 - 72 Street 780-723-5704 St. Catherine’s Anglican Church: Corner of 50 Street and 7 Avenue 780-723-3157 Edson Mennonite Church: 6212 - 13 Avenue, Edson 780-723-4922 Grace Lutheran Church: 4407 - 7 Avenue 780-723-4366 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Corner of 40th Street & Highway 748 (Bear Lake Road) 780-723-3525 Edson Alliance Church: 5525 - 2 Avenue 780-723-5776 Seventh-Day Adventist Church: 1133 - 55 Street 780-723-5490 United Church: 1214 Edson Drive 780-723-3418 Wildwood Chapel: 4820 4 Avenue 780-325-3999 Edson Mosque: 4831 4 Avenue 780-217-3678 Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Shop Edson and Area

Automotive

Clothing Boot Shop Saddlery & Western Wear

412 - 50 St.

780.723.6272

Get Dressed

302 - 50 St.

780.712.4037

In Your Drawers

117 - 50 St.

780.712.2952

Jensen’s Lifestyle Clothing

308 - 50 St.

780.723.6677

Kwik Crests

502 - 50 St.

780.723.7400

Mark’s Work Wearhouse

5919 - 2 Ave.

780.723.6693

Thymes Two

306 - 50 St.

780.723.3350

Warehouse One

323 - 50 St.

780.712.5363

B.B.D.S.

#8 5907 - 4 Ave.

780.723.2037

Fineline Stationery / The Source

408 - 50 St.

780.723.3570

780.712.7540

Leading Edge Communications & Cellular

320 - 50 St.

780.712.4006

4833 - 2 Ave.

780.712.4152

Morad Communications

5108 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3939

OK Tire

625 - 54 St.

780.723.8473

Nuwave Wireless

118 - 49th Ave.

780.723.3794

Patterson’s Part Supply

5711 - 2 Ave.

780.728.8803

Telecom West

4622 - 4th Ave.

780.723.5999

Rugged Tire & Customs

4826 - 3 Ave.

780.725.9379

Fitness

Wilden’s Service Ltd

5521 - 3 Ave.

780.723.4507

Alpine Health Club

5202 - 2 Ave.

780.712.3060

Sierra Fitness

5913 - 4 Ave.

780.800.9987

Auto Motion Audio

5933 - 3 Ave.

780.723.7530

Bannister GMC

214 - 58 St.

780.723.3351

Bumper to Bumper

4804 - 3 Ave.

780.723.5566

Canadian Tire

5919 - 2 Ave.

780.723.6335

Coach WRX

4508 - 2 Ave.

780.725.0067

Edson Chrysler

7440 - 4 Ave.

888.712.2376

Edson Honda

5625 - 4 Ave.

780.723.6608

Edson Muffler and Tire

Wolf Creek

780.723.6166

Fountain Tire

4619 - 2 Ave.

780.723.7666

Hughes Auto Repair

5223 4 Ave.

780.723.1880

Integra Tire

209 - 59 St.

780.728.0024

Jerry Ford

5908 - 4 Ave.

780.723.4441

Jiffy Lube

5220 - 4 Ave.

780.712.5333

KAL Tire

5959 - 3 Ave.

Napa Auto Parts

Banks and Financial Services ATB Financial

313 - 50 St.

780.723.5571

Toned & Tanned Ladies Gym

5033 - 1 Ave.

780. 728.9019

CIBC Branch

421 - 50 St.

780.723.6061

Uptown Yoga

319 - 50th St.

780.725.2255

Edson Servus Credit Union

4912 - 2 Ave.

780.723.4468

Gift and Specialty Shop

Money Mart

403 - 50 St.

780.723.5196

Diana’s Pets & Hobbyland

413 - 50th St.

780.723.6220

RBC Royal Bank

124 - 50 St.

780.723.6683

Edson Frame Shop

319 - 50 St.

780.725.0077

Scotiabank

402 - 50 St.

780.723.6001

Farmer’s Daughter Décor

5019 - 4 Ave.

780.723.2428

Flowers by Mar-Wes

208 - 50 St.

780.723.3391

Galloway Station Gift Shop

223 - 55 St.

780.723.5696

Gelmici’s Jewellery

123 - 50 St.

780.723.3618

Horizon Music & Art

4904 - 3 Ave.

780.723.1955

Sacred Groundz Inc.

221 - 50 St.

780.712.7077

The Antique Place

5020 - 2 Ave.

780.723.7888

The Higher Road Smoke Shop

4902 - 4 Ave.

780.728.0420

Thymes Two

306 - 50 St.

780.723.3350

Trendy Twigs Flowers & Gifts

6134 - 11 Ave.

780.712.7332

Yellowhead Florists

115 - 50 St.

780.723.5050

Bargain Shopping Edson Bargain Boutique

1214 - Edson Dr.

780.723.3418

Take It or Leave It

5237 - 1 Ave.

780.723.4002

Thrift Store

5112 - 3 Ave.

780.723.4545

Barber Co.

5027 - 1 Ave.

780.723.4138

Eclipse Hair Gallery

5024 - 2 Ave.

780.723.1888

Hairlines Limited

4928 - 4 Ave.

780.723.6477

Nexxt Barber Shop

5106 - 2 Ave.

780.517.5179

Of The Earth Spa

5024 - 3 Ave.

780.723.5883

Studio On 4th

4914 - 4 Ave.

780.723.3343

Tangl’d Salon & Spa

4901 - 6 Ave.

780.723.6200

The Other Side Hair

511 - 50 St.

780.712.5521

Urban Image Spa

4928 - 1 Ave.

780.728.3312

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THE BEANERY - A CUP OF AREA HISTORY The Beanery was a 24 hour café run out of the train station at the end of Edson’s Main Street. The coffee shop was open from 1912 – 1962, closing its doors a few years before the demolition of the station. Mark Albert, a locomotive engineer, was served the last cup of coffee after fifty years of being a faithful customer.


Music

Grocery Dollarama

5030 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3049

Horizon Music & Art

4904 - 3 Ave.

780.723.1955

Legacy Market

4502 - 3 Ave.

587-466-0400

Optometry

Mother Nature’s Whey

4932 - 5 Ave.

780.723.3466

Henry Family Vision Care

5022 - 2 Ave.

780.725.9995

Sobeys

303 - 54 St.

780.723.3753

In Focus Eye Care

5015 - 4 Ave

780.723.2700

Walmart

5750 - 2 Ave.

780.723.6357

Pearle Vision

503 Main Street

780.723.6365

Your Independent Grocer

4431 - 4 Ave.

780.712.7564

Pharmacies

Yukon Sausage

5130 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3390

Your Independent Grocer

4431 - 4 Ave.

780.712.7573

Shoppers Drug Mart

302 - 53 St.

780.723.3514

780.723.3025

Switzer’s Drugs

224 - 50 St.

780.723.4666

780. 723.3980

Walmart

5750 - 2 Ave.

780.723.6357

4624 - 2 Ave.

780. 723.2355

Canadian Tire

5919 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3025

Hardware Canadian Tire

5919 - 2 Ave.

Timberjack Home Hardware

4840 - 2 Ave.

RV

Laundry Edson Drycleaners

108 - 50 St.

780.723.7503

Happy Camper

Sea Spray Coin Laundry

5014 - 3 Ave.

780.723.4722

Sporting Goods

Liquor 2 am Liquor

5208 - 4 Ave.

780.723.2008

Edson Honda

5625 - 4 Ave.

780.723.6608

Ace Liquor (1st Ave.)

4920 - 1 Ave.

780.723.3808

Freedom Powersports Ltd.

5503 - 2 Ave.

780.723.4533

Ace Liquor (53rd St.)

#200 302 - 53 St.

780.728.0447

Indominous Sports

419 - 50 St.

780.723.4284

Liquor Depot (Jr. Derrick)

4524 - 4 Ave.

780.712.7370

Riderz

RR Rd 170

780.723.5775

Real Canadian Liquor Store

#215 - 45 St.

780.725.0011

Walmart

5750 - 2 Ave.

780.723.6357

Sobey’s Liquor

624 - 50 St.

780.723.5657

Quality Instruments & Art Supplies Guitars, Keyboards, Drums & More Scrapbooking, Mixed Media & Craft Supply nd us on facebook!

HORIZON

4904 - 3rd Ave. Edson 780-723-1955 www.horizonmusicedson.com

Proud to be serving our community since 1996

Enjoy the finer things in life K-Cup Central

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Hospital

Airport

Schools

Galloway Station Museum

Fire Hall

Golf Course

Post Office

Visitor Information

Police

Landfill

Kin Spray Park

Trails

Points of Interest

Parks/Greenspace

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4830 - 4 Avenue

780.723.5511

Castle Motel

5604 - 4 Avenue

780.723.3279

Cedars Motel

5720 - 4 Avenue

780.723.4436

Comfort Inn & Suites

5517 - 4 Avenue

780.723.73 03

Edson Hotel (formerly the Commodore)

221 - 50 Street

780.723.4411

Econo Lodge

5601 - 2 Avenue

780.723.5505

Guest House Inn & Suites

4411 - 4 Avenue

780.723.4486

Holiday Inn Express

4520 - 2 Avenue

780.723.4011

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780-723-4411

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Upgraded Rooms, Kitchenettes Available, Dining and so much more!

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Kitchenettes

Black Gold Inn

Free Wifi

780.712.2378

Breakfast Included

300 - 52 Street

Gym

Best Western High Road Inn

Steam

780.723.4242

Sauna

5207 - 4 Avenue

Hot Tub

Aries Motel

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Moose Creek

4805 - 4 Avenue

780.723.5508

Nova Inn

5625 - 2 Avenue

780.712.3005

Park A Motel

301 - 42 Street

780.723.5541

Ramada Inn & Suites

4536 - 2 Avenue

780.723.9797

Summit Motel

4818 - 4 Avenue

780.723.6199

Sundowner Inn

5140 - 2 Avenue

780.723.5591

Super 8

5220 - 2 Avenue

780.723.7373

Totem Motel

4418 - 4 Avenue

780.723.2020

Kitchenettes

528 - 63 Street

Free Wifi

Lakeview Inn & Suites Edson Airport

Breakfast Included

780.723.2500

Gym

4300 - 2 Avenue

Steam

Lakeview Inn & Suites East

Sauna

780.723.4200

Hot Tub

5018 - 1 Avenue

Waterslide

Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn

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Edson Alberta

4411-4th Avenue EDSON AB Ph: 780.723.4486 Toll Free: 1.888.744.4486 Email: frontdesk@edsongh.com

Come Be Our Guest

Fridge, Coffee, & Microwaves in all rooms; Free High speed internet; HDTV service; Exercise, Sauna, Steam Room; Kitchenette Suites;Guest Laundry; Ample Rig/Bus Parking.

FREE Breakfast Buffet Daily Dining on Site at Ricky’s All Day Grill

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Comfort Food

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Fun with Food Trucks

LOUNGE

FAMILY

FAST FOOD

SPECIALTY

COFFEE

Dining out Sacred Groundz

221 - 50 St.

780.517.7077

Tim Horton’s East

4209 - 3 Ave.

780.723.7244

Tim Horton’s West

201 - 54 St.

780.723.7242

Castle Restaurant (Chinese)

5630 - 4 Ave.

780.723.5551

Coconut Tree (Thai / Chinese)

118 - 50 St.

780.723.3103

Golden Honey (Chinese)

300 - 52 St.

780.723.8888

Kazoko Sushi Bar

216 - 50 St.

587.466.0026

Wok Box

5103 - 2 Ave.

780.725.9739

A&W Restaurant

4531 - 4 Ave.

780.723.4824

Dairy Queen

5305 - 2 Ave.

780.723.2001

Donair Zone

4902 - 4 Ave.

780.723.4449

Extreme Pita

102, 330 - 45 St.

587.466.9911

Lil’ Igloo

4520 - 4 Ave.

780.725.0105

McDonald’s

4239 - 4 Ave.

780.712.2355

Mr. Sub

101, 330 - 45 St.

780.725.0154

Panago Pizza

4902 - 4 Ave.

780.310.0001

Papa John’s Pizza

104, 330 - 45 St.

780.725.9393

Subway

4920 - 4 Ave.

780.723.2774

Wendy’s

4207 - 3 Ave.

780.712.4422

Boston Pizza

4523 - 4 Ave.

780.712.7300

Branch Inn

4332 - 4 Ave.

780.712.6116

Legends Pizza

4308 - 4 Ave.

780.723.4811

Manna’s Restaurant & Catering

221 - 50 St.

780.725.1980

Mountain Pizza & Steak House

5102 - 4 Ave.

780.723.3900

Ricky’s All Day Grill

4340 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3600

Smitty’s Family Restaurant

4216 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3180

BP’s Lounge

4523 - 4 Ave.

780.712.7300

Cougars & Kittens Saloon

221 - 50th St.

780.712.0943

Galloway Lounge

300 - 52 St.

780.723.2232

Original Joe’s

108, 330 - 45 St.

780.723.6445

Outlaws Cookhouse

5625 - 2 Ave.

780.728.0241

RG’s Lounge

4320 - 2 Ave.

780.723.3600

The Fresh Vine @thefreshvine

Farmers Wife’s Fabulous Caboose @farmerswifesfabulouscaboose

The first structure built on the location that would become Edson was Johnny Boniface’s two-story black tar papered hotel. A meal would cost 50 cents and an overnight stay another 50 cents. It was said his establishment was very clean and worth the price. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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NOW OPEN RockyMountainBigHorn.ca

Craft Brew Revolution

DESTINATION BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES Craft spirits are quickly rising in popularity in Alberta, and why shouldn’t they be? They offer unique flavours that are cultivated by the communities that surround them - making for a truly local experience. Well-known for their award-winning brews is Apex Predator Brewing, located 15 minutes out of Edson at 53527 Range Rd 181A. Sample their delicious brews in the taproom or outside on the patio with savoury snacks and a classic card game. Site tours are available Saturdays 11am to 12pm by appointment only. The latest addition to Edson’s craft spirit scene is brand new Rocky Mountain Big Horn Distillery, located 10 minutes out of town at 17315 Township Rd 540. Choose from their tasty spirits - alpine cream, corn shine (gluten-free), gin and vodka. Site tours are available and must be booked in advance. Located less than 10 minutes west of Hinton and just over an hour from Edson is Folding Mountain Brewing Taproom and Kitchen. Order a flight from the wide selection of beer on tap or fill a growler to take home. Snack on something from their menu, complete with kid-friendly options. Looking for a truly Canadian experience? Try the traditional poutine - you won’t be disappointed!

Visit our website for more information and Tasting Room Hours! Questions or input? Email

info@rockymountainbighorn.ca

or call 780-712-3709. 17315 Township Rd 540, Yellowhead County, Edson

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The Block Party is a great way for neighbours to connect, meet one another and build a stronger and safer community. Connecting with neighbours creates a sense of belonging in your neighbourhood and it increases safety and well being. A Block Party is an opportunity to identify and discuss what you love about where you live and ways to make it better. You don’t need to close the street to host a Block Party! It can be as simple as a few households getting together on the lawn or driveway, or at a nearby park! You can have a BBQ, a picnic, a potluck, a catered dinner, a chili cook off or a backyard campfire!

Start planning a Block Party today!

Connect with a Block Party There are lots of ways to celebrate with food, bringing your neighbours together! Up to $200 in rebates available when you register with our Block Party program. Purchase food, drinks and supplies you need, complete a rebate form and submit including your original receipts following your Block Party. More information at www. edson.ca/blockparty The first 10 Block Parties of the calendar year to register receives 24 FREE cupcakes! The Block Party Trailer is available to rent out for the duration of your registered Block Party and includes tents, tables, chairs, games and more.

It’s easy! Visit www.edson.ca/blockparty to find out how to get started or contact Community Services at 780-723-4403

Top 10 reasons to host a Block Party 1. Have fun! 2. Get to know your neighbours. 3. Build friendships. 4. Create a sense of belonging. 5. Discuss events and happenings in 

your neighbourhood.

6. Form a group to plan more events. 7. Celebrate your great neighbourhood! 8. Increase the sense of safety and 

security.

9. Learn about the history of your neighbourhood.

10. Meet others that could help you plan future Block Parties.

Aircraft & Automobile Sell your stuff! Buy more stuff!

August 25, 2019 11 - 3 pm Fun for the whole family!

August 11, 2019 10 am to 4 pm at the Edson Airport

! Free Entry

$25 registration for sellers. Register online at www.edson.ca or at Repsol Place.

If you would like to display your aircraft or car in the show, please contact Airport Manager Sam Shine. Registration is free! email: sams@edson.ca

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Karen Spencer-Miller Broker/Owner 780-712-3333

Serving Edson and surrounding areas specializing in Residential, Rural, Commercial Real Estate & Property Management. Contact our Professional Team today!

Yvonne Bayley Associate Broker 780-723-1406

Jack Drebit REALTOR® 780-712-1103

Cheryl Drebit REALTOR® 780-725-2101

Lisa Yakimchuk REALTOR® 780-280-1101

Jacob Kennedy REALTOR® ‘The Kennedy Team’ 780-728-4343

Rochelle Kennedy REALTOR® ‘The Kennedy Team’ 780-723-1112

Val Bezushko REALTOR® 780-712-3823

Bobbi Foulds REALTOR® 780-723-1364

Rhoda Teeter REALTOR® 780-712-6962

Laura Miller REALTOR® 780-725-1733

Chablis Lyster REALTOR® 780-728-7116

Becky Bayley REALTOR® 780-712-2161

Office: 780-723-3100 twinrealty@century21.ca www.century21.ca/twinrealty listings.twinrealty.ca ©TM Trademarks of AM Royalties Limited Partnership used under license by LoyaltyOne, Co. and Century 21 Twin Realty.

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Sharon Hawboldt REALTOR®/ Owner Property Manager 780-712-9122

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Museum Visit

Bowl a Strike

Repsol Place

Art Gallery

Step back in time at the Galloway Station Museum (223-55th St) or the Red Brick Schoolroom Museum (48187th Ave) and learn about the history of Edson and area.

Edson Bowling Alley is centrally located on Main Street (417-50th Street). Glow bowling runs on weekend evenings. Call 780-723-4617 for hours.

A great way to burn off some extra energy! Repsol Place is home to an indoor swimming pool (year-round) and two indoor ice rinks (September to April).

Also on Main Street, the Heart of Edson Gallery and Studio (303-50th Street) showcases the work of local artists, including a wide selection of photography.

View of RCMP Centennial Park from the back deck of the Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre.

DOG-FRIENDLY Traveling with your canine friend? Edson’s Off Leash Dog Park is the perfect place to let your pup run free. This fenced off area has a pond, benches and plenty of room to run. Please pick up after your pet. Located south of the railway tracks on the west side of 54th Street.

Photo by Deanna Sauntry Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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WILDWOOD BRONC BUSTIN’ - june 1, 2019 Wildwood Bronc Bustin’ Rodeo is celebrating its 16th Anniversary this year and is the only rodeo of its kind in Canada. Its founder, Rod Hay, who is an eight time Canadian champ and 20 time NFR qualifier, and the WWB committee are working to make this one of a kind rodeo bigger and better every year! Gates open to the public at 4:00pm on June 1, with performance to start at 6:00pm. This event will be a Novice Pro Saddle Bronc and Pro Saddle Bronc Event with an 18+ dance to take place after. Tickets will be sold at the gate. For more information visit www. wildwoodbroncbustin.com

EDSON BULLARAMA - May 18 & 19, 2019 This years event is brought to you by Mountainside Sales & Rentals Ltd. and JRF Oilfield Services LTD. For more information, check out the event on Facebook @Edsonbullarama or call 780.712.0805

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May 18 - Canada’s largest freestyle bullfighting competition May 19 - 30 man invitational bull riding


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39TH ANNUAL MEDICINE LODGE RODEO - May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 This home grown event is a staple in the community with events ranging from ladies barrel racing to saddle bronc. The Medicine Lodge Rodeo was started by Alma Anderson, who believed that being a cowboy was something of which to be proud. The Anderson family proudly carries on this belief and continue to strive to bring a truly western weekend to all contestants and spectators alike. This rodeo is also a great supporter of the next generation of cowboys and cowgirls - hosting exciting junior events.

For more information visit medicinelodgerodeo.com

Starts at 4pm on May 10, 2019 All Girls Event Starts at 1pm on May 11 & 12, 2019 WRA Rough Stock and Local Events Rodeo admission: $10.00 general, $5.00 seniors and children under 12 are FREE.

Photo by Susan Longmore

Friday: All Girls Event - Senior events: ladies barrel racing, pole bending, steer undecorating, cow riding, gunnysack race, horse riding (bareback/saddle bronc). Junior events: barrel racing, pole bending, gunnysack race Open event: rescue race and bloomer race. WRA Rough Stock Events - Stock Contractor is Doubletree Rodeo Stock. Announcer: Tyson Pietsch Events: saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding Jr. bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, Jr. & Sr barrel racing, Jr. steer riding, Jr. breakaway roping, novice horse riding. Local Events - Mutton Bustin’ Friday - Sunday (6 years and under), cowgirl cow riding and riding lawn mower races Saturday & Sunday Featured Events - WRA ‘Pot of Gold’ Bareback Event; Friday and Saturday nights we will be featuring the minichuckwagon races. On Saturday and Sunday there will be the Chinook Riders musical ride. Saturday and Sunday lawn tractor races, rodeo intermission musical entertainment by Ernie Smith,, Saturday Family dance music by LAREDO, rodeo clown Squirrelly Early Anderson, FREE covered wagon rides, FREE train rides and Clinton W. Gray ‘Magic Comedy Show’. More Weekend Activities- Saturday (May 11, 2019) 8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast & 9:00 p.m. Dance with music by LAREDO. Sunday (May 12, 2019) 8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast & Cowboy Church Service by Running Free Country Fellowship.

Medicine Lodge Fall Roundup The Medicine Lodge Fall Round up runs September 13 - 15 and features rodeo slack performances, bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, tie down roping, novice horse riding, barrel racing, team roping, bull riding and much more! Check out www.medicinelodgefallroundup.com for more information.

Rank Mini Pony Canadian Cup 2019

THE LARGEST MINI BRONC RIDING IN CANADA. August 3-5, 2019. Located in Peers and held in conjunction with Peers Gold Dust Daze. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Camping in Yellowhead County Yellowhead County is home to some of the most pristine wilderness in North America. Vast landscapes with a little bit of everything — lakes, mountains, hoodoos, fishing, quadding, hiking and more. Looking for adventure? You’ll find it in Yellowhead County.

Grande Cache

Grande Prairie

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Mayor - Yellowhead County

We’d love to have you back to visit again! Welcome to our beautiful and magnificent region! Once you visit, we’re sure you’ll be back again! Not only do we have a diverse backyard for you to explore, but it is massive! Yellowhead County covers over 5.5 million acres (about the same size of Belize) and stretches from the Pembina River to the Jasper Park border and south to the Cardinal Divide in the historic Coal Branch. From the Alberta Northern Rockies to the rolling prairies that Alberta is famous for, we hope you enjoy your time here as you try the many exciting activities and events we have to offer – from rodeos, music festivals, and car shows to recreational activities such as mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, quadding, and more. Stay at one of the many beautiful campgrounds, lodges, and B&Bs (and even authentic teepees) and take the time to explore our lakes and rivers where swimming, boating, and great fishing abound. Also located within the County’s boundaries are 8 county recreation areas and 5 easily accessible Provincial and Wildland Parks, which offer a mix of amenities from serviced campsites to rustic sites and backcountry hiking and camping opportunities. For more information visit us at www.VisitYellowhead.ca. Enjoy your stay!

Mayor Gerald Soroka

DID you know? The Yellowhead Highway was originally a fur traders route (the Leather Pass) and now it crosses four provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba - and 90 provincial parks, five national parks, and numerous historic locations. Photo by Shawn Montreiul Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Fishing

*Indicates lakes that are stocked.

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Athabasca-Berland Rivers

73.5 km NW of Edson

Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Walleye, Northern Pike

Bear Lake

31.8 km NE of Edson

Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Walleye

Chip Lake

56 km E of Edson

Northern Pike, Burbot

Edson River

7 km N of Edson

Arctic Grayling, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Rocky Mountain Whitefish

Emerson Lakes*

62 km NW of Edson

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Erith River

36 km SW of Edson

Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, Rocky Mountain Whitefish

Fickle Lake

36 km SW of Edson

Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Lake WhiteFish, Walleye

Little Sundance Creek

18 km NE of Edson

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Rocky Mountain Whitefish

Long Lake

32 km NE of Edson

Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Walleye

Lovett Lake*

70 km SW of Edson

Rainbow Trout

McLeod River

2.5 km E of Edson

Arctic Grayling, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, Rocky Mountain Whitefish

Miller’s Lake*

18 km W of Edson

Rainbow Trout

Minnow Lake

28 km SE of Edson

Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch

Obed Lake*

45 km W of Edson

Yellow Perch, Brown Trout

Shiningbank Lake

26 km NE of Edson

Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Lake Whitefish

Sundance Creek

25 km W of Edson

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Rocky Mountain Whitefish

Wolf Creek

21 km E of Edson

Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling

Wolf Lake

74 km SE of Edson

Northern Pike, Yellow Perch

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO A few reminders for a safe and successful day of angling in the area:

Please read & understand the fishing regulations for the waterbody you are fishing as open & closing dates, bait restrictions & harvest restrictions can vary between the different lakes & rivers. Angling regulations are listed in the Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations, which is available online at www.MyWildAlberta.ca Be prepared! In addition to all of your fishing and outdoor gear, don’t forget to bring a copy of your up-to-date Alberta sportfishing license and boating safety equipment if you will be on the water.

The Sundowner Inn makes everyone feel welcome! Located in Edson one block off the Yellowhead Highway, our facility boasts 67 spacious rooms with comfy queen beds—just what you need to feel welcome when you’re away from home. Relax & Enjoy Your Stay!

• Pet Friendly • Pool • Hot Tub • Sauna Winner of the • WiFi Housekeeping • FREE deluxe Award 14 times in 15 years! Continental Breakfast!

5140 – 2 Avenue Edson, AB

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Park Boundaries Road

Multi-use Trail Water Pump

Bridge Bike Skills Park

With all the improvements, grand views and potential adventures, Willmore Park is a definite must see!

The Edson Cycling Association and the Town of Edson have been working steadily to improve access to trails in the Edson area by building new trails at Willmore Park. The Cycling Association has a multi-year plan to build approximately 8 km of new single track trails to utilize more of the park space, to repair damaged sections of existing trails and to build a mid-sized bike park. The grand opening is scheduled for mid-August. For more information on the planned improvements and group rides visit www.edsoncycling.com. The Edson Adventure Race, a Willmore back country duathalon is scheduled for August 24, 2019. This truly ‘wild’ annual run/bike/ run event will challenge and entertain all skill levels. Find us on Facebook for more information.

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WELCOME TO WILLMORE

You’ll find a piece of a different world at Willmore Park. Located right along the McLeod River, the park offers something for everyone. Hiking and biking trails, ranging from 1.5 km to 5 km provide varying degrees of difficulty and are surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness and scenic views of the river valley. It is also a great place for runners of all levels. There is plenty of room to camp in one of the 12 river side sites or 29 forest sites. Group camping and picnicking is also available. The area is also a great fishing destination. The park is used for tobogganing, snow shoeing, fatbiking and cross country skiing in the winter months. In the summer, it is a popular spot for swimming, hiking, biking, running, soaking up the sun or tubing on the river. The Edson Cycling Association hosts free weekly women’s and co-ed group mountain bike rides. All abilities welcome!

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Background photo by Giles Merriott (www.365photography.com)

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Beta Lake 780.868.0109 Located off of Hwy 16 on Hwy 751, 15 km North

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Bear Lake 780.693.2479 Located 35 km Northeast of Edson on Hwy 748 East

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Watson Creek 780.865.2154 North of Cadomin on Hwy 47

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Whitehorse Creek 780.865.2154 South from Cadomin on Grave Flats Road

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Willmore Recreation Area 780.723.7141 6 km south of Edson on 63 Street, RR 174

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Wolf Lake Provincial Rec Area 780.723.0738 24 km east on Hwy 16, 53 km south on Wolf Lake Road

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RV PARKS East of Edson RV Resort 780.723.2287 8 km East of Edson on Hwy 16 on RR 162

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Moose Meadows RV Park 780.712.3455 1.7 km down Golf Course Road

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Northwood Acres 780.728.0413 Hwy. 748 to RR 171 near Edson

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Location: North of Weyerhaeuser and crossing Highway 748 Full hookups available, year round camping Check us out at www. northwoodacres.ca or on FULL HOOKUPS Facebook for details!

5 Mins from Edson!

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Parks in the Yellowhead

William A. Switzer Provincial Park

Bear Lake Park

This park has five campgrounds spread out through the valley along a chain of five lakes connected by a navigable creek and surrounded by forests of pine, spruce and aspen. It is home to an abundance of wildlife and features great mountain views. The park offers year-round recreational opportunities to connect with nature such as canoeing, relaxing at the beach, water skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. 20km NW of Hinton on Highway 40

Bear Lake remains one of the area’s most popular lakes. The sandy beach with volleyball net, refreshing water and playground area are a draw for the younger members of the family while the boat launch and docking areas play host to the more adventuresome water enthusiasts for water skiing and tubing. 35km NE of Edson on Highway 748

Obed Lake Provincial Park Obed Lake Park encompasses 3 small lakes and the upland areas around them. The area contains a diverse mix of wetland and well drained upland communities including black spruce, tamarack, ferns, mixed wood forests, and closed conifer forests of lodgepole pine and black spruce. The area is important for wildlife as well especially for elk and as an over wintering area of moose. 55km W of Edson on Highway 16 Photo by Lauren Brown

Photo by Mike Dykstra

Shining Bank

Edson Fish and Game Association

Shining Bank offers a wide variety of family camping activities within a quiet aspen grove. A roped off swimming area, playground facilities, a sandy beach and excellent boat launching and docking facilities give great access and use to the area’s largest lake. 24km N of Peers on highway 32

The Edson area is fortunate to have a wide diversity of Fish and Wildlife species which are valued resources in the historical and present culture of the community. Whether you are a photographer, a hunter, a fisherman or one of the many who appreciate the opportunity to observe wild things in wild places, the Edson area can provide a chance to see some of natures most amazing creatures. Pop in to the Galloway Station Museum and check out some incredible mounts of grizzly bears and bighorn sheep which have been preserved by talented local taxidermists. The Edson Fish and Game Association and Gun Club is actively involved in the conservation and responsible use of our fish and wildlife resources. Our organization works in partnership with the local trappers, biologists, enforcement officers and industry to ensure that fish and wildlife remain a part of the landscape for future generations to enjoy. The Club is home to the Longest Mile Photo by Julian Buchwald Shooting range which attracts shooting enthusiasts from all over Alberta. Club members have the opportunity to develop a wide range of shooting skills for hunting, recreation or competition at one of the finest facilities in Western Canada. Visit www.edsonfishandgame.ca for more information and membership applications.

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Sundance Provincial Park Sundance is comprised of three very different and unique features only found within the park’s boundaries. It was declared a park under the Special Places Program. Emerson Lakes is a grouping of five beautifully clear lakes nestled in a quiet oasis. Seven km of hiking trails circle three of the lakes ad offer amazing scenic views. The lakes provide excellent fishing for brook trout and a range of other fish. Marl Bog is a provincially significant site for flora. Twelve different species of orchids, as well as five different species can be found here along with a variety of rare aquatic plants, sedges, rushes and ferns. This area has a unique combination of soil and hydrology which can provide for such as unusual grouping of plants. The Wild Sculpture Trail takes a journey through the ever changing hoodoos of Sundance Park. The sandstone cliffs, which were and are carved by rain and wind, hang on the side of steep cliffs overlooking the lakes below. The Wild Sculpture Trail is only 2km one way, but the entire trail is about 9km in length, and provides camping spots for overnight adventures within the park.

Photo by Cory Copeland

Located 63km from Edson with only 16km of paved roads. Follow Edson Drive north, which turns into Highway 748 North. Continue on when the road turns into gravel and turn left at the Emerson Creek Road (marker km 88). The Wild Sculpture Trailhead will be on the left hand side (marker km 59).

GEOCACHING ALONG THE YELLOWHEAD

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Individuals try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices. Geocaches can be found all over the world and their locations can be quite diverse. There are a lot of geocaches in the Edson area and along the Yellowhead corridor – many that can be found quickly from the highway. To find caches in Edson and along Highway 16, visit www.geocaching.com

Visitor Guide Photography The images in the Edson and Area Visitor Guide are primarily supplied by talented local photographers taking images in Edson and Yellowhead County. Attribution is given to each locally produced photograph. Thank you to the following individuals for helping to showcase Edson and Area: Cory Copeland Deanna Sauntry Giles Merriott Jackie Thiessen Julian Buchwald Lana Kirtley Lauren Brown

Lauren Mendoza Madison Sharman Mike Dykstra Mike Stoner-Walker Miriam Kirkham MNK Photograpy Nadine Martyshuk

Nicole Fossheim Pratt Photography Shawn Montreiul Susan Hansen Susan Longmore Travis James Tyler & Carrie Nycz

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

EDSON AND AREA ATVING

The Edson ATV Club is a family orientated, not for profit group that promotes safe, fun and responsible riding on the vast trails in the area. The trails in the area span a wide range of terrains that can please the novice rider to someone with an advanced skill set. The club operates with a volunteer workforce for trail maintenance and funds from memberships, local donations and fund raising events. There are several areas that offer opportunities for day rides or longer duration stays. The Swanson area is only 20 km west on Highway 16 and offers diverse riding conditions; there is access across the Sundance Provincial Park via the freshly completed Ruperts Crossing which has opened up many more trails for use. Another area that the Edson ATV Club stewards is the South Esk trail, located approximately 120 km South of Edson and can be staged from Grave Flats. As always, the Edson ATV Club would encourage you to support the clubs where you ride, treat our trails with respect, pack out what you pack in and most of all have fun while being safe. For more information email info@ edsonatvclub.com or find the Edson ATV Club on Facebook.

Demo & Mudbog

The Edson Custom Cruisers annual Show & Shine in RCMP Centennial Park draws incredible vehicles from all over Alberta! More than 125 machines were spread over Centennial park in 2018 and the club is expecting even more in 2019. Mark August 17, 2019 on your calendars!

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Photo by Madison Sharman

CARS, CARS, CARS Get revved up for the annual Edson Hillbilly Demolition Derby and Mudbog! This yearly, family friendly event features full size car, mini and pick up truck demolitions, tough truck competition and of course the mudbog, which covers different classes of boggers. The demolition derby delivers bone crunching action that spectators have come to expect - participants always have a great time and they never leave empty handed as a number of prizes are up for grabs. In addition to cash prizes, drivers can vie for the many coveted trophies including Most Aggressive, Most Sportsmanlike and the Hard Luck Trophy, to name a few. The Mudboggers also entertain crowds with mud-spraying speed and compete against one another for trophies and prizes. The two-day demo and mudbog attracts more than 100 participants each year from across the province (and even outside of Alberta!). This September Long Weekend event is a great place for family-friendly fun in the mud! Keep up to date or for more info visit their Facebook page at ‘Edson Hillbilly Demolition Derby.’ For mudbogger info contact Amanda at 780-728-3553 and for demo info contact Dave at 780-712-6591.

Edson Custom Cruisers Show & Shine

Photos by MNK Photography


Top 3 picnic spots in yellowhead county

Cardinal Divide Viewpoint

Photo by Nicole Fossheim

LAKES AND RIVERS The mighty McLeod River is the perfect spot to launch your canoe or kayak, go fishing or enjoy a day float. Be aware that water levels are constantly changing and the river can be hazardous - even in usually calm spots. There are many different spots to jump in or out of the river. Local favourites include; Willmore Park, Highway 16 bridge and the old Rosevear Ferry site. Don’t forget to make arrangements to be picked up after your trip! If you are looking for a lake day there are several opportunities in the Edson area. Ideal for families, Bear Lake features a campground, playground, beach, boat launch, dock and concession. Close to town you will find Millers Lake with a boat launch and day-use area. Other lakes to visit in the area include Shiningbank Lake and Long Lake.

Photo by Miriam Kirkham

At an elevation of 1,981 metres the Cardinal Divide marks the division between the Athabasca and North Saskatchewan Rivers.

AREA HIKING RECOMMENDATIONS Family Friendly - Willmore Park Willmore has several hiking trails, ranging from 1.5km to 5km in length. View page 41 for more details. Located 6km SW of Edson.

Off the Beaten Path - Wild Sculpture Trail Be warned, there is no cell service in this neck of the woods! It is approximately 2km to the Hoodoo’s, but the trail continues on for a total of 9km one way with opportunities for overnighting in the park. Follow Edson Drive north, which turns into Highway 748 North. Continue on when the road turns into gravel and turn left at Emerson Creek Road (marker km 88). Trailhead will be on the left, 63km from Edson.

Overnight Adventure - Fiddle Pass Ready to get acquainted with the Alberta wilderness? This is the perfect overnighter for experienced hikers, taking you to the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park. Don’t forget to purchase a wilderness pass for this hike. 40km one way from Cadomin to Miette Hot Springs. Head west out of Edson, taking Highway 47 (which turns into Highway 40). Trailhead is in Whitehorse Creek Provincial Recreation Area, about 6km SW of Cadomin.

Photo by Tyler and Carrie Nycz

Rosevear Ferry Site 2015 marked the end of an era when the Rosevear Ferry stopped operations in the McLeod River. Relive old memories at the old ferry site. This is also a great canoe launch.

Emerson Lakes

Located in Sundance Provincial Park, Emerson Lakes is a grouping of five beautiful lakes. This family-friendly day-use area features a dock, picnic tables and firepits. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Welcome to our

WINTER WONDERLAND

Photo by Lauren Brown

Alberta winters may be cold, but that doesn’t stop residents from getting outside to enjoy it. Experience cross-country skiing, ice skating, hockey, snowmobiling, ice fishing, tobogganing and more, right in our backyard. 48

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Cross Country Skiing Offering excellent cross-country skiing through beautiful rolling foothills forest, the Hornbeck Cross Country Skiing Forest Recreation Area is located 15 kilometres Northwest of Edson. The Hornbeck Area is a legally designated Forest Recreation Area reserved for non-motorized recreation under the Alberta Forests Act. Volunteers of the Edson Muskeg Flyers Nordic Ski Club maintain the trails and facilities, with support contributed by industry, municipalities, and individuals in the district. The 30 kilometres of trails in the Hornbeck Area are groomed for both skating and classical skiing. There are trails for novice and intermediate skiers. The staging area provides a warm-up shelter with a wood stove, picnic tables, pit toilets, and a parking lot.

How to get to hornbeck: With 30 kilometres of trails, Hornbeck Forest Recreation Area is perfect for cross-country skiers of all abilities.

• Head west on Highway 16 from Edson about 6 km to Range Road 183, at the Branch Corner. There will be a blue sign with white lettering saying ‘Hornbeck Forest Recreation Area’ with a cross country skier on it. • Go north (right) on Range Road 183 (it’s paved) for about 6 km, to where it ends at a T-intersection. • Go west (left) on Township Road 534 (gravel), following the cross country skier sign, for about 1.5 km, to its end at a T-intersection. • Go north (right) on Range Road 184 (gravel), following the cross country skier sign, for about 1 km. The Hornbeck Trails parking lot is on your left.

• Family oriented, non-profit club •A  ctively preserving & maintaining sled trails in and around the Edson area • Yearly Poker Rally •M  aking our trail system safe and enjoyable for people of all ages to enjoy! Contact the Edson Sno-seekers via email - edsonsnoseekers@gmail.com For more information about the Sno-Seekers, see Page 50.

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SNOWMOBILING A nonprofit, family oriented club, the Edson Sno-Seekers have existed informally since 1969, and officially registered in 1986.

Sno-Seeker volunteers maintain signed, groomed trails from Edson north to Silver Summit, west to the Little Sundance Staging Area and south to Robb. There is a warm-up shelter between Edson and Silver Summit, and at Tom Hill Tower where the trail connects to the Whitecourt trail system (Golden Triangle). They also have a warm up shelter about 55 km on the Robb Trail at Schwartz Creek. The Edson Sno-Seekers are members of the Alberta Snowmobile Association and promote safe snowmobile riding in Edson and Area. For more information contact the group by email at edsonsnoseekers@gmail.com

Staging Area Directions

Provided by the Edson Sno-Seekers

Edson Golf Course Road - located 0.5km east of Edson on Highway 16, turn south for 1km to parking lot. Lovett River Staging Area - 8km west of Edson on Highway 16, turn south on Highway 47 towards Robb (turns into Highway 40) for 80km, which will turn into Highway 40. Sundance Staging Area - 16km west of Edson on Highway 16, 4km north on Swanson Rd. (RR 192) Edson Staging Area - Approximately 2km west on TWP 534 from the Hwy 748N - 748E Junction, turn right at RR 174.

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Edson Sno-Seekers Snowmobile Club has created trail maps of the north and south trails. You can find a copy of these maps at Edson’s Travel Centre (223-55th Street)

There are several opportunities for ice fishing in the area. Always remember to check ice thickness before walking or driving on. If you’re lucky, you might just catch one of the fish found swimming in Alberta lakes in the winter: lake and bull trout, walleye, northern pike, perch and arctic grayling. Check page 40 for lake directions and species.


& MORE Hockey/Skating Edson has two outdoor arenas — one in Glenwood Park, 463 - 72 Street and one in Griffiths Park (behind the Boys and Girls Club) at 5414 - 6 Avenue. Both arenas have full boards with lights (on until 10:30 pm) and are maintained by the Town of Edson. Repsol Place has two indoor arenas for hockey and public skating from September to April. The arenas are home to minor hockey teams, ladies recreational hockey, men’s hockey league and oldtimers hockey.

Snow Shoe Rentals

The arenas are also home to an active figure skating club. Public skating and shinny are regularly scheduled. For more information visit www.edson.ca

Want to try something new? Visit Repsol Place to rent a pair of snow shoes for the weekend and hit up one of the many trails in the area.

Edson Curling Club The Edson Curling Club has hosted Men’s, Ladies’, Recreation and Junior leagues and is a great place to learn the sport, meet new friends or just watch the action. The Edson Curling Club is a member of the Canadian Curling Association. Currently, the Club’s 2019/20 season is subject to change as there is no curling rink in Edson. Don’t let that stop you from taking part in this wonderful winter sport: There are more rink options nearby in Yellowhead County: Peers Multiplex - email peersbookingagent@gmail. com for booking information. Robb Multiplex - contact the curling club directly for more information at 780-794-3852.

Tobogganing This timeless winter activity is great for families with kids, or those that want to feel like a kid again! Edson has no shortage of hills to ride down. Don’t forget your helmet! Perfect for beginners, there is a small hill at Vanier Community Catholic School 831-56 Street. Visit after school hours or on weekends. Willmore Park not only has a great tobogganing hill, but is a great place for winter activities from snow shoeing to cross country skiing. Kinsmen Park is located in town across from the Public Library (4740-7th Ave) and is very popular for families year-round. Edson and Area Visitor Guide 2019/20

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Discover the Coal Branch

In 1936, the people of Luscar, Cadomin, and Mountain Park owned 100 vehicles but only had 17 miles of road to drive on.

Photo by Lauren Brown

Coal Branch Highway

Hwy 16

The Coal Branch Railway is now a chain of abandoned mining towns along the eastern slopes of the central Canadian Rocky Mountains and was once an important part of Alberta’s coal industry. Once the Branch was famous for its guarantee of work and overall prosperity. However, technological advancement outdated the collieries and many of the once prosperous towns are now abandoned. The railway was a link from Bickerdike (seven miles west of Edson) to the coal mining towns of the Rockies. S off Highway 16 onto Highway 40

Edson Hwy 47

Hinton

Robb Mercoal

Mountain Park Mountain Park used to be a thriving village of more than 1,000 people but now is a ghost town. Nothing remains of the town but faint traces of buildings and a cemetery — the highest altitude cemetery in the Commonwealth — that is tended by previous residents of the town.

Luscar

Coalspur

Cadomin Lovett*

The Cardinal Divide The Cardinal Divide, that can be access via the Coal Branch Highway just past Cadomin, is on the eastern border of Jasper National Park. The Cardinal Divide spans the continental divide; one side drains to the Arctic Ocean and the other to the Hudson’s Bay. The Cardinal Divide viewpoint is a day use area with hiking trails that showcase much of the unique wildlife and wildflowers in the area, providing for a truly pleasurable alpine view. Please be aware that only hiking on foot is allowed past the parking lot - horses, ATVs and mountain bikes are prohibited.

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yellowhead County

Things to do in yellowhead County! 1. Visit one of the many local, provincial or national parks in our area.

5. Hop on your mountain bike to try some of the great trails.

3. Stop in at one (or all) of the museums from Evansburg to Hinton.

7. Hike the Hoodoos in Sundance Provincial Park.

2. Guided horse-back tours in the Rockies and foothills.

4. Go tubing in the Pembina, Mcleod or Athabasca River.

6. Relax at any of the family friendly beaches and campgrounds. 8. Check out the historical Coal Branch and Cardinal Divide.

www.VisitYellowhead.ca

For tips on how to enjoy the wilderness responsibly, please visit @SaskyDaSasquatch on Facebook.

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