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Rural Strathcona County

Cultural Heritage Village, or Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Recreation Area with over 170 km of summer and winter multiuse trails. Mark your calendar for the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival on February 7-9, 2020.


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS There are eight rural Hamlets throughout Strathcona County including Antler Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg, Collingwood Cove, Ardrossan, Half Moon Lake, North Cooking Lake, and South Cooking Lake. You’re never too far away from urban amenities while feeling at home amidst the beautiful parkland, lakes and wilderness throughout the county. A great event for the whole family to attend is Ardrossan’s Old Fashioned Picnic & Parade on June 15. Stop at South Cooking Lake for Trail Days on August 16, and Christmas in the Country markets and family activities on December 1 across the southern part of Strathcona County.

Photo Contest Submission Trail at Strathcona Wildnerness Centre by Karen South

Bremner House, a designated historic resource that’s over 100 years old, is located north of Highway 16 on RR 225. It is the site of the annual Strathcona Vintage Tractor Pull on August 24 & 25 with over 100 vintage tractors. The house is open to the public annually for this event, and during Christmas in the Heartland on November 23 & 24. Brookville Community Hall, located on Highway 16, is the site of many activities including pyrogy suppers, dinner and live performances, garage sales, and more.

OUTDOORS The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is a four-season outdoor adventure centre, located 16 km east of Sherwood Park and open daily year round. Go yurt camping at Elk Island Retreat, stay in an oTentik at Elk Island National Park, or enjoy RV and tent camping at lakeside campgrounds in the County. Swing your clubs at the six golf courses in the County. The UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve includes a large portion of Strathcona County. Learn more about the Biosphere when you have a picnic or take a hike on the new Beaver Hills Biodiversity Interpretive Trail (see ad page 1.) Take your pick of major outdoor attractions: Elk Island National Park, the Ukrainian


The central portion of Strathcona County includes the beauty, the wildlife, and the trails in the Sherwood Park Natural Area, off of Range Road 231. Located at the southeast corner of the County is the Ministik Bird Sanctuary which protects many threatened species of birds and wildlife. The Bird Sanctuary is also a destination for snowmobilers where the TriCounty snowmobile club grooms and maintains over 50 km of trails.

The small hamlet of Josephburg, located north of Highway 16 on Highway 830, is a friendly agricultural community near Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, offering many community events hosted throughout the year by the Josephburg Agricultural Society (JAS). JAS produces the County’s largest livestock event, the Country Classic, with Horse and Beef shows that see more than 100 youth and their families attend from all over western Canada to learn and compete. JAS also hosts a popular dinner concert series called Josephburg Presents. Recording artists and performers grace the stage of the Moyer Recreation Centre over the winter months to sellout crowds, who enjoy a dinner along with the show. Christmas in the Heartland is the community’s welcome to winter, taking place on the last Saturday and Sunday of November. With eight unique venues steeped in tradition, this driving tour celebrates the holidays with festival markets with artisans and crafters, sleigh rides, entertainment, ice carvings, nativity displays, and more family activities at community halls and churches in north Strathcona County.

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