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EVENTS 32 THE COWBOY WAY 1 CALENDAR • Whitecourt

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COME SEE WHY WE LOVE IT! • Whitecourt Street & Trail Map • Woodlands County Recreation and Tourism Map

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FOREST INTERPRETIVE CENTRE & VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Woodlands Rodeo • Fort Assinibione Hamlet Hoedown

ADRENALINE RUSH 34 • Whiteridge MX Park

• ATV Club

LET IT SNOW 36 • Eastlink Park

• Snowmobiling

SCOTT SAFETY 40 CENTRE

HISTORY LESSONS 41 IN THE SKY 10 • Airshow • Town of Whitecourt ECHOES OF 12 THE PAST

• Fort Assiniboine

FLYING HIGH 42 • Whitecourt Airport

• Northern Air • COPA

CREATIVE SPIRIT 14 BACK TO NATURE • Arts in the Park 44 • Hard Luck Canyon • National Aborginal Day LET’S PARTY 16 • Party In The Park

18 • Canada Day

CELEBRATE

• Geocaching • E.S. Huestis Demonstration Forest

HUNTING & FISHING 48 • Fishing Locations in

Woodlands County

GOING THE ANIMAL 20 50 DISTANCE ENCOUNTERS

• Run 4 Fun • Big Bang Mud Run

IN THE PARK 22 • Rotary Park FUN FOR ALL 24 • Allan & Jean Millar Centre ON THE LINKS 26 • Whitecourt Golf and Country Club

BE OUR GUEST 52 • Accommodation Listings FOR ALL TASTES 54 • Restaurant Listings SLEEP UNDER 56 THE STARS

• Carson Pegasus Provincial Park • Campsite Listings

SKATEBOARDING 27 THINKING OF • Skateboard Park 61 MOVING HERE • Educational Services FAMILY FUN 28 & Church Services • Blue Ridge

4732 50 Ave. Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N7 Tel: 780-778-3977 Fax: 780-778-6459 Email: wcstar.general@sunmedia.ca Website: www.whitecourtstar.com

Publisher: Pamela Allain Design: Sarah Myers Editorial: Advertising Sales: Linda Bryson, Kaitlin Partington

Published & Designed by: Whitecourt Star, April 2017 © Copyright Whitecourt Star, Sun Media Corp.

ON THE RIVER 30 • Where the Rivers Meet

• Annual Jet Boat Races • Tubing on the McLeod River

• Arts & Culture • Recreational Activities


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MAY

35TH ANNUAL WHITECOURT & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRADE FAIR MAY 12 - 14

Scott Safety Centre Whitecourt Curling Club

WHITECOURT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB SPRING OPEN MAY 13 - 14

WHITECOURT CHILDRENS FESTIVAL

Amusements Street Fair. Shop our local businesses and take in the midway and food at the same time.

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

Whitecourt Golf & Country Club

MAY 26 - 27

Allan & Jean Millar Centre Scott Safety Centre Whitecourt Curling Club

JUNE RUN 4 FUN JUNE 3

TBA Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 whitecourt.ca 5K/10K & Kids Marathon

ATV TRIPLE CROWN JUNE 3 - 4

Whiteridge MX Park

SENIORS WEEK JUNE 5 - 11

TBA Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 whitecourt.ca

WEST COAST AMUSEMENTS STREET FAIR JUNE 5 - 6

Downtown Whitecourt Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce 780-778-5363 whitecourtchamber.com

THE SPRING SHOP HOP A SHOP JUNE 5 - 6

Downtown Whitecourt Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce 780-778-5363 whitecourtchamber.com A shop-local promotion & sidewalk sale take place during the West Coast

JUNE 21

SPRING BOAT RALLY

Whitecourt Rotary Park Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 Courtney Milford

Riverboat Park Troy Hittel 780-779-3162

ATHABASCA VOYAGEURS ON SHORE CELEBRATIONS

JUNE 10

PARTY IN THE PARK JUNE 16 - 17

Whitecourt Rotary Park Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 Courtney Milford

ARTS IN THE PARK JUNE 17

1:00 - 5:00 pm Whitecourt Rotary Park Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 Courtney Milford

JUNE 28

Fort Assiniboine woodlands.ab.ca

WHITECOURT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB JUNIOR OPEN JUNE 28

Whitecourt Golf & Country Club 780-778-3531

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JULY

WHITECOURT & DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY RODEO JULY 7 - 9

Westward Community Centre Rodeo Grounds Whitecourt & District Ag. Society 780-779-4343 whitecourtag.ca

WHITECOURT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB LADIES OPEN JULY 8

Whitecourt Golf & Country Club 780-778-3531

RELAY FOR LIFE JULY 8

Rotary Park Noon to Midnight whitecourtrelayforlife@cancer.ab.ca 780-437-8419

ARTS IN THE PARK JULY 19

WHITECOURT’S CANADA DAY PARADE JULY 1

WHITECOURT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB CASH SCRAMBLE JULY 1-2

Downtown Whitecourt Communityu Driven Elaine McDermid july1parade@gmail.com

5:00 -8:00 pm Whitecourt Rotary Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 Courtney Milford

Whitecourt Golf & Country Club 780-778-3531 pro@whitecourtgolf.com

WHITECOURT’S CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS JULY 1

CMRC MX RACE JULY 2 - 3

Whiteridge MX Park

Whitecourt Rotary Park & Seniors Circle Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637 www.whitecourt.ca

Check out the Allan & Jean Millar Centre for a day of family fun. Our Alliance Pipeline Aquatics Centre and ATB Financial Fieldhouse offer activities for the entire family. Visit the fully equipped A.S.A.P. Heating & Well Servicing Fitness Centre. Must be 16+ FACILITY HOURS: 58 Sunset Boulevard Monday to Friday 5:30am-10:00pm 780-778-3637 ext. 0 Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm www.whitecourt.ca

Visit us on 2

at Allan & Jean Millar Centre or search #mywhitecourtlife.

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WHITECOURT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB MEN’S OPEN JULY 22 - 23

Whitecourt Golf & Country Club 780-778-3531

BLUE RIDGE FAMILY FUN DAY JULY 22

Blue Ridge More information can be found at woodlands.ab.ca

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

FALL FESTIVAL TBA

Downtown Whitecourt Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce 780-778-5363 whitecourtchamber.com A shop-local promotion & sidewalk sale that also features local musicians, games, bouncy castles and more. Free to attend with activities for all ages.

BLUE RIDGE LOGGING DAYS SEPTEMBER 22 - 24

Throughout Blue Ridge (30km from Whitecourt) loggingdays.com

TBA Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce 780-778-5363 whitecourtchamber.com

NOVEMBER CHRSITMAS TREE LIGHT-UP TBA

Town Office Whitecourt Food Bank 780-778-2341

SANTA CLAUS PARADE TBA

Downtown Whitecourt Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce 780-778-5363 whitecourtchamber.com

CARLAN CUP WESTERN CANADA ZONE JET BOAT RACES AUGUST 12 - 13 Riverboat Park 780-779-3162

CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS TBA

FORT ASSINIBOINE HAMLET HOEDOWN & WILDROSE RODEO

Legion Hall Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce 780-778-5363 whitecourtchamber.com

AUGUST 18 - 20

Fort Assiniboine Fort Assiniboine Agricultural Society 780-584-2100

JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM NOVEMBER 18-19, 25-26

ARTS IN THE PARK AUGUST 23

5:00 -9:00 pm Whitecourt Rotary Park Allan & Jean Millar Centre 780-778-3637

BIG BANG MUD RUN

SUMMER BOAT RALLY

TERRY FOX RUN

Riverboat Park 780-779-3162

TBA terryfox.org

AUGUST 26

SEPTEMBER 16

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Fort Assiniboine Fort Assiniboine & Friends Christian Community Tours of “Bethlehem” start from the Fort Assiniboine Catholic Church & end with refreshments at the Friendship Centre

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Parks, Campgrounds and Day Use Areas 1 2 3 4 5

Community Halls 1 2 3 4 5 6

Westward Community Centre Anselmo Community Centre Blue Ridge Community Hall Goose Lake Community Hall Topland Community Hall Fort Assiniboine Legion

Off-Highway Vehicle Areas 1 2 3 4

Eagle River Snowmobile Staging Area Whiteridge MX Park Timeu Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Goat Creek Snowmoblie Staging Area

E.S. Huestis Demonstration Forest Eagle River Casino Whitecourt Airport Forest Interpretive Centre Fort Assiniboine Museum World’s Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick

Lookout Points 1 Athabasca River Lookout

Recreation Areas 1 Tubing Access (Start) 2 Tubing Take Out (Finish) 3 Allan & Jean Millar Centre 4 Eastlink Park

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Forest Interpretive Centre & Visitor Centre If you are travelling through the area, one of your first stops should be the Forest Interpretive Centre. Why? It’s where you will find the visitor information centre. Located at the eastern edge of Whitecourt just off of Highway 43, the Forest Interpretive Centre can meet many needs for travelers. First and foremost, it’s where you will learn all about the numerous activities, ammenities and tourist attractions Whitecourt and Woodlands County offers.

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The Forest Interpretive Centre is a great place to stop and stretch your legs. There are walking trails throughout the area and even a playground for the kids. Not to mention the centre is equipped with indoor public washrooms. If you need a longer break, the staff at the Centre can take you on a tour of the Heritage Park buildings. You can also wonder through the indoor multi-media museum gallery and view the meteorite display.

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Want to see more in Whitecourt? No problem. The staff at the visitor information centre can answer all your questions and help guide you in the right direction. Brochures and pamphlets of the area are available, as well as various maps of Whitecourt and Woodlands County. The Forest Interpretive Centre also houses public washrooms, a 76-seat auditorium/ multi-purpose room and a small 10-12 seat meeting room all with state of the art audio/ visual equipment.


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New events and attractions are drawing visitors to the area all the time. This tourism guide gives you a quick look at what you can do in the area. There are events for all seasons. Here are a few not highlighted in this publication but that are still deserving of a mention:

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INDUSTRY TOURS During the summer months, if you really want to learn more about the forest industry, you can book a tour of two local facilities. The Alberta Newsprint Company, Miller Western and Whitecourt Power offer tours of their facilities.

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Before being named Whitecourt, the community was known by several different names, one being “Sagitawah” which means “meeting of the waters” in Cree. Whitecourt is literally located at the junction of the Athabasca and McLeod Rivers. Where two rivers meet is considered by Aboriginal people to be a sacred meeting point.

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was the year the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway cut a wagon route to Whitecourt, as part of a plan to build a railway from Edmonton to the Peace River country. Early settlers either worked on the railway or homesteaded, trapped or traded furs. The first ones originated from Britain, the United States, Germany, Sweden and other parts of Canada. The railway route spurred settlement with the Whitecourt area being considered a good location for a town on the railway line. The first industries in the area were logging and trapping.

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There is no shortage of history to learn about Whitecourt and the area. The best place to stop is Whitecourt’s Heritage Park. It is located at the Forest Interpretive Centre. Outside, you can tour buildings (during the summer months) that tell a story of how people of years past lived. Meanwhile, inside the Forest Interpretive Centre is a historical and interactive gallery that further enriches you on the history of Whitecourt and area.

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(Located in the Forest Interpretive Centre off Highway 43)

780-778-3433 1-800-313-7383 in 1921. Having the railway increased the importance of the timber industry. The forestry industry remains a vibrant part of the local economy to this day.

In 1910, the name Whitecourt was chosen in response to population growth and the establishment of the post office. Settlers continued to arrive, awaiting the construction of the railway. The rail line was delayed, first by an economic downturn, and then by World War I.

The oil boom reached Whitecourt in the 1950s when Canadian Fina Oil bought the West Whitecourt block. In 1954, Windfall Field was discovered and started a boom for the area. In 1962, the West Whitecourt Plant at Windfall was completed. Numerous oil and gas companies have offices in the Whitecourt area today.

In August 1919, work finally began on laying the railway steel to Whitecourt and it was completed

The community was incorporated as a village in 1959 and became a town in 1961.

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HISTORY LESSONS

OTHER FACTS: WHITECOURT POPULATION:

10,204

(2016 FEDERAL CENSUS)

WOODLANDS COUNTY POPULATION:

4,754

(2016 FEDERAL CENSUS UP 10% FROM 2011)

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ANNUAL SNOWFALL:

174 CM

HOURS OF SUNSHINE A YEAR:

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Fort Assiniboine WAGON WHEEL Perhaps one of the best photo opportunities in Woodlands County is the World’s Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick. Located in the hamlet of Fort Assiniboine, the grand wagon wheel stands an impressive seven metres high, while the pick reaches just over six metres.

MUSEUM During the Hudson Bay era, Fort Assiniboine was used as a supply and transportation point. It is also the second-oldest fort in Alberta and the first documented fur-trading site.

More information about the area can be found just a few steps away from the wagon wheel at the Fort Assiniboine Museum. The museum is a historical building and houses artifacts that tell the story of how people lived in the area decades ago. The museum building is a replica of the Hudson Bay-style buildings. If you pack yourself a lunch you can relax on the covered deck that overlooks the Athabasca River (see photo below).

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FERRY Have you ever been on a ferry? Just outside of Fort Assiniboine is the Klondyke Ferry - only one of seven still remaining in the province. The ferry connects Highway 661 over the Athabasca River. Built in 1983, the free-cable ferry can carry 13 mid-sized cards and 50 passengers over the 230-metre crossing. Ferry operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily from early May to November 14 at noon.


ECHOES OF THE PAST BETHLEHEM Every year, hundreds of people visit Fort Assiniboine for an annual Christmas tradition, “Journey to Bethlehem.” The tradition was started in 1998 by the Fort Assiniboine Friends Christian Community and takes visitors on a non-denominational 20 minute interactive play through the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for the census, and understand what Mary and Joseph experienced more than 2,000 years ago. Visitors will encounter soldiers, beggars, shepherds, and a prophet on their way to see the stable where Jesus is born.

World’s Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick

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While in the area, take time to walk through the trails at the Fort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland Provincial Park. If you have your own horse it is a perfect place for a trail ride.

In the heart of the county lies an intriguing tourist attraction: a garter snake pit. The pit is located beside the museum on Main Street. The snake pit is a fenced in area where the snakes breed at specific times throughout the year. The pit holds hundreds of snakes. Don’t worry, the snakes won’t hurt you. Informational signs at the site will give you information all about the species and breeds of the snakes. The attraction is free.

While ATV riding is not allowed in the park, directly across from it is a campground with sand dunes for the off-highway vehicle enthusiast. This site is located just a few kilometres from the Klondyke Ferry.

CAMPING There are numerous camping locations in the Fort Assiniboine area. One such campground offers up a bit of adrenaline with your stay - if you so choose. The Woodlands RV Park and Marina offers visitors the chance to take a jet boat ride down the Athabasca River. To book your ride call 780-584-2222 or email woodlandsrvpark@gmail.com.

The walk-through nativity story starts at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Main Street in Fort Assiniboine and ends at the Friendship Centre or museum. The event runs from 6:30pm - 8:30 p.m. on November 18-19 & 25-26. Music and entertainment is featured at the Catholic Church, with refreshments hosted at the Friendship Centre. As the nativity walk-through is held entirely outdoors, proper winter attire is recommended.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR November 18 -19, 2017 November 25 - 26, 2017

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CREATIVE SPIRT

Artisans Market

National Aborginal Day

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At the Artisans Market meet the potters, jewelry makers and more who create the one-of-a-kind items for sale. Sit and enjoy an afternoon or evening of music from area musicians and bands. Activities and games are also in store for kids as well as a

Events will take place June 17, July 19 and August 23, when the movie will be shown at about 9 p.m. All events are weather permitting.

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Arts in the Park showcases local talent and highlights the creative side of our vibrant community. Throughout the summer, one day a month the Arts in the Park event is held at Rotary Park.

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In Whitecourt, we do a lot of things in the park including showcasing art in all forms.

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Town of

Mayerthorpe Located 45 kms south-east of Whitecourt, surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, steeped in rich agricultural history, and bustling with friendly businesses and engaging recreational activities – this town truly is ‘Everybody’s Community’. Mayerthorpe is proud of its community. But don’t just take our word for it - stop by and see for yourself. While in town check out the Fallen Four Memorial Park, the Cowboy Trail Storyboard located along Highway 22 or our outdoor swimming pool and waterslide open June 1 – August 31.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR ANNUAL EVENTS! Rodeo

May 19 – 21

Rangeton Farmer’s Day Music Festival June 9 – 11

Remembering Service (Cemetery)

May 23

4-H Beef Show & Sale

Senior’s Weeks Activities

June 5

June 5 - 18

County Cruisers Show & Shine

Canada Day Celebrations

August 12 – 13

Spring Clean – Up (One Day Only)

June 17

Culture Day September 30

September 10

@MyMayerthorpe

Agriculture Fair

July 1

Kin Club Christmas Market

Christmas Lite-Up December 1

November 18

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Party in the Park

organizing committee has decided to hold the event on June 16 and 17 for 2017. The party attracts thousands of people every year.

Party in the Park 2017 Party in the Park is a two-day family event held at Rotary Park. There are a wide range of events including: • interactive inflatable carnival • mechanical bull • face painting • balloon art • local musical entertainment

Every year since the event started in 2007, it has grown in scope. For example, last year children were able to meet some of their favourite princesses. For the past 10 years, the event was held on the Labour Day weekend in September. Mother Nature didn’t always play nice so the

Each year, various artists grace the stage at Party in the Park. To find out who is playing this year, stay tuned to whitecourtwoodlandstourism.com. In past years, music lovers have been able to see (just to name a few): • Bif Naked • The Trews • Streetheart • Glorious Sons • Aaron Lines

• George Canyon • Platinum Blond • One Bad Son • Trooper

• Large selection of tires • Mechanical services • Knowledgeable and courteous staff • Locally owned and operated

OPEN: 8AM-5PM MONDAY-FRIDAY

Whitecourt 3735 Caxton Street 780.778.6367 ALBERTA NEWSPRINT COMPANY

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LET’S PARTY

World of Whitecourt

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Canada Day 2017

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Make sure the entire family brings their swim suit so they can enjoy the splash park and river slides that are located at the park. Bring an inflatable raft and float around on the pond. Play a game of ultimate frisbee or soccer with friends and family. Or join a game of sand volleyball.

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One the pancakes have settled, your next stop will be Rotary Park where you can set up camp for the rest of the day. The park becomes a behive of activity. It truly is a family-friendly event. For the kids there is face painting, an inflated bouncy castle, games and a craft tent.

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Every year, Whitecourt hosts an all-day celebration free for families to enjoy while celebrating the birth of our country.


Beaver Creek General Store

No Trip To Whitecourt Is Complete Without a visit to Beaver Creek General Store. Located in the heart of downtown, Beaver Creek is one of Whitecourt’s most popular tourist attractions. The store features many unique items, such as gifts, souvenirs, gourmet foods, coffee and tea, kitchen gadgets, body and bath products as well as beer and wine making supplies. During the summer months, you will see many people enjoying gourmet ice cream, specialty coffee and tea, or italian sodas, while relaxing on the covered veranda. There is so much to discover inside this old fashioned store, with its wooden floors and unique decor. Venture inside and find homemade fudge and handmade chocolates and truffles. Beaver Creek offers a wide variety of gourmet food products, from spices and dips, to specialty tea and coffee, you’re sure to find a new favourite!

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Beaver Creek something

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For everyone, from a warm Buddy Teddy Bear for the kids, to Harley Davidson Collectibles for Dad, to the coolest kitchen gadget or garden ornament for Mom. Whether you’re looing for a gift for someone special or just treating yourself, Beaver Creek General Store is where you’ll find it! Looking for a new hobby? Become a wine maker or expand your wine making skills with Winexpert wine kits, equipment and supplies, but most importantly advice and ideas. If you’ve been thinking about making your own beer or wine, stop thinking about it and come talk to Conrad and Nancy. They will help you discover the wonderful world of beer and wine making for yourself. Beaver Creek is one of those places where you can lose track of time. Whether it’s a rainy day, or the sun is shining, ensure you stop by and visit Conrad, Nancy and the friendly staff at Beaver Creek General Store.

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The Fallen 4 Marathon

Run 4 Fun Eight years ago, a group of volunteers wanted to turn a tragic event into something that would show support for those who serve and protect us every day. On March 3, 2005 Constables Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston, Brock Myrol and Peter Schiemann were killed near Mayerthorpe in the line of duty. It was the greatest single-day loss in RCMP history. In 2009, the Fallen 4 Marathon was born to remember the officers lost and

support the ones still with us. The Fallen 4 Marathon Society was formed and hosted the event for 6 years. Part of the mandate of the society was to give back to the communities. Over the years, the society was able to donate more than $200,000 back into the community and safety initiatives. From its inception to 2015, the event hosted a marathon from Mayerthorpe to Whitecourt. Constable Gordon was stationed at the Whitecourt detachment at

the time of his death. Both communities felt the loss of that tragic day. It was fitting that the distance between the communities was the exact distance of a marathon. This year, however, the event is going to take on a new form. Instead of the highway marathon from Mayerthorpe to Whitecourt runners can sign up for a 5K or 10K through Whitecourt. And there will still be a marathon but just for the smaller runners. The kids marathon is a popular event that encourages all young children to stay active. After registering for the event, kids will get a tally sheet and must do 40 kilometres of activity - whether it is running, walking or jogging before race day. Then on race day, the kids will get to run the final 2.2 kilometres to complete their marathon.

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Big Bang Mud Run

GOING THE DISTANCE

The Big Bang Mud Run gives residents and visitors to Woodlands County a chance to get up close to the protected site and enjoy the terrain on the way. In addition to bragging rights, the registered participants of the inaugural Big Bang Mud Run also took home a piece of history, as their medals contained part of the meteorite discovered at that site.

Big Bang Mud Run Participating in the Big Bang Mud Run is definitly something you will want to put on your bucket list. The Big Bang Mud Run is the first of its kind in Alberta, and possibly the world, and it happens right here in Woodlands County! Like other mud runs, the terrain is rough, all natural, full of obstacles and, obviously, muddy. What makes the Big Bang different is that the course route runs alongside a meteorite site located 10 kilometers outside of Whitecourt. The run features a choice of a 7km or 11km route around the historic Whitecourt Meteorite Crater impact site. Discovered in 2007 by a local resident, few people have

had the chance to visit this natural wonder due to the remoteness of the area. Who wouldn’t want to compete in a mud run located in an actual meteor crater site? The crater is 36 metres wide and six metres deep, which is small as far as most craters go. At an estimated 1,000 years old, it is also one of the youngest craters in the world. The second-youngest crater in Canada, located in Quebec, is 1.2 million years old.

If you’re wondering if the Big Bang Mud Run is right for you, feedback from participants in past years say the event was “better than expected,” and “very well organized,” but also “much harder than expected.” Other mud runs take place in an open area with level ground and manmade challenges. “Just the terrain itself was a challenge,” stated one participant. “There are inclines and slippery ground that you are trying to power through and it takes everything you’ve got to keep going forward.” The satisfaction on the faces at the finish line, however, is proof that those challenges are worth every ounce of muck and every second of perseverance. Taking place September 16th in 2017, the Big Bang Mud Run will send upwards of 350 participants around the site, but space is limited so register early.

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Rotary Park

Rotary Park

The splash park is suitable for all ages. Built on a rubberized concrete play surface, the splash park has three different play zones.

Rotary Park was named one of the top 10 family destinations in Alberta last year. It is a hidden gem full of beauty and outdoor activity.

Rotary Park is an ongoing project. Each year, new features are added to the park. Recent additions include a sand volleyball court and an offleash dog park.

Located right in Whitecourt, at the end of 51 Street, north of the fire hall, Rotary Park is perfect for those who enjoy sports, the outdoors, fishing or simply a relaxing day outside with the family, including your furry children.

WHITECOURT RIVER SLIDES & SPLASHPARK One of the park’s major attractions is the river slides and splashpark. The river slides are two man-made slides with a series of pools and drops for tubing with a shallow basin and beach at the end for play.

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• Water activities run from May long weekend to September 30. • May long weekend to end of August the slides operate weather permitting from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. • After September long weekend to the end of September the slides/splashpark will operate weather permitting only on the weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. • The slides/splashpark will open when the outside temperature is 16 degrees Celsius or above, weather permitting. If 16 degrees is not reached by 2:00 p.m. the facilities will not open. • River Slides may be closed occasionally on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon for maintenance.

POND Rotary Park also has a pond, which is stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout each year. Fishing is limited to children under the age of 16 and those accompanied by a minor. Fishing can take place between May and October but Alberta Fishing Guidelines still apply. Bring your own inflatable raft and enjoy a float on the pond while taking in the sights and sounds of summer. In the winter, the pond is cleared for winter skating.

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IN THE PARK dogs, while under the supervision of the owner. Don’t forget to bring your bags!

ALSO ... The park also features picnic areas, indoor washrooms and sports fields. Sand Volleyball drop in night is Tuesday from June –August. Come alone or bring a friend, 7:00-9:00 pm. Visitors can also have a relaxing afternoon in the shade and sit inside the park’s pavilion. Major events that are held at the Park each year include Canada Day activities Arts in the Park and Party in the Park.

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Don’t forget to give your four-legged friend some excitement while on vacation in Whitecourt. Whitecourt has a fully-fenced, off-leash dog park located on the northeast boundary of Rotary Park.

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Fitness Classes

Allan & Jean Millar Centre The Allan & Jean Millar Centre is your one-stop shop for all things fitness and fun. The multiuse facility offers something for everyone. Located right off Highway 43, the centre is a great place to escape a rainy day or to stay on track with your fitness goals.

basketball. Right next to the fieldhouse are two courts for either racketball or squash.

AQUATICS

FIELDHOUSE The fieldhouse is a multi-use sports area that can be used for a variety of sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and other indoor activities. Drop-in sports are hosted throughout the week including: badminton, pickleball, dodgeball, volleyball and

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Family fun awaits at the Alliance Pipeline Aquatic Centre. It houses: 25 metre main pool, toddler pool, hot tub (equipped with big screen television to watch the news while you soak), steam room, classroom for meetings or parties, change rooms (including one for families), lazy river, leisure play pool, lazy river, water slide, wiggle bridge and aqua rock wall.

FITNESS CENTRE For those who want to keep up with their fitness while away from home, visit the fitness centre and running/walking track located on the second floor. There you will find state-of-the-art cardio machines, weight machines, free weights and other essential workout accessories. You can also join a drop-in fitness class! Change rooms are equipped with lockers and showers.

JUST FOR KIDS The Go Active Zone is a play area for children under the age 8. It includes a climbing wall and playground structure. If the adults would rather spend their time having some fun of their own at the centre, there is a child mind service available. Let your children play and enjoy the company of other children while under the supervision of trained staff, while you get a little “me” time in.

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Whitecourt Golf & Country Club It seems fitting that Whitecourt would be home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in Alberta.

featuring a licensed restaurant and lounge, banquet facilities, a complete pro shop, club rental, storage facilities and golf cart rental.

A chipping range, putting green, and driving range are also available to ensure you make it to the tee ready to play.

Nestled among the boreal forests that keep Whitecourt working, the award winning Whitecourt Golf and Country Club also sits along the Athabasca River.

Do you want to improve your drive, lower your handicap or work on tightening up your short game? Lead by head golf pro and course general manager Trevor Commet, WGCC’s team of PGA-certified instructors are on hand to help refine your swing and get you to the green in fewer strokes.

The Whitecourt Golf & Country Club offers a wide variety of tournaments ranging from 30 to 144 players and accommodating all types of formats. Bookings for future tournaments are always welcome.

The 18-hole, par-72 championship course is complemented by a $2.3-million clubhouse

The clubhouse is available to rent for your next function, and has hosted conferences, weddings, meetings, parties and banquets. Contact the booking office for availablity and rates.

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Skateboard Park Visitors can show off their best tricks or watch the accomplished local skaters at the Skateboard Park in Whitecourt.

The circular layout of the park’s features lends itself to the skateboarders travelling in one direction, preventing them from running into each other and getting injured.

Skateboard Park is located on the corner of Highway 43 & Pine Road. Construction of the park was achieved through countless volunteer hours and the donation of materials. It was designed with a circle flow, created by Jim Barnum, Spectrum Skatepark Creations Ltd. President and skateboarder.

The plaza-style design includes many street skateboarding features, something local skaters express great enthusiasm about. The Skatepark includes stairs, rails, hips (two ramps placed together at an angle), and hubbas (ledges running alongside sets of stairs).

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Blue Ridge Hidden gems can often be missed but you won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Blue Ridge area. It might only be a hamlet of 250 people but it won’t seem like it from all you can enjoy there. Blue Ridge is located on Highway 658, just 7 kilometres off of the main Highway 43. It is home to Blue Ridge Lumber - the hamlets main employer.

BLUE RIDGE RECREATION AREA Located in Woodlands County, just 4 kilometres north of the hamlet of Blue Ridge is an ultimate opportunity to connect with nature. What was once a gravel pit is now a recreation area that offers hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

This area is for non-motorized activities only so the only power fueling your activities is your own energy. The Blue Ridge Recreation Area offers 3 kilometres of trails. Fishing enthusiasts will be intrigued to know that the south lake is stocked annually with 2,100 15-20 centimetre long trout from the Cold Lake fishing hatchery and it is now managed as a “quality stocked trout fishery.” The recreation area was named for its close proximity to the vibrant community of Blue Ridge.

SPRAY PARK Looking for a fun way to beat the heat during the summer months? Take a trip to the Berry Nice Spray Park in Blue Ridge. It’s a great afternoon outing for the whole family. You will love the quaint hamlet of Blue Ridge, located just 20 kilometres from Whitecourt, and be charmed by its spray park facility with its 13 splash-ready features. The features are turned on by motion so send the youngsters on a treasure hunt to find it (it’s quite easy to

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find). Parents will enjoy the relaxing outdoor atmosphere of the park, while children marvel at the assortment of enticing waterplay activities.

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Best of all, visiting this park is free, making it an economical way to spend the day. There are now change rooms at the new library close by and kid size and regular sized picnic tables onsite for when you take a break from the water.

FREE! • Scavenger Hunt Nature Game • Prizes Canoes • Drumming Face Painting • Free hotdogs

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The spray park is an ideal location for birthday parties and other group adventures. To make the day even better, a playground park is also located next to the spray park – perfect for children of all ages. * Please note that dogs are not permitted at the spray park site.

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Where the Rivers Meet Two rivers flow through Woodlands County, the Athabasca and the McLeod, and meet at a point where travellers can come and enjoy a beautiful view. The point where the rivers meet is considered to be a sacred spot. The original inhabitants, the Woodland Cree Nation, called Whitecourt “Sagitawah,” which means “meeting of the waters” The mighty Athabasca River originates at the toe of the Columbia Glacier in Jasper National Park. The river flows 1,231 kilometres before draining into the Peace-Athabasca Delta, south of Fort Chipewyan. The gracious and beautiful McLeod River flows northeast down from the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The river begins just outside the western border of Jasper National Park and snakes through the foothills before meeting the Athabasca River.

To stand at the point where these two rivers meet and experience the difference in the strength of current, one must venture to the Riverboat Park. It is located in Whitecourt behind the Sagitawah RV Park off Highway 43. It is here where you can see the line that divides the Athabasca and McLeod Rivers.

retail stores in the area sell various water shoes, tubes, paddles, and ropes to tie you and your fellow tubers together. There is no charge to set sail on the McLeod River. The trip can be anywhere from two-and-ahalf to four hours, depending on the time of year and speed of the current.

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Signs direct tubers to the starting and finishing points. You’ll need two vehicles – one to deliver you to the starting point and one to pick you up at the end of the trip.

There’s nothing better on a hot day than to kick back and relax with some friends while floating down the McLeod River. A local recreational favourite, tubing down the McLeod River is a great way to take in the serene beauty of the area. Not only is tubing a great way to take in the natural beauty of the forest surrounding the river banks and catch an occasional glimpse of wildlife, but it’s economical too. Several

So, grab your tubes, slap on some sunscreen and invite a few friends. Spend your afternoon taking in one of the most relaxing rides of your life. TUBING CHECKLIST • A good-quality tube • Water shoes • Life jacket • A paddle for slow spots • Sunscreen • Rope to tie group tubes together • Two vehicles – one to park at tubing access site and another at a pickup location MCLEOD RIVER CHARACTERISTICS • The McLeod River is a gentle-flowing river with subtle, light rapids • Source elevation – 1,621m (5,318 ft)

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Every year the races take place where the rivers meet at the confluence of the

With five different classes and each class using engines all the way from 350-cubicinches to 570-cubic-inches as well as turbine powered boats, the action starts at speeds anywhere from 100 kilometres per hour, and past 200 km/h. This years races in Whitecourt consist of the Spring Rally on June 10, Carlan Cup on August 12-13 and the Summer Boat Rally August 26.

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Whitecourt Woodlands Rodeo Plan your vacation to the area in July so you can take in the Whitecourt Woodlands Rodeo. Every year, the Whitecourt & District Agricultural Society works hard to make the event bigger and better than the year before. The 2017 rodeo will be no different. Taking place July 7-9, the weekend starts you off

with a pancake breakfast hosted by the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Then the local Chamber of Commerce has a parade throughout downtown scheduled. Immediately following the parade, the Whitecourt Wheels Car Club Show & Shine will be held. The actual rodeo events are hosted at the

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Westward Community Centre, located just 8 minutes East of Whitecourt on Highway 32. A shuttle service from Whitecourt to the rodeo grounds will be provided. Part of the Wildrose Rodeo Association circuit, the competitors will face off in events such as bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, calf roping, bull riding, team roping, Chuckwagon races and barrel racing. A newer event added to the rodeo is wild horse racing. It’s where a bucking horse shoots out of the gate and a team of three participants try to subdue the horse, get a saddle on it and ride it to the finish line. Organizers also include junior events, such as wild pony racing and sheep riding. Sunday morning Cowboy Church is going to be held at the grandstands, where a travelling minister will conduct the service. The Whitecourt Woodlands Rodeo also boasts a midway, Farmers’ Market, beer gardens and a rodeo dance.

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Fort Assiniboine Hamlet Hoedown The Fort Assiniboine Hamlet Hoedown is a highly anticipated event held on the third weekend of August every year. This year’s event will be held August 18-20 at Walsh Park in Fort Assinibione. The weekend long hoedown is sure to please with a variety of great events. Friday starts with a Farmer’s Market, concessions and

beverage tents with the Wildrose Rodeo Association events starting at 5:30 p.m. Once darkness hits, the sky will be lit up with one of the biggest hamlet fireworks ever seen. Saturday’s activities include a free pancake breakfast, parade, bench show, country auction, mini midway, kids corner, bingo and a rodeo supper.

Rodeo action starts again at 5:30 p.m. and is followed by a rodeo dance. You’ll want to get up early to catch the last day of rodeo action as well as the morning cowboy church service and the North Country Junior Rodeo Association finals and awards presentation. The entire weekend is an agricultural and fun experience for the entire family. The organizing committee does an excellent job of showcasing the cultural elements of rural life in Woodlands County.

Fort Assiniboine Rodeo

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Off-Highway Vehicles Woodlands County is known for its scenic beauty and varied terrain perfect for nature lovers of all stripes. It’s also perfect for those who love nature while sitting on top of some high-octane machines. Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use in the region is a common sight at various areas.

SAFETY & RULES When riding in the area, users are asked to: • Be responsible

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• Don’t litter

• Visit woodlands.ab.ca for regulations and county bylaws

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development reminds off-highway vehicle users to properly clean their machines in order to prevent fires. For more information visit srd.alberta.ca. From the largest OHV to the smallest dirt bike, riding offroad vehicles could start a costly wildfire.

TIMEU REC AREA Just northeast of Fort Assiniboine on the north side of Secondary Highway 661 is the Timeu Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, which provides a variety of challenges for ATV enthusiasts. The area is composed of sandhills and intermittent wetlands over a 38 square kilometre area.

WHITECOURT ATV CLUB If you find yourself becoming an enthusiast, think about joining the Whitecourt ATV Club - now in its second year. The Club started with goals of promoting safe ATV use and possibly sanctioning a regional trail system. Find us on Facebook Whitecourt ATV Club.

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ADRENALINE RUSH The WhiteRidge MX track, located five kilometres north of Blue Ridge, opens for the season on the May long weekend. The track is open and ready for daily use. Day passes and memberships are required as well as proper protective gear, which can be purchased at the following businesses:

Adrenaline Power Sports Ltd. 3501-35 St., Whitecourt, AB Tel: 780-778-8500

Blue Ridge Hotel and Restaurant 306 - 3 St., Blue Ridge, AB Tel: 780-648-3914

WHITERIDGE MX PARK Set amidst the northern Alberta forest and nestled near the mighty Athabasca River, the WhiteRidge MX Park consists of nearly 2 kilometres of track with more than 20 obstacles. You are sure to have an awesome ride at this location. Memberships are needed to use the track. The track is allocated for racing MX bikes and ATV’s. Riders will be greeted with an appealing assortment of jumps and table-tops. The track is located approximately 5 kilometres north of Blue Ridge (just off Highway 43 on Secondary Highway 658).

their summer race series in Whitecourt on June 3 & 4. Come see some of Alberta’s best ATV racers rip up the dirt track vying for the top prize in a variety of categories. Visit atvtriplecrown.com for information.

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Returning again this year on July 1 & 2 is the CMRC Motocross races.

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For those wanting to get a taste of organized adrenaline on the dirt track, three sanctioned race events are coming to the WhiteRidge MX park. The Alberta Triple Crown ATV series kicks off

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Snowmobiling in Whitecourt & Woodlands County What better place to snowmobile but in the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta. It’s a title Whitecourt boasts often. Whitecourt was the first town in Western Canada to host an X-Games freestyle snowmobile competition. Woodlands County easily draws in hundreds of snowmobilers every year, especially for the Whitecourt Trailblazers’ Snowmobile Rally.

WHITECOURT TRAILBLAZERS Whitecourt’s title as the “Snowmobile Capital of Alberta,” is in a large part due to the Whitecourt Trailblazers. For more than three decades, the snowmobile club has worked to promote enjoyable snowmobiling in the area. Every Family Day long weekend in February the club hosts its annual snowmobile rally which attracts upwards of 800 snowmobilers each year.

Snowmobile Association, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations and SnoRiders West.

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AWARDS INCLUDE: 1. Favourite Snowmobiling Area in Alberta - Platinum 2. Favourite Snowmobiling area in Western Canada - Silver 3. Favourite Scenic Snowmobiling Area in Alberta - Gold 4. Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta - Platinum 5. Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta - Platinum 6. Favourite Area for family snowmobiling in Alberta - Platinum ALBERTA SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION (ASA) AWARDS INCLUDE: Louise Sherran Achievement Award-Cyril Lanctot Outstanding Youth Award-Bailey Hearn

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THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE The Golden Triangle Trail has helped to establish Whitecourt, Swan Hills, County of Greenview and Fox Creek area as the premier snowmobiling destination in Alberta. It truly is the place for a “golden” sled experience. The roughly 350 kilometre trail system (220 miles) loops through the rugged boreal forests of central Alberta linking the communities of Whitecourt, Fox Creek and Swan Hills. These trails are accessible seven days a week and have multiple access points. The well-marked, open trail passes through some of Alberta’s finest scenery. The variety of terrain


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serves up flat stretches for the speedsters interspersed with enough hills to add some thrills. This trail can provide a challenge for the most experienced rider or a wonderful experience for you and the family. New warm-up facilities have been added to the Eagle River Staging Area, located on Hwy 32N, and Groat Creek Group Campground staging area, located 25kms south on Hwy 32 so sledders can warm their fingers before heading off on the trails. Washrooms are available at both of these locations. The local sledding clubs, Whitecourt Trailblazers, Northland Sno-Goers and the Swan Hills Snow Goers, with the help of Alberta Sustainable Resources Development and the municipalities of Whitecourt, Woodlands County, Fox Creek and Swan Hills have partnered to ensure the Golden Triangle is groomed and that well-marked trails are maintained.

All the clubs have maps of their trails as well as the Golden Triangle.

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www.thegoldentriangle.ca MEDIA RIDE Whitecourt Trailblazers host an annual VIP & Media Ride in January. We encourage anybody to attend. We invite MLAS, MPS, Mayors, Town and County Councillors, Travel Alberta, Alberta Tourism, Alberta Parks and Environment and Media from Alberta. We host a guided tour on our trails with lunch and appetizers being provided by sponsors.

WORLD SNOWMOBILE INVASION In recent years, Whitecourt has been known to be a small community with big potential. Not only did the club host the first-ever

X-Games freestyle snowmobile competition in Western Canada but it also hosted a million-dollar, five-day World Snowmobile Invasion in 2015. The event involved two years of planning in partnership with municipal and provincial governments. The event wracked up more than 7,500 volunteer hours from the 350 volunteers. The invasion was attended by more than 10,000 people - which is the population of Whitecourt itself. During this event a world record was set for having the largest gathering of snowmobiles at the 1047, beating the previous record of 847. A world record was also set for a single rider at the event. During the Octane Addictions freestyle show, Reagan Sieg of Vernon, B.C. jumped his Timbersled snowbike 25 metres (83 feet).

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WINTER COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Scott Safety Centre Whitecourt’s newly-renovated arena boasts two full-sized ice rinks, a skate-sharpening shop, a restaurant and a boardroom. The arena is always buzzing with athletic energy whether it be hockey, ringette, figure skating or just open ice time for everyone.

The building is the home arena of the Whitecourt Wolverines - an Alberta Junior Hockey League Junior A team.

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In the summer the arenas are available to rent for indoor sporting events, conventions and trade shows. Every May the Scott Safety Centre, and the adjacent curling rink, hosts the Whitecourt and District Chamber of Commerce annual Trade Fair, to be held May 12, 13 & 14, 2017. The Scott Safety Centre has also been the location of the town’s children’s festival.

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IN THE SKY

Hometown Heroes Air Show 2018 Known to be one of the best air shows in Alberta, the Hometown Heroes Air Show brings an action-packed weekend for thousands to see. With pyrotechnic displays,

jet fighters and stunt planes, the show has the audience craning their necks up to the sky and sitting at the edge of their seats. All the excitement returns in 2018 with the Air Show.

Hosted at the Whitecourt Airport, just a few kilometres east of Whitecourt on Highway 32, the show provides ample parking on site, as well as food and beverage vendors. A static display is also on site for people to check out a variety of aircraft. The air show has also been known to include a car show, a vendor market and a kids area. Whitecourt has hosted 6 air shows in the past 8 years. Stay tuned for announcements on the next Hometown Heroes Air show.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THEM ONLINE AT hometownheroesairshow.com

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Whitecourt Airport

Whitecourt Airport For our friends who take flight and are looking for a place to get away for the weekend, we can welcome you to our area thanks to our municipal airport.

The local airport also offers fuel sales of AVGAS and Jet Fuel available Monday to Friday. Call out services are available on the weekends as well.

The Whitecourt Airport is located 3.5 nautical miles - or 6.5 kilometres - from Whitecourt along Highway 32. The 5,800 foot paved runway is not only attractive for its length but also because there are no landing fees. The airport has both shortterm and long-term tie down spaces along with aircraft overnight locations.

Inside the terminal, there is a Nav Canada flight service station that provides advisory services from 6 am to 10 pm every day. The terminal also houses a car rental booth, a telephone, restrooms and the aiport manager’s office.

AIRPORT DRAWS AIRPLANES, MILITARY AND HELICOPTERS The Whitecourt Airport is a hub of transportation for personnel in the forestry as well as the oil and gas industry. Most days at least one charter (privately hired) aircraft will arrive and depart with a manifest of passengers and crew. Corporate jets spending the day are also common. These aircraft transport anywhere from 6 to 18 employees at speeds up to 980kph. Due to the long runway and proximity to both the Edmonton and Cold Lake airports, the Whitecourt Airport has played host to a number

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of military aircraft during training exercises. These aircraft range from a Hercules C130 to F18 hornets to Bell 412 helicopters. All of these machines are a spectacle to behold. While medical emergencies are never a positive event, the Whitecourt Airport is a suitable landing location for all of the STARS helicopters, including the newest and largest helicopter the AgustaWestland AW139. Though less frequent than the helicopter medical services, fixed wing medivac flights do also make use of the airfield. We are conveniently located as a suitable refuelling and overnight stop for bush pilots travelling to Alaska. These aircraft typically have 1 or 2 seats and are specially designed for the demanding terrain and the short takeoffs and landings needed to operate in the wilds of Alaska. Our local forestry base employs 3 seasonal staff and can be a home away from home to water bomber crews from across Alberta if the weather is right (or wrong) across Canada. We regularly see single engine Fireboss aircraft as well as the enormous Electra water bombers and their support aircraft.

forest fires in both the search for new fires and dropping water once a fire has been found.

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NORTHERN AIR The Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County were proud to recently welcome Northern Air to the Whitecourt Airport. Northern Air’s direct service provides flights every Tuesday. The primary aircraft used is a Beechcraft Kingair 200 with an 8-seat configuration, with a larger Beechcraft 1900D seating 19 as a secondary aircraft. While the new service was spurred by regional oil and gas operations, the transportation link will provide an important social and leisure link to those who call the area home. It will be quick, convenient, and affordable to those looking for a getaway and will open up international travel opportunities and the flight options available through the Calgary International Airport. Bookings can be made through Northern Air’s toll free number 1-800-661-1911 or on their website, flynorthernair.com

A large part of the activity at the airport is rotary wing or helicopter traffic. With a year-round flight school and 4 other helicopter centric commercial operations based on the field, at times it may seem to be more of a heliport as opposed to an airport. These aircraft support both the oil and gas industry and the forestry industry with regular surveys and patrols. Helicopters are also a staple in the fight against

HIGH FLYING A number of private pilots operate out of our airport. The Canadian Operators and Pilots Association (COPA) chapter 185 is based in Whitecourt. These dedicated individuals act as ambassadors to other private pilots flying through the area. The club now offers the opportunity to learn to fly and earn your pilot’s license. The members of COPA 185 are also dedicated to passing their passion of flying on to the youth in our community with programs such as COPA for Kids. This nationally-recognized program introduces children age 8-17 to the excitement and wonder of flight. Local pilots volunteer their time and aircraft for no reason other than to enjoy a day of flying while bringing smiles to first-time fliers. For more information about COPA 185, check out their website at whitecourtflyingclub.com.

Northern Air Whitecourt Airport Hearing Care Doctors is aCare premier hearing care destination. We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality of Hearing Doctors offers hearing care services by some of the most qualified and experienced professionals in the industry. With state-of-the-art comprehensive hearing tests, equipment, and years of experience, we offer a large selection of services that go beyond any other clinic, including: digital hearing aids, • Tinnitus and dizziness assessments • Auditory Processing • Comprehensive hearing cerumen removal, Monday - Friday, - 5:00pm Disorder Assessment assessments for all age groups Monday -9:00am Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm • Musicians hearing protection www.hearingcaredoctors.ca www.hearingcaredoctors.ca • Cerumen management • Digital hearing aids and vertigo tinnitus management.

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Hard Luck Canyon No matter what motivates you to connect with mother nature, let Hard Luck Canyon inspire you!

Formation, Hard Luck Canyon is a unique geological feature within Woodlands County.

Carved by Hard Luck Creek through the sandstone layers of the Paskapoo

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edge for the best view. The bridge spans the falls, which are fed from a beaver pond that typically overflows in the spring. Venture down the series of stairs and paths to the canyon floor to get a closer look at Hard Luck Creek and the canyon walls.


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E.S. Huestis

The E.S. Huestis Demonstration Forest The E.S. Huestis Demonstration Forest is a great place to walk and stretch your legs, and learn something about this area’s natural resources. The forest is only minutes from Whitecourt, just north of the Highway 43/Highway 32 junction. The site includes a self-guided tour with information kiosks, hiking trails, a tree garden, day-use parking and washroom facilities. The driving or walking tour follows a 7-kilometre road loop, embedded within 10 acres of working forest.

The E.S. Huestis Demonstration Forest was developed as an area focused around the concepts of demonstration and learning. Since 2006, the Huestis Demonstration Forest Partnership has worked hard to renew, repair and revitalize the site. It has added educational signs, kiosks, picnic tables, bear proof garbage cans and new hiking trails. The forest is open during daylight hours, from about mid-May to mid-October. For more information contact Whitecourt’s local Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development office at 780-778-7153.

Geocaching

GEOCACHING Geocaching is a popular activity because it’s easy, fun and free. Participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) or other techniques to hide and seek geocaches anywhere in the world. In Whitecourt and Woodlands County there are several geocaching sites to be found. A typical cache is a small container that holds a log book and treasure, such as a toy or trinket. The idea of geocaching is to find a cache, take something from the cache, leave something in the cache and write about it in the log book. Today, 350,000 geocaches are placed in 220 countries around the world and are registered on various websites. A great place to start is at www.geotourismcanada.com. One never knows what the person before might have left. Since you must leave something in the cache for the next person who finds it, some good ideas for items are maps, books, software, hardware, CDs, videos, pictures, jewelry, tickets, games or antiques.

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For Outdoor Enthusiasts HUNTING Hunting is also a highly enjoyed activity in this neck of the woods. Many a prize animals have been hunted in the area. Hunters must also follow certain requirements before heading out. Different species have different times for allowable hunting with fall being the time when most seasons open. All regulations for hunting are found in the hunting guide available at Big Guy Outdoor Sports, Canadian Tire

and Moose County Petro Canada Station. Hunters can obtain their license at the previously mentioned locations as well. For more information, visit the Alberta Environment and Parks Department website at http://aep.alberta.ca.

FISHING With all of the beautiful bodies of water and large forested areas in the area, it’s no wonder why Woodlands County is such a

popular place for hunting and fishing. One of the popular fishing spots in the area is at Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park, located about 28 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt. Both the Athabasca and McLeod rivers are popular fishing spots as well. Alberta residents under the age of 16 and over 65 need not worry about a fishing license, as it’s not required. But for everybody else, different bodies of water have different regulations, and fishers are required to have a sportfishing license. Season gates, equipment requirements, limits of fish, size of fish and other regulations can be found in the fishing guide, which can be purchased from the following vendors: Moose Country Petro Canada Station, Canadian Tire and Big Guy Outdoor Sports, all located on Highway 43 in Whitecourt. Stocked waterbodies in Whitecourt and are include: • Rotary Park Pond • Emerald Lake • McLeod Lake • Paddle River Dam Pond • Schuman Lake • Dolberg Lake • Trapper Lake • Blue Ridge Recreation Area.

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HUNTING & FISHING GOOSE LAKE: Pike and perch. Located approximately 45 kilometres northeast of Whitecourt. Take Highway 43 and turn north at Cottonwood onto secondary Highway 658. Look for signs to Goose Lake Campground. SCHUMAN LAKE: Rainbow trout. Located next to Goose Lake. RIVERS: The Athabasca and McLeod Rivers as well as their tributaries such as, Sakwatamau and Freeman Rivers as well as numerous creeks such as Windfall, Groat, Oldman Creek, Chickadee Creek, Christmas Creek and other creeks can contain game fish such as Athabasca rainbow trout, grayling, pike, walleye, mountain whitefish and northern pike. THERE ARE ALSO SOME OTHER LOCATIONS WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF WHITECOURT THAT ARE POPULAR FISHING SPOTS SUCH AS:

Fishing Locations in Woodlands County & Area MCLEOD LAKE: Rainbow trout. Go 6.5 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 43 and turn north onto Highway 32 for about 10 kilometres and follow the signs located on the east side of the road. Located in Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park.

LITTLE MCLEOD LAKE: Northern pike, whitefish and perch. Located beside McLeod Lake in Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park EMERALD LAKE: Eastern brook. Located about 3.2 kilometres north of McLeod Lake. No gas motors are allowed. No water sports. Speeds are 12 kilometres maximum on the lake. BLUE RIDGE RECREATION AREA: Stocked with fresh trout each year, Blue Ridge Recreation site is located 30 kilometres from Whitecourt. Take Highway 43 east and turn north at Cottonwood onto Highway 658. The area is two kilometres north of Blue Ridge right before the Athabasca Bridge. Washrooms are available at this site.

LONG LAKE AND SHININGBANK LAKE: Pike, whitefish, perch. Follow Highway 32 South towards Edson and look for appropriate signs. BEAR LAKE: Located south on Highway 32 towards Edson. Watch for appropriate signs. Iosegen Lake: Pike, walleye and whitefish. Located about eight kilometres northeast of Fox Creek. SMOKE LAKE: Pike, walleye and whitefish. Located about 15 kilometres north of Fox Creek, then 8.5 kilometres southwest to the lake. FISH LAKES: Pike and perch. Located near Goose Lake, only accessible by quad. ROACH LAKE: Pike available, located about 30 kilometres east of Swan Hills, only accessible by quad. Review the Alberta Guide to Sport Fishing regulations for current information. Contact a local Fish and Wildlife Officer for additional details.

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Local Wildlife As more Albertans take to the wilderness and communities expand into rural and wooded areas, the possibility of encounters with a cougar, moose or bear continues to increase. Learning about methods to minimize the risk of such encounters is the most important step in helping you and your family enjoy

our landscape safely. To report a public safety concern, promptly contact the closest Fish and Wildlife office near you by calling 3100000 (toll-free) or phone the 24-hour Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. For additional information on bears, cougars

or other wildlife, visit the Alberta Environment and Parks Department’s website at http://aep. alberta.ca/.

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Avoid confrontations with moose by giving them plenty of space. Cow moose can be especially dangerous as they will defend their calves.

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• If a moose charges, get behind something solid like a tree or vehicle and use it as a shield.

BEAR SMART If a bear has spotted you it may stand on its hind legs and swing or elevate its head to pick up your smell. It is trying to identify you. If surprised, it may suddenly wheel around or rise quickly with its ears back and hair erect. This bear has been frightened but is not necessarily aggressive. 50

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Bear spray, only for use if the animal is closing in on you. Aim for a bear’s eyes. This may stop the attack and allow you to escape.

• An air horn, to allow them to avoid you.

left hind

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• A cellphone to call for help if you are treed or otherwise trapped or if you are hurt.

Black Bear

No Hump

Grizzly Bear

Hump

Straight-faced profile

Dish-faced profile

In profile, the rump is the highest point on the black bear; the shoulder hump highest on the grizzly.

COUGAR SMART Cougars are elusive masters of camouflage and typically avoid contact with people. Consequently, cougar sightings and encounters are rare. Encounters between cougars and livestock, pets and people are more likely where human populations have increased in rural and wooded areas. However, a cougar will usually notice your presence and leave before you even realize it is there. IF YOU ENCOUNTER A COUGAR: • Never approach cougars. • Always know where the cougar is and leave space for it to easily escape.

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• A walking stick, for fighting.

Do not run from a bear. You cannot outrun it. In any encounter you should be talking calmly and backing away toward cover, giving the animal time and room to retreat on its own. Grizzlies and black bears can climb trees so this manoeuvre may only have the advantage of causing a bear to feel less threatened. It would be wise for a person to carry four different items in a bush environment in case of encounters with cougars, bears or moose:

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• Face the cougar, avoid eye contact and slowly back away; do not run or play dead. • Stay calm and talk to the cougar in a strong, firm voice. • Make yourself look bigger by holding your arms or an object above your head. If a cougar is aggressive: •

Actions such as shouting, waving a stick, or throwing rocks may help deter an attack; appear as if you are the predator and not the prey.

• If a cougar attacks, fight back! People have survived attacks by using bare fists, sticks, fishing rods, rocks, or anything at hand.

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Days Inn

5406 Caxton St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-779-2399 Fax: 780-779-4399 daysinnwhitecourt.ca • Breakfast • Gym • Internet • Pets allowed • Kitchenettes

East Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Be our Guest Alaska Highway Motel

3515 Caxton St. Whitecourt, AB Tel: 780-778-4156 Fax: 780-778-5921 Bar D6 Country Retreat Hwy 751, TWP 580 Tel: 780-786-2906 shirl@bard6countryretreat.com • Personal Getaways, • Family Vacations • Bed & Breakfast • Honeymoon Weekends • Country Kennels

Blue Ridge Hotel

306-3rd St. Blue Ridge, AB Tel: 780-648-2004 Fax: 780-648-2007

Canada’s Best Value Inn

3415 Caxton St. Whitecourt, AB Tel: 780-778-4844 1-888-416-4844 reservations@whitecourtinn.com • WI-FI • Guest laundry • Restaurant on Site • Meeting Space • Outdoor Plug ins • Satellite Television

Cloud 9 Inn

3559 Caxton St. Whitecourt, AB Tel: 780-778-3133 Fax: 780-778-3764 • Senior & Corporate Rates • Newly Renovated - Hot Breakfast Program • High Speed Wireless Internet • Flat Screen TV’s in room • Complimentary Laundry

Tel: 780-779-8518 • All Day Breakfast menu • Rate 150 per night plus GST • Laundry Facilities • Trail System surrounding property Glenview Motel 3547 Caxton St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-2276 Fax: 780-778-8995 • Cafe

Green Gables Inn

3527 Caxton St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-4537 Fax: 780-778-2510 greengablesinn.ca • Free Continental Breakfast • Corporate & Senior Rates • Wireless Internet

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4721 - 49St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-2512 Fax: 780-778-2516 hiewhitecourt.com • WI-Fi • Free Breakfast • Air Conditioned • Laundry Service

3325 Caxton Street, Whitecourt, Alberta 33 • Free Movies, Continental Breakfast & Wireless Internet • Meeting & Exercise Facilities • Earn Lakeview Perks Points

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Imperial Suites

3331-35 St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-746-6479 Fax: 780-746-6480 • Full Kitchens • Jacuzzi Rooms • Free Wi-fi, Cable TV • Air Conditioning, Fireplaces • Pool The Kanata 3315 33 ST. Whitecourt 1-888-700-2264 • Free WI-FI • Free Hot Continental Breakfast • Kitchenettes • Suites • Fitness Centre

Lakeview Inns & Suites

3325 Caxton St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-706-3349 Fax: 780-706-2242 whitecourt@lakeviewhotels.com • Free WI-FI • Free Breakfast • Air Conditioning • Laundry Service

Linda’s Motor Inn

Hwy 33 Fort Assiniboine Tel: 780-584-3883 Microtel Inn’s & Suites 4915-49 Ave. Whitecourt Tel: 780-706-0164 1-800-337-0050 • Hot Continental Breakfast • Fitness Centre with Hot Tub & Sauna • Meeting Facilities

Microtel Inn & Suites

4915-49 Ave., Whitecourt Tel: 780-396-0990 T.F.: 1-800-337-0050 • Hot Continental Breakfast • Fitness Centre with hot tub and sauna • Meeting Facilities

Pineview Bed & Breakfast

18 Pineview Road Whitecourt Tel: 780-706-3903 Fax: 780-706-3903 alaine@pineviewbnb.com Quality Inn 5420-49 Ave. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-5477 Fax: 780-778-4219 gmcn735@choicehotels.com • Restaurant & Lounge • Corporate, Government & Seniors Rates • Free High Speed Internet

Three Bison Hill

HWY 43 Tel: 780-778-0306 threebisonhill@live.ca

The Ritz Cafe & Motor Inn 5032 Caxton St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-5055 Fax: 780-778-6602 theritz@telusplanet.net • Pets Welcome • Free Hot Breakfast • Fully Licensed Restaurant & Lounge on site

Royal Oak Inn

3305 Caxton St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-4004 Fax: 780-778-4483 royal-oak@live.ca • Restaurant • Newly Renovated Rooms • Free A&W Hot Combo Breakfast

HOTELS & MOTELS Snuggle Inn

5028-50 Ave. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-5544 Super 8 Motel 4121 Kepler St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-8908 Fax: 780-778-6064 gm@super8whitecourt.com • Corporate & Senior Rates • Internet Kiosk • Free Continental Breakfast

Western Budget 1&2

3405 Kepler St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-706-2030 Fax: 780-706-3551 westernbudgetmotel.com • Wheelchair Access • Wireless internet Western Budget 3 3301 - 35 St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-6692 • Swimming Pool • Kitchen Units • Restaurant • Free Continental Breakfast • Fireplaces • Ample Parking

Whitecourt Conference Centre & Suites 5003-50 St. Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-2216 Fax: 780-778-4733 fradaholdings@gmail.com • Totally Renovated • Liquor Store • Restaurant • Free WI-FI • Wheelchair Access

4121 Kepler Street, Hwy 43 & Dahl Drive, Whitecourt AB, T7S 0A3

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RESTURANTS

For all Tastes 19th Hole Lounge Whitecourt Golf & Country Club Tel: 780-778-3531

A&W

3711 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-6611

Blue Ridge Hotel Restaurant & Lounge

306 3 St. Blue Ridge Tel: 780-648-2004

Booster Juice

3843 Caxton St. Tel: 780-779-9919

Boston Pizza

3836 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-2500

Burger Baron

3909 37 Ave. Tel: 780-778-5955

Crown & Anchor Pub

Edo Japan

5115 50 Ave. Tel: 780-778-5151

Dairy Queen/ Orange Julius

3547 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-2276

Domino’s Pizza

3527 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-3142

Freddy’s 2 for 1 Pizza

#1-4802 51 St. Valley Centre Mall Tel: 780-778-1900

3839 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-4633

Green Gables Restaurant

3815 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-3833

Heritage Café 3305 Caxton St. 780-778-4004

Glenview Motel

Humpty’s Restaurant

5123 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-2233

Golden Delight

Iron Health

4164 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-3688

5108 50 Ave. Tel: 780-778-3306

#5-5004B Dahl Drive Tel: 780-778-6664

A Full Service Hotel & Restaurant • Award-Winning Menu • Completed Licensed Service VLT’s • Full Service Hotel Pool Table • Daily Specials Meeting Room • Homemade Soups • Breakfast Specials All Equipped System

Lounge Offers

Located on Highway 43 North 780-778-5055 Email:theritz@telusplanet.net

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KFC

McDonald’s

3826 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-4700

Wal Mart Super Centre Tel: 780-779-2710

KG’s Sandwich Bar

Mountain Pizza

4912 50 Ave. Tel: 780-778-5286

& Steak House 3823 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-3600

King Buffet

My Little Saigon

5003 50 St. Tel: 780-779-5855

4720 50 Ave. Tel: 780-778-1911

Kujira Sushi & Grill

The Orchard Café

5006 50 St. Tel: 780-396-8881

5024 51 Ave. Tel: 780-779-0034

Legends Bar & Grill

Original Joe’s

5003 50 St. Tel: 780-778-2216

Liberty Donair & Subs 3702 Kepler St. Tel: 780-706-8883

Linh’s Kitchen

Midtown Mall Tel: 780-396-8823

McDonald’s

4111 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-6969

100A-5004 Dahl Drive Tel: 780-778-1981

Panago Pizza

4802 51 St. Tel: 780-310-0001

Pizza Hut

3815 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-4900

Quiznos Subs

Rainbow Restaurant 4904 51 Ave. Tel: 780-778-6333

The Ritz Cafe’ & Motor Inn

Hwy 43 North Tel: 780-778-5055

Road House Pub & Grill

3415 Caxton St. Tel: 780-778-8600

Smitty’s

3599 Caxton St. Tel: 780-779-0006

Soban

Taco Time

3847 Caxton St. Tel: 780-706-3386

Taste Buds Bistro 43 Catering 5420 49 Ave. (Quality Inn) Tel: 780-778-5477

Tim Horton’s

4216 Elko Drive Tel: 780-778-8771

Tim Horton’s

4331 52 Ave. Tel: 780-779-4968

Timber’s Bar & Grill

Eagle River Casino Tel: 780-706-7500

Violet Mae’s Bakery

5107 50 Ave. Tel: 780-778-8814

Waters Edge Pub 5420 49 Ave. (Quality Inn) Tel: 780-778-5477

Wendy’s

3510 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-55

5108 50 Ave. Tel: 780-778-5225

Subway

3-4439 52 Ave. Tel: 780-778-0058

Subway

3742 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-8700

34-3732 Kepler St. Tel: 780-778-4414

ROAD HOUSE Pub & Grill

RELAXED ATMOSPHERE GREAT FOOD | FRIENDLY SERVICE!

Formerly WHITECOURT INN

3415 Caxton Street

(Just off of Highway 43)

A great night’s sleep at a GREAT Price! 62 newly renovated rooms on-site restaurant and lounge

Restaurant: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Lounge: 11:00 a.m. - Close

ALL ROOMS INCLUDE

Full breakfast • Fridge • Microwave 42” flatscreen TV • Voicemail • Hair dryers Coffee makers & coffee • Free high speed internet

780-778-4844

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Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park The picturesque Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park is well known as a great fishing spot. However, it offers much more. Located just 28 kilometres from Whitecourt, the provincial park includes two lakes - McLeod Lake and Little McLeod Lake. The more developed of the two is McLeod Lake.

Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you are looking for, you will find it here. Let the beauty of the mixed-wood forests of aspen, balsam fir, balsam poplar and white spruce surround you as you explore one of the many well-marked trails. Clear your mind as you fish for fresh pike in the clear waters of the lakes. Stop to witness nature at its finest in the midst of a variety of mammals and bird species.

Now let’s go have an adventure! Motor boats, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats and kayaks are available to rent at McLeod Lake. Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park is also the ideal place to camp with your family, whether for a weekend or overnight on your way to Alaska. AMENITIES • 181 private campsites to accommodate RV or tent campers (41 powered sites) • 80 reservation sites • Group camping, perfect for family reunions and larger gatherings • Clean toilet and shower facilities • Wide variety of hiking and nature trails • Boat rentals • Boat launch and seawall for fishing • Playground • Food concession • Coin laundry FISHING • McLeod Lake – Rainbow Trout • Little McLeod Lake – Northern Pike, Whitefish and Perch

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TRAILS • The Backcountry Trail goes along the lakeshore for nearly five and a half kilometres and starts at the McLeod Lake boat launch parking lot or the group use area. The trail is a combination of gravel and grass surfaces. • Lakeshore Trail is a shorter trail which also follows the lakeshore just below the campground loops. It is a 1.7 kilometre trail with grass and gravel surfaces, starting at the Penninsula boat launch. TO GET TO CARSON-PEGASUS PROVINCIAL PARK • Travel 6 kilometres west on Highway 43 from Whitecourt • Travel 11 kilometres north on Highway 32 • Signs will take you the rest of the way

BIRD WATCHING Birding, or bird watching, is an easy hobby to take up. The prospective birder needs only three things: a bird guide, binoculars and a healthy dose of curiosity and interest in the natural world.

If you’re new to the hobby, simply borrow a pair of binoculars or buy a cheaper pair and upgrade if you enjoy it. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development recommends the Birds of Alberta guide which will allow you to quickly identify the birds you’re hearing or seeing. Luckily, the Whitecourt and Woodlands County area is perfect for birding with different areas providing a diverse variety of birds to see. The Forest Interpretive Centre, E.S. Huestis Demonstration Forest, and the Centennial Park walking trails all provide a similar habitat and a large range of species to spot. Watch out for Black-capped Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskin, Gray Jay, American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellowbellied Sapsucker, Rose-breasted Grosbreak, Red-tailed Hawk and the Ruffed Grouse. If you’re birding between May and August you are likely to see these species. Some are more rare and will be seen by dedicated birders and those who get a lucky sighting.

Watch out for (but don’t get your hopes up too high) the Barred Owl, Three-toed Woodpecker, Conneticut Warbler, Blackthroated Green Warbler, Boreal Chickadee, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker and Northern Waterthrush. Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park provides some great birding opportunities for water birds. The park contains Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Solitary Sandpipers, Red-necked Grebe and Boneparte’s Gulls. Carson-Pegasus also has some rare birds for the lucky, or very dedicated, birder to spot. These are the Trumpeter Swan, the Belted Kingfisher, Sora, Ospreys, the Bald Eagle and the American Bittern. A lot of the fun of birding is the anticipation of tracking down a species that has eluded you, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t check them all off your list in the first outing. Just keep trying and looking forward to the day when you spot your first Bald Eagle!

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CAMP-IN-TOWN TEL: 780-706-5050 Camp-In-Town is located in Whitecourt across from the Whitecourt Garden Market IGA, and is open year round. There are 70 sites, 35 of them offer all services. They offer shower facilities, a laundromat, free firewood and fire pits. Camp-In-Town is a fully operated winterized RV park with full power, water and sewer.

Campsites ALASKA HIGHWAY MOTEL & RV PARK TEL: 780-778-4156 The Alaska Highway Motel and RV Park is located right on Highway 43, on the east side as you enter Whitecourt. To get to it go left on the service road which runs parallel to Highway 43. The Alaska Highway Motel

and RV Park is open year round. There are 22 sites with power hookups. They offer free hot showers, flush toilets, sewage dump, laundry facilities, kitchen and picnic shelters, fire pits, groceries, golfing within 20 minutes, picnic tables and pets are welcome.

CARSON PEGASUS PROVINCIAL PARK TEL: 780-778-2664 Carson Pegasus Provincial Park is located about 28 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 32, and is open from approximately the beginning of May to the middle of November annually. There are 181 sites, and 41 of them have power hookups. They offer showers, boat rentals, snack bar, a laundromat, interpretive programs, accessible shore fishing, beaches, picnic area, playgrounds, bird watching and canoeing. For more information visit albertaparks.ca.

• Gas, Diesel, Propane, ATM, Foodstore • 14 clean, bright car wash bays • 2 touchless automatic car washes • 3 - 100 ft. long truck and RV wash bays

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CLEAR LAKE PARK TEL: 780-674-5307 Clear Lake Park campground is privately owned and located approximately 10 kilometres southwest of Fort Assiniboine (northwest of Tiger Lily). There are 74 sites and one large group site, all of which house tents, trailers and motorhomes. There are no power or shower facilities but swimming, fishing and water pumps are available. There are also two boat launches available. EAGLE RIVER RECREATION AREA

1-800-313-7383 or 780-778-3433 Located 13 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 32, the Eagle River Recreation Area is available for the general public to book from May to October. The group camp area is a great venue for events such as family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, and staff functions. While there, you and your friends can enjoy a game at the horseshoe pits or a game of volleyball or softball. The facility is also

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equipped with outdoor bathrooms, a fire pit, picnic tables, and loading ramp. Site amenities:

• accommodates between 20 and 30 campers • Fee: $200 per night • sheltered camp kitchen • cook stove available for facility renters • fire pit • snowmobile staging area in the winter - so the site leads to an assortment of trails.

pads, water, sanitary sewer, 30-50 amp power hookups, laundromat and clean flush washroom and shower facilities. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual rates available. The park sets itself apart with a new 2800 sq. ft. First Nation Cultural Centre with artifacts, art and concession. Guided tours are available.

To book the Eagle River Recreation Area call 1-800-313-7383 or 780-778-3433. Due to demand, reservations can only be made by phone and are booked on a first come, first serve basis starting January 2 annually. A deposit must be made within 10 days of the booking date.

FREEMAN RIVER RV PARK TEL: 780-584-2364 Freeman River RV Park is located five kilometres west of Fort Assiniboine. It is open May to late October and is located on 25 acres with 47 spacious, level gravel padded sites. All sites include a picnic table and fire pit. There are showers and flush toilets. Rates are available on nightly, weekly and monthly basis with or without power. Activities that are available include river swimming, hiking, biking, picking raspberries, fishing, sightseeing, children’s craft time and horseshoes. If you need more information visit the Freeman River RV Park website at freemanriver.com.

EAGLE RIVER TOURISM RV PARK INTERIM TEL: 780-779-2727 or

587-773-2497

(Eagle River Casino, Ask for Guest Services) Located at the intersection of Highway 43 and 32N, 8 kilometres NW of Whitecourt. Open year round this 107 fully serviced park includes fire pits, picnic tables, playground, graveled

Opened July 2013, the Eagle River Tourism RV Park sets itself apart with 107 fully serviced RV sites, each featuring a graveled pad, green space, picnic table, 30 amp or 50 amp power, water and sanitation hook-ups. The RV Park is open 365 days per year and RV sites are available for winter use. The park features free broadband wifi, a cultural arbor, playground, clean showers and flush washrooms and coin laundry. Eagle River Tourism RV Park is located 8km north-west of Whitecourt, Alberta Near the intersection of Hwy 43 and 32N. Access to the Tourism Park is from the Eagle River Casino & Travel Plaza parking lot.

FACILITY RATES Daily Weekly Monthly

30 AMP $35 $225 $735

50 AMP $40 $255 $755

*Additional power charge of $100 per month will apply October to April Showers – $3 • Laundry – $3 Prices include power, water and sewer.

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GOODWIN MEADOWS RV PARK

TEL: 780-706-6777

Come experience the serenity of the wild while enjoying the convenience of water, sewer and 50 amp power. Relish the heat of the campfire as the kids devour smores, unwind and reconnect with the peace that only nature provides. Open year round, 22 sites, 7 pull-thru sites, w/p/s, Firewood showers, laundry and free sani-dump with stay. 132044 Township road 590, Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N5. Contact: Jolene 780-706-6777,email goodwinmeadows@ gmail.com goodwinmeadows.wix.com/camp GOOSE LAKE CAMPGROUND TEL: 780-584-2480 Goose Lake Campground is located about 32 kilometres north of Blue Ridge on Highway 658. It has 62 large sites in a natural wooded setting with a sanitation dump, shower building, small convenience store, free boat launch, year-round fishing (Perch and Jack), boating, water skiing, fire pits, playground, cookhouse, horseshoe pits, mini golf, sandy beach, walking trail, phone booths and picnic shelter. The camping season at Goose Lake Campground runs from the May long weekend to the September long weekend. Monthly and seasonal rates are available. GROAT CREEK GROUP CAMPGROUND TEL: 780-778-3433 Groat Creek Group Campground is located 25 kilometres from Whitecourt off Highway 32, right after the Groat Creek Bridge and about 10 minutes from the Westward Community Centre. It has 10 sites visitors can rent for tournaments, reunions and other group gatherings. There is a shelter equipped with a generator that campers get full use of

when renting the site and firewood SLEEP UNDER THE STARS can be purchased at the time the sites are booked. All sites come with a picnic table Highway 43. Sagitawah RV Park is open from and fire pit. There is access to washrooms, a approximately the middle of April to the group fire pit and walking trails along scenic middle of October each year. There are 113 Groat Creek, a waterway rich in fossils. Book stalls, including full-service (with 50, 30 and through the Forest Interpretive Centre in 15 AMP, sewer, water,) as well as no service Whitecourt. tenting sites. Sagitawah RV Park provides clean (free) hot showers and flush toilets, HORSE CREEK RANCH fire pits (firewood for sale), picnic tables, CAMPGROUND free wireless internet, coin-op Laundromat, TEL: 780-584-2535 or pedal go-karts, and playground. Workers 780-699-6099 are welcomed. Weekly and monthly rates Horse Creek Ranch Campground offers RV are available. The campground is also pets and trailer camping, horse trailers and friendly for responsible owners. camping, and tent camping. They also have 6 cabins available to rent as well. It has a new camping site building with a new washroom building. There are 15 camping sites with power and water. There are also 40 box stalls for horses, with water. The campsite is located east of Fort Assiniboine, just north of the crossing of Highway 33 and the Athabasca River. LIONS CAMPGROUND TEL: 780-778-6782 Lions Campground is located off 33 St. in Whitecourt. There are 67 stalls, many of which have power hookups. Each stall has a fire pit and a picnic table. They offer firewood for sale, horseshoe pits, tap water and a picnic area. SAGITAWAH RV PARK TEL: 780-778-3734 WEBSITE: sagitawahrv.com Sagitawah RV Park is located within Whitecourt town limits, on Riverboat Park Road by the Athabasca River, just off

SCHUMAN LAKE CAMPGROUND Schuman Lake is 24 kilometres west of Fort Assiniboine on Secondary Highway 658, The Schuman Lake Campground has six overnight stalls. Free access to picnic and barbecue sites are available. No motorboats are allowed on the lake. There are plenty of Rainbow Trout for fishermen. WOODLANDS RV PARK & RIVER MARINA TEL: 780-584-2222 Located within the east boundaries of Fort Assiniboine along the Athabasca River, Woodlands RV Park and River Marina offers 50 spacious sites (power and potable water included), 5 tenting sites (no services). Full washroom and laundry facilities, crafts/ sewing centre, gift shop, high-speed internet and fax service, coffee/bakery shop, activities include jet boat tours, jet boat poker rallies, kayak rentals and tours, nearby golfing, ATV, horseback trails and beach volleyball.

BISON HILL B&B

Whitecourt’s accommodation for travellers along Highway 43. The picturesque setting of the cozy Guesthouse is nestled within forest and conveniently located only 10 minutes east of Whitecourt just off Highway 43. Bison Hill B&B offers a safe and comfortable family atmosphere for women traveling alone� said owner Judith Engeroff. Bison Hill B&B offers 3 beautiful guest rooms with large comfortable beds where guests will wake up to the smell of a hearty home cooked breakfast. Satellite Internet (Wifi) is available for business travelers.

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EDUCATION/CHURCHES

Thinking of moving here The Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County offer endless opportunities. If you are thinking of moving here, the following information will help make your move a smooth transition. Come see why we love it.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS Percy Baxter School Contact: Helen Haugford Tel: 780-778-3898 Grades 6, 7 & 8

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

HIGH SCHOOLS Hilltop High School Contact: Egbert Stang Tel: 780-778-2446 Grades 9-12 Hilltop’s Store Front School Contact: Sarah Vandekerckhove Tel: 780-778-5865 Outreach school for Grades 10-12 St. Joseph School Contact: Michel Despins Tel: 780-778-2345 Grades 4-12 & French Immersion

EARLY LEARNING Brite View Pre-School Contact: Eileen Blenman Tel: 780-706-0619 Pre-School Pre-schooler learning, socializing while developing self esteem. Whitecourt & District Play School Contact: Amber Palmateer Tel: 780-778-2251 Play School 3 & 4 year olds

Pat Hardy Primary School Contact: Jackie Mines Tel: 780-778-6266 Pre-School - Grade 2 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS St. Mary Elementary School Contact: Ashley Floyd Tel: 780-778-2050 Kindergarten - Grade 3 & French Immersion Whitecourt Central School Contact: Tammy McKeever Tel: 780-778-2136 Grades 3,4,& 5

POST SECONDARY SCHOOLS Norquest College Contact: Jackie Smailes Tel: 780-778-2000 NorQuest collaborates with 14 Community Adult Education Councils, made up of industry, local government and other community partners to determine and meet the needs of adult learners in our region. Campus Alberta Whitecourt Contact: Jackie Smailes Tel: 780-778-2000 Offers numerous student & public services including College & University programs, distance education, educational information, classroom & computer lab rentals and much more. COUNTY SCHOOLS Fort Assiniboine School Contact: Aubrey Kuiln Tel: 780-584-3751 Kindergarten - Grade 9

Northern Gateway Public Schools Pat Hardy Primary School

Preschool to Grade 2 Principal: Ms. Jacqueline Mines Phone: 780.778.6266

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Whitecourt Central Elementary School Grades 3 to 5 Principal: Mrs. Tammy McKeever Phone: 780.778.2136

Percy Baxter Middle School

Grades 6 to 8 Principal: Mrs. Helen Haugjord Phone: 780.778.3898

Hilltop Jr/Sr High School

Grades 9 to 12 Principal: Mr. Brent Northcott Phone: 780.778.2446

Gateway Academy

Grades 9 to 12 Coordinating Teacher: Sarah Van De Kerckhove Phone: 780.778.5865

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CHURCH SERVICES Hilltop Community Church Pastor Chris Millington 32 Whitecourt Avenue Tel: 780-778-3113 Sunday Service 10:30am Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Real Goudreault 35 Lyons Crescent Tel: 780-706-4026 Skyview Alliance Church Reverand Harold Bakker 112061 TWP 591, Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-6806 Sunday Service 10:30am, GET TO KNOW YOU luncheon the last Sunday of every month. St. James Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Hansard 55 Sunset Blvd, Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-2055 Divine Service 11:00am St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Father Paulson 5540 Mink Creek Road, Whitecourt Tel: 780-396-0228 Saturday Mass 5:00pm Sunday Mass 9:00am

St. Patrick’s Anglican Church Reverend Rita Milne 4903 52 Avenue, Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-6585 Holy Eucharist Sunday 10:30am with Sunday School

Whitecourt United Church of Canada Reverand Deborah Springer 5201 50 Street, Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-2578 Sunday Worship and Nursery Care at 10:30am

Whitecourt Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dwayne Dibben Pastor Clayton Puddicombe 6240 - 47 Street Whitecourt Tel: 780-778-3450 Sunday Service & Sunday School 10:00am Whitecourt Family Worship Centre Senior Pastor Dallas Bidell Youth Pastor Michelle Harder 4220 Elko Drive (Behind Up hill Tim Horton’s) Tel: 780-778-2572 Sunday Worship 10:30am Nursery Care Provided Whitecourt Seventh -Day Adventist Church 4903 52 Avenue, Whitecourt Services held at St.Patricks Anglican Church Sabbath Services Saturday at 10:00am

Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Branch President Clayton B Caufield Tel: 780-512-9654 Assigned Missionaires Tel: 780-262-0644 47 Street & Golf Course Road Tel: 780-778-3311 Sunday Service 10:00am

ARTS, CULTURE & PERFORMING ARTS Whitecourt Arts Council Whitecourt artists committed to promoting arts and culture. Meetings at the ECHO Society meeting room every 2nd Tuesday at 7:00pm. New members welcome - No meetings through the summer. Contact: Viviane Widdifield Tel: 780-706-0196

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CHOIR Whitecourt Community Choir The Whitecourt Community Choir invites singers 16 and over for music & laughter. Sing for Remembrance Day and Christmas. Meetings Wednesday evenings at the Whitecourt United Church at 7:30pm Contact: Janet Doyle Tel: 780-268-0885 janetdoyle@bintemet.com DANCE Illusion Dance Company Recreational performance dance studio in Whitecourt, offering, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern & Musical Theatre for ages 3-18. Contact: Tash Daniels Tel: 780-778-6661 idance@telus.net illusiondance.com Square Dancing Contact: Gary Smith Tel: 780-778-3214 POTTERY Whitecourt Clay Pigeon Potters Providing a facility for potters to work & lessons for people who wish to learn. Meetings are in the basement of the preschool. Contact: Shelly Perez Tel: 780-778-5838


QUILTING Pins & Pine Needles Quilt Guild Local quilter’s guild meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at the Millar Western Training Centre. Contact: Holly Astill Tel: 780-778-3363 pinsandpineneedlesquiltguild.webs.com THEATRE PumpJack Players Local theatre group has been entertaining audiences of all ages with a variety of productions for 30 years. Contact: Bridgette Jobin Tel: 780-778-3522 pumpjackplayers@outlook.com pumpjackplayers.com

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES & CLUBS ARCHERY Archery Range Contact: Tyler MacLean Tel: 780-779-7597 wfga.ca BASEBALL Whitecourt Minor Ball Association Youth Baseball for Boys & Girls Contact: Bernnie Gervais Tel: 780-517-0211

Whitecourt Slow Pitch Association Adult mixed league slo-pitch Contact: Matt Ogrodnick Tel: 780-78-9579 BASKETBALL Whitecourt Community Youth Basketball League info@whitecourtbasketball.com BIKING Whitecourt Mountain Bike Association Contact: Mike Penner Tel: 780-779-6059 whitecourtmba@mail.com CURLING Whitecourt Curling Club Contact: Jim Harris Tel: 780-778-4512 FLYING Whitecourt Air Show We’re coming up on our 6th Air Show in 8 years! We’ve come a long way, last year was our biggest & best yet. Join us this year as we honor our Hometown Heroes & National Heroes and celebrate the joy of Aviation. Inspiring others to stop dreaming & START FLYING! Contact: Sonja VanGilst Tel: 780-778-0030 info@whitecourtairshow.com hometownheroesairshow.com

THINKING OF MOVING HERE Whitecourt Flying Club A non-profit society whose mission is to promote recreational aviation in Whitecourt & surrounding areas. Each year we hold a COPA for kid’s event that introduces kids between 8 & 17 to aviation. Visit our website to pre register or for more information about events & our club. Contact: John Burrows Tel: 780-706-4747 whitecourtcopaflight@gmail.com whitecourtflyingclub.com

GYM Anytime Fitness (780) 396-6247 Allan & Jean Millar Centre The Allan & Jean Millar Centre offers recreation and leisure activities for all ages and skill levels. It provides a venue for tournaments, trade shows and cultural events. Tel: 780-778-3637 info@whitecourt.ca whitecourt.ca - under the Recreation & Culture Heading.

GOLF Whitecourt Golf & Country Club Golf & Country Club Contact: Trevor Commet Tel: 780-778-3531 pro@whitecourtgolf.com

Nitro 24 Hour Fitness Tel: 780-706-2235 nitro24@live.ca Rev Up Fitness Tel: 780-778-8614 GYMNASTICS Whitecourt Gymnastics Club Non competitive club that runs the Canada Gymnastics program. There are 12 levels of achievement in this program. Currently running in the Carlan Centre Mon - Thurs from 4:30pm - 8:30pm Contact: Cindy Jocksch president@whitecourtgymnastics.com

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HOCKEY Ladies Hot Shots Hockey Contact: Trisha Faulkner Tel: 780-778-6865 wcthotshots@hotmail.com Ladies Wannab’s Hockey Contact: Faye McLaughlin Tel: 780-779-8557 Whitecourt Minor HockeyAssociation To promote & encourage the development of minor hockey in the Whitecourt area. To provide players, volunteers and officials the opportunity to enjoy hockey in a safe, fun & sportsmanlike manner. Contact: Ian Martinot Tel: 780-778-6670 president@whitecourtminorhockey.com whitecourtminorhockey.com Whitecourt Wolverines Junior “A” Team To provide Whitecourt hockey fans with an elite hockey team and to promote Whitecourt as a great hockey community. Contact: Brent Stark - President Tel: 780-778-9258 brent@whitecourtwolverines.com Contact: Joey Bouchard - Coach, General Manager, Vice President Tel: 780-204-6977 joey@whitecourtwolverines.com Whitecourt Senator’s Old-timers Hockey Contact: Dan Tookey Tel: 780-778-4061 HORSES, HUNTING, RODEO & AGRICULTURAL Fort Assiniboine & District Ag Society Tel: 780-584-2100 Poplar Ridge Riding & Country Escape Tel: 780-728-6664 poplarridgeranch.com

Whitecourt & District Ag Society Contact: Sharlene Tel: 780-779-4343 freewebs.com/whitecourtagsociety/ Whitecourt & District Ag Society - Horse Club Meet the 1st Monday of every month Contact: Erin Barber Tel: 780-778-2371 Whitecourt Fish & Game Association Meet the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Forestry training Centre 7:00pm Contact: Rick Fetch Tel: 780-706-1070 wfga.ca Whitecourt Multi 4H Contact: Shelley Mason Tel: 780-778-3065 4h.ab.ca KARATE Whitecourt Wado Kai Karate Club Wado Kai includes: Waza - Basic techniques, punching kicking, blocking, open & closed hand strikes Kata - sequences of techniques Kumite - prearranged & free style sparring Contact: Shelley McGregor Tel: 780-778-8824 smcgmc@telusplanet.net MOTOCROSS Whitecourt Motocross Association The WMA operates the White Ridge MX Park, an all ages motocross track located 5kn north of Blue Ridge. We host various racing events throughout the season. Contact: Mac Sarvis Tel: 780-706-1425 info@whitecourtmx.com

THINKING OF MOVING HERE OFF ROAD VEHICLES ATV Club The club was formed in 2010 to create designated trail system for ATV’s in the Whitecourt & Woodlands County Area. Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Forest Interpretive Center. Contact: Jennifer Donovan whitecourtatvclub@gmail.com whitecourtatvclub.ca RIVERBOAT Whitecourt Riverboat Association Non profit organization of jet boating enthusiasts. The club is dedicated to the promotion of safe river boating, encouraging family recreation and hosting annual poker rallies and jet boat races. Contact: Paddy Stratton Jr. Tel: 780-778-0388 Contact: Kerry Crawford Tel: 780-778-1465 facebook.com/ whitecourtriverboatassoc./ SKATING Whitecourt Skating Club An organization that teaches the fundamentals of skating. We offer programs from Can Skate through Star Skate. whitecourtskatingclub@hotmail.com

Whitecourt Minor Soccer Association whitecourtsoccer.com TAE KWON DO Whitecourt Tae Kwon Do Association Tae Kwon Do classes for anyone 4 and up. Focusing on discipline, confidence building, and good exercise & having lots of fun! We have a large adult class that is very friendly for beginners. Call to set up a free trial class! Contact: Jim Rennie Tel: 780-778-0202 jimstkd@telusplanet.net whitecourttaekwondo.com VOLLEYBALL Co-Ed Volleyball Contact: Matt Ogrondick Tel: 780-778-9579 Club Volleyball Youth Volleyball - Male & Female teams ages 14-18 Contact: Linda Bryson Tel: 780-778-8189 revzvball@gmail.com

SNOWMOBILING Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club The Whitecourt Trailblazers currently maintain 465kms of trail system in the Whitecourt area, including portions of the Trans-Canada Trail System and the Golden Triangle Trail System. Contact: Aaron Munro Tel: 780-779-3372 president@whitecourttrailblazers.ca Contact: Cindy Brooks Tel: 780-706-5267 cindy@whitecourttrailblazers.ca

Souvenirs Toys Health & Beauty Products Pet Supplies

SOCCER Whitecourt Indoor Soccer Contact: Rob Pastoor Tel: 780-706-5267

YOGA Santosa Yoga Studio Tel: 780-706-4252 info@santosawhitecourt.ca

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