The beautiful City of Prince Albert is situated on the North Saskatchewan River in Central Saskatchewan. The City rests on the south bank of the river, which divides the province's aspen parkland from the boreal forest on the north bank. This blog provides information, events, attractions things to do, places to stay and more in Prince Albert & Area.
These local summer events happen every single year and some even support local causes and projects! So, we can all have fun knowing we're helping our community thrive!
Recap on this year's festival:
Although it rained Saturday they still had 300 people through the gate with over 700 people through on Saturday, and overall it was one of their best turn outs yet!
The ever popular tractor pulls were back running most of the day and the rest of the day was filled with music, bouncy castles, a canteen and 'people movers' (ie. a tractor pulling a wagon to give rides).
The saw mill was operating and the threshing machine was up and running for demonstrations! As always, folks were encouraged to visit the other onsite buildings and museums! The silent auction was also a hit with some local restaurants donating gift cards and others providing anything you could imagine from welding gloves to furniture.
The pancake breakfast, both days, was very well received! Funds from this event go directly toward maintaining the site, creating new venues and buildings and restoring equipment.
*New* to the site, this year:
The recently built vintage radio museum for armature hand radios and the announcers booth for tractor pull!
They are cautiously optimistic that they will have their newly acquired 50hp Case Steam Traction Engine up and running, as long as it passes inspection that is; Percy the curator and organizer, along with some other members, has his steam license, so they're more than excited to get it going! They'd like to see it belted to the threshing machine for demoing! This rare engine might be one of only 15 in the entire province that are operational and she's beaut'! As such, they also hope to build a building for the steam tractor and someday they hope to have a vintage tractor dealership and hardware store for people to view!
Next Year's date:
July 20th & 21st, 2019 (TBA officially in 2019)
Location: Vintage Power Machines Site (South on Hwy 2 to Hwy 11, take a right)What: Vintage Threshing Machine Festival, Tractor Pulls, Demo's, Live Music, Silent Auction, Kids Activities and more.Cost: ** $5/person** (12 and under free)
On a beautiful sunny spring day, the festival welcomed 149 cyclists in their 6 hour mountain bike event with 87 children running in the MNP Wilderness Run, plus countless others who came to take part in the amazing music, great food and bouncy castles! Over 2,000 people took part this summer!
What is the Mountain Bike Challenge?
A 6 hour 'enduro' (long-distance race) for all skill and ability levels through the boreal forest of Little Red River Park! Teams of 4 are recommended, but teams of 2 can also take park, allowing for team members to rest and enjoy the festival during laps! See how many laps your team can complete in 6hrs, the team who completes the most laps in their category wins a prize!
What is the MNP Kids Wilderness Run?
A fun run for kids with three categories- Foxes (5 & under), Coyotes (6-9), Wolves (10+); kids run for the challenge and a chance to win the prize! All participants get a free hotdog and drink courtesy of the Hi Noon Optimist Club!
2018 Donation (Funds from the Festival) = $10,000 towards new fire pits and water bottle filling station at the Cosmo Lodge at Little Red River Park in Prince Albert!
Past Projects funded by the festival include:
2011-$5,000 towards Rotary Trail | 2012- $8,500 towards KidSport P.A. | 2013- 2 AED's in community schools | 2014- River Trail Retaining Wall Project | 2015/16- New Fire Pits at LIttle Red River Park | 2017/18- Fire Pits & Water Bottle Station!
To date the Festival has raised over $44,000 for the community!
Next Year's date: Sunday, June 9th, 2019
Location: Little Red River ParkWhat: Mountain Bike Challenge, Music Festival, Food Vendors & Kids ActivitiesCost: ** FREE**
This year was full of lively faces, coming from near and far to dance their feet off to some great music! Year after year return visitors' book in advance and take part in the Prince Albert Polka Fest sometimes coming early or staying afterward to explore the region! You can come for the day or the entire weekend, or even just the pancake breakfast. Anything goes! Some come to dance, others like to sit and listen to the music while they watch others dance, some might even come just for the delicious homemade food!
Saturday was a full house and, the new out of town Regina band, the Dennis & Curtis Ficor Band was well received in addition to some of our local bands such as the Gold Tones Band and Country Gentleman Band! The big hit on Sunday was the Heritage Jammers which included around 12 musicians including banjo’s, violin, keyboard, accordion and more!
If you’ve ever wondered what actually goes on here and who it’s open to, then we’ve got the scoop for you!
Everyone is welcome; it’s even great for the whole family!It’s not just Polka.. there’s also Jive, 2-step, Waltz etcYou can attend for the whole weekend, and save money with their Super Pass, come for one day or even just the pancake breakfast, which some do! The refreshment area serves homemade food; with soup and sandwiches available all day and full on supper meal from 5-8pm!
Did you know?
The Polkafest has been dancing people off their feet for 16 years now!It is run by a team of at least 30/35 dedicated volunteers each night of the event without whom this event would not be the success that it is and is a fundraiser for the Prince Albert Exhibition Association to which 100% of the funds stay in Prince Albert going towards the event centre’s maintenance and ability to host future events!There is actually a wait list of people in line to become a volunteer for this event!This community run event is all encompassing from volunteers to media support to community attendance and even donations by sponsors like B&P Water, Safeway and Co-op; Lakeland Ford also take part along with attendance from the Mayor and Council!
New this year!
Ushers! Volunteers worked even harder to make your experience a better one from the moment you walked in the door.. no more confusion about which seats were taken or open for the taking!New faces to the event and younger people attending! Organizer Lawrence Bodnar says that with the increase of dance class options available people are getting interested in dance again! He even introduced himself to an entire table of fresh faces from Saskatoon helping them to feel connected to the event and continues to stay in touch with folks from back when the event first started!
Some thoughts and comments from organizer Lawrence Bodnar:
‘Music is healthy!’ It brings the community together and promotes wellness!‘When you see that hall, see it filled- uh- there’s nothing better!’ ‘When you see that energy..’What he has to say about the success of the event, simply put: ‘We believe it!’ and because they all believe in their event it’s no wonder it’s such a success!‘Our volunteers are the backbone of this whole event, if it wouldn’t have been for volunteer attendance it wouldn’t be what it is!’
Next Year's date: August 23rd - 25th, 2019
Location: Prince Albert Exhibition CentreWhat: Music, Dancing, Homemade Food, Pancake BreakfastCost: ** Super Pass - $39** (prices vary based on the day
Sunday Pancake Breakfast $8/adult
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Join us in looking back on our fantastic summer in this Did You Know feature! The summer is coming to an end, the leaves are changing colour and the weather is chilling down.. but the warmth of summer is still there! What a whirlwind summer it has been; as always there was tonne going on and it went by in a flash! We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have starting with our Tourism Awareness Week in May, which was a huge success, and coming to end with some great events like the: Prince Albert Polka Fest, a special Art Walk Tour, Pretty in Punk Fest, Rock my Gypsy Soul Music Festival, and more!
Tourism Awareness Week...
This year we partnered with some local businesses to encourage visitors and residents alike to get out experience what they have to offer! Some businesses offered special deals throughout the week, others provided items for our draw and others a unique experience such as the museum day where staff dressed in period costumes! This was a fun week for everyone, and well received by the public and really couldn't have done it without the participation of our local businesses and those who took part and advantage of the festivities!
Big thank you to all of our sponsors and participants!! Visit our blog to read more about our Tourism Week!
The Prince Albert Historical Society tells us that this summer was another good one for the books with visitation peeking at around 7,500 people!! Their summer staff enjoyed showcasing our local history, leading museum tours and downtown walking tours, and even dressed up in period costumes to celebrate Tourism Awareness Week with us! It was such a fun day and well received by those who took part! You can see the videos on our Facebook page!
New this year:
Summer Display- Miijim: Traditional Foods of the Lake of the Woods Anishinaabeg from Kenora, Ontario; visitors to the display were really excited to have a showing of indigenous culture and look forward to future exhibitsDisplay case showcasing the canoe from Christopher Lake dating back to the 1920's or olderThe Herb Basset (Senior's home) outreach program was well received; participants looked through archived photos and reminisced; this program will now continue throughout the year!
Speaking of future indigenous displays.. the Historical Society is planning on turning the Connaught room (canoe room) into an indigenous room, where the entire room will be dedicated to history of first nations people in Prince Albert. *NEWS* They are happy to announce that they have received funding from the Northern Lights Community Development Corporation to consult with knowledge keepers about the history and how to present the material in a sensitive manner; this is set to take place in the next couple of years!!!
What's happening during the off-season:
Visit any museum by calling and booking a tour!It is possible to call same day for tours of the historical museum; advance notice is required for off-site museums.
Culture Days take place September 28-30th; the Historical Society will be providing a display at the Arts Centre; check out the culture days website for other culture days events!
''Business is booming in the downtown; stores are filling up with start ups and relocations; with all of this momentum, people just want to be a part of it all'' says Executive Director Carolyn Carleton
Street Fair was, yet again, a great success with thousands of people lining the streets; the new layout and flow of the event was well received providing visitors with an even better experience! There were four stages, and it seems there are requests to use the Gazebo in 2019! You can also expect to see the riverbank utilized next year!! The addition of the Sask Express performance, sponsored by Canadian Tire, was well received and drew crowds for sure; people enjoy Street Fair so much that they are looking for more events to take place in the downtown! Cue Art Walk Tour..Art Walk Tour
Due to all the feedback from Street Fair and interest in more events, the Prince Albert Downtown Business Improvement District made haste in bringing about the Art Walk Tour, in partnership with some of the downtown businesses! As such, the first Thursday of each month were busy nights where people could come check out stores downtown and take part in the Art Walk Tour. There artists were in-house showcasing their work and providing demonstrations!
They ended the Tour with a bang by hosting historical wagon rides that drew more families to the area! Rides were scheduled every half hour with a fun bouncy castle to break up the tours; needless to say, everyone had a great time!
Summer on the Square
Summer on the Square takes place on Wednesdays, you guessed it, in the square! It's a great community focused event that sees visitation by daycares, families and children's camps! Every week there's something new to take part in; fun in the bouncy castles, historical programming, face painting and more! And, with the Farmer's Market happening at the same time next door, it's great for all ages!
The PADBID is looking into hosting winter activities and invites you to take part in this year's Santa Claus parade happening on November 24th; we can't wait!!
This weekend on July 14th and 15th Vintage Power Machines is hosting the 38th Annual Threshing Festival. This is a great event with many things to do and see; it’s fun for the whole family! The admission is $5.00 for adults and kids under 12 are free.
Tractor PullsA Silent AuctionFlea MarketFood ConcessionVarious DemosBouncy Castle for the Kidsand so much more...!
This is an awesome way for families to get out of the house on the weekend and do something fun together. Parking or RV camping for the weekend is just $10.00! The event is taking place at Vintage Power Machines museum site off Hwy 11 10 km southwest of Prince Albert toward Saskatoon.
Coming up this Sunday July 1st is a day that every Canadian should know; Canada Day! This year’s festivities are once again taking place at Kinsmen park. There will be lots of activities for kids and things for adults to do as well so come and check it out!
The day will start off with a parade done by the Royal Canadian Legion at 10:30. The parade will start on Central Avenue from 23rd to 22nd then marching into Kinsmen park.
This is a free event with many things to do such as: live music and entertainment at the main amphitheater stage, food and merchandise booths, Disney princesses, dancing, a magician and of course fireworks!
Music Performers include:
Métis Music - Dallas & Phil BoyerThe StephaniesShayne Lazarowich with special guests Gillian SniderPeter Abonyi & Jody GeisbrechtBelle PlaineRewind
So come and celebrate Canada and show your appreciation for this beautiful country we get to call home.
For more information visit the Prince Albert Multicultural Council Facebookpage.
It's that time of year again! The 15th annual Street Fair takes place tomorrow June 16th from 10am to 8pm. This is a free festival and it consists of seven blocks of continuous entertainment and activities that feature vendors and local businesses. Last year an estimated 15,00 people took to the streets of downtown to experience all that Prince Albert had to offer. With Father's Day on Sunday this is a great way for families to spend quality time together!
There will be a lot of entertainment on their two main stages such as dancing and live music. There will also be an abundance of food including downtown restaurants and cafes, food trucks and food booths.
Some notable activities are:
SaskExpress performance on Central Ave and 10th Street West at 1:15 and 2:30Free entrance to the Historical MuseumPony Rides in the Museum parking lotDuck Drop River Race at the riverfront at 5pmDance performances at the City Hall stageand so much more...!
There will also be an after party at The Rock Trout Cafe featuring Whipping Post! Check out the Prince Albert Downtown Improvement District website andFacebook page for more information.
Whether you are young or old there is sure to be something for you at the downtown Street Fair so don't miss it!
Not only do they have an awesome target range and paintball fields, they also have outdoor laser tag which is a great activity for people of all ages! It's an awesome place for birthday parties and school groups as well as staff functions and office parties! No matter what function you're planning you'll be sure to have a great time at Paintball Paradise!
Open Day on Father's Day June 17th from 1pm-5pm. You can come without a booking and dads play for free if they are playing with their kids!
Daily Deal's | What's happening this week- events and specials! | Contest/Draws- Rules & Regulations
What is Tourism Week, you ask?! In a nutshell- it's about letting you all in on what makes our community special! Who we are and what we have to offer; our community benefits greatly from tourism by our businesses and attractions who create great assets for our city that both entertain our residents and draw tourism dollars! This week is a shout out to all our businesses and attractions helping to shape our city and to you our residents who help to keep them afloat! We love #ypa! So, find out what we Prince Albert has to offer and take part in some pretty sweet deals this week! We will be having a huge draw the following Monday, open to anyone who takes part by purchasing from a participating local business (see full details below) throughout Tourism week! Show your support to our local tourism industry for #TourismWeek because #TourismMatters!!
Anyone who plays at District 8 Escape during Tourism Week will be entered into a draw for…
* FREE group play at District 8 Escape to beta test our NEW ROOM!
* $100 Mystery Gift Card
“You will be one of the first groups to ever play our newest room! After the game is over, players will be asked to complete a short questionnaire where they will rate each game puzzle, comment on decor, and make suggestions to improve the room."
*Beta testing is scheduled for June 11-14.
Bring your receipt to Tourism and enter our grand prize draw too!
We may be closed for renovations, but we're still open for bookings! Anyone who books during Tourism Week for another time will be entered into our draw for a
*half price voucher!!!!!
Stay tuned for details for our re-opening, big announcement coming!
Can anybody say, 'Weekend Special'?! Anyone who books and plays this weekend will be entered into a draw for
*free gift certificates; we'll be doing a draw on both Saturday and Sunday!
What's happening this week- events and specials!Check back for updates as the week goes on!
All week long...
Rock Trout Cafe
Tourism Week Special- 7oz Steak, Ceasar Salad & Baked Potato with all the fixings including graving and mushrooms; only 21.95!!
Buy one pizza get second one half off! **Saturday Special- Feature Burger, it's massive; only $10!!**
Paint Night @ Rock Trout Cafe - 7pmMac Acimowin Book Launch; Memoirs of a Nocturnal Mind @ John M. Cuelenaere Public Library- 7pm
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