Camrose Spray Park

Camrose Aquatic Centre Spray Park

As the cooler temperatures outside have arrived, the time has come to turn off the water at the outdoor spray park. The last day to enjoy the spray park will be on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Only 243 days until it is open for the 2017 summer season, let the countdown begin!
The Aquatic Centre is located at 5600 – 44 Avenue (Rudy Swanson Park, 53 Street and 44 Avenue).

A Vintage Train Bound for Somewhere

The countryside rolled leisurely by at 25 miles per hour, as we gazed through the windows of the vintage passenger car  trying to place each farmstead we passed by.      Coming upon usually unseen farm backyards from a railroad track is not the ordinary Highway 13 view.

The red leather seats of the beautifully refurbished car were comfortable and spacious – certainly not that tight fitting, knee banging squeeze we all unfortunately have to put up with when flying somewhere.   On the Battle River Rail Passenger Excursions, you can actually stand up straight from your seat and walk out without stepping on the toes of your companion traveler.    Such Luxury in traveling … we have all forgotten about!

Did you know that a train must blow its whistle three times at each crossing – and did you also know that there are 72 crossings between Camrose and Heisler?   That’s a lot of blowing your own horn….which the Friends of the Battle River Railway are certainly entitled to.

Decked out in traditional costumes for the period of the day, the Friends of the Battle River Railway  strolled up and down the swaying aisles, serving ice-cold lemonade and local hor’s doeurves to the passengers, and sharing the history of the landmarks passing by.  We were on a fantastic media-familiarization tour from Camrose to the Historic Heisler Hotel.

The Battle River Railway is a fully functioning short rail line with a super fun twist.  Six times in the year, the usual grain boxcars are exchanged for a beautiful, vintage passenger car  heading for somewhere special in central Alberta.  The ride leads you to a delicious country home cooked meal and entertainment somewhere along their line between Camrose and Galahad.

IMG_3015IMG_3041Looking for something special to do – Check out the excursion choices at www.friendsofbrr.com

Or phone Shara-Lynn  780-374-2180;  or Muriel 780-879-3924

Find them on Facebook : Friends of Battle River Rail

Volunteer for the Camrose Naturalization Enhancement Project

Camrose Naturalization Enhancement Project

The Camrose Wildlife Stewardship Society and volunteers planted trees along Camrose Drive in late May as part of the City of Camrose’s naturalization project. We are hoping to enhance this area to help make it look more aesthetically appealing during the early stages of development. This will involve going back to the site and pulling out long grass directly surrounding the trees so that they can grow more quickly and healthier. To accomplish this, we are looking for volunteers to help.
There will be two days for the event:
Thursday, July 14 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and
Thursday, July 21 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
If you are able to help out, please contact Katherine Rogers and provide your name, the number of people in your group, and a contact phone number.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Katherine at 780.672.0544 or klrogers@ualberta.ca.

Camrose Aquatic Centre Summer Programs

Camrose Aquatic Centre Summer Programs

There are still spots to register your child into the Camrose Aquatic Centre Summer Day Camp to keep them occupied with supervised fun and interesting activities through the entire summer. The following weeks have limited space still available, register now before they are filled:
Little Explorers (ages 4 to 7 years old)
July 11 – 15 – Rocky Road Adventures theme
July 18 – 22 – Under the Sea theme
July 25 – 29 – Wacky Wonderland theme
August 8 – 12 – Toon Town theme
August 15 – 19 – Where the Wild Things Are theme
Discovery Kids (ages 8 to 14 years old)
July 11 – 15 Jurassic Forest fieldtrip
August 15 – 19 Miquelon Lake Campout Sleepover
The program runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
To register, stop by the Camrose Aquatic Centre, call us at 780.672.9909, or email us at aquatic@camrose.ca . The Aquatic Centre is located at 5600 – 44 Avenue (Rudy Swanson Park, 53 Street and 44 Avenue).

Camrose County Campground information

Campground information:

Pelican Point Park:  Located on Buffalo Lake, 10 km east of Bashaw on Hwy 53 and 6 Km south on Pelican Point Road

Located on the north shore of Buffalo Lake you will find one of the best kept secrets in central Alberta, Pelican Point Campground. Pelican Point Campground is owned and operated by Camrose County, and features the best family beach in Alberta. You will find this beautiful spot 10 km east of Bashaw on Highway 53 and 6 km south.  Your children will enjoy the miles of soft sand that is perfect for sand castles and maintained daily by a full time campground manager. On a hot day, the whole family can cool off in a designated swimming area that will suit a non·swimmer that just wants to make a splash, to the most experienced swimmer. At the end of the day, parents can enjoy a grassed picnic area, complete with camp stoves, while the kids practice their skills on a new playground located right on the beach. Pelican Point Campground features 56 sites, new washroom facilities, complete with showers, a marina, a concession and mini-golf. During the long weekend in August take part in the sand castle contest or beach volleyball or just sit and enjoy the end of summer fireworks show.

Campground reservations are done through the Alberta Parks website and Call Centre:  ReserveAlbertaParks.ca

Features:

  • 56 sites – some with power ($31 Power, $25 unserviced)
  • Beach
  • Caretaker/manager on site
  • Day/use area
  • Fire pits
  • Firewood ($)
  • Fish cleaning stand
  • Group camping available
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Interpretive trail
  • Picnic tables
  • Showers

 

Tillicum Beach Park: Located on Dried Meat Lake, 1 km east of Camrose on Hwy 13, and then 14 km south on Highway 56.

Located on Dried Meat Lake, popular for boating and fishing, is this quiet campground.  The park has coin-operated showers, walking trails, playground, and boat launch.  There are 7 camping sites with power ($31 per night).  The campground is on the “first come – first served” basis.

New Norway Campground:

Along Highway 21 South of Camrose in the hamlet of New Norway you will find the New Norway Campground.

The campground has 5 serviced campsites as well as an un-serviced area available for use.

Registration is first come, first served and payment is on the honor system.  The serviced sites are $31 per night and un-serviced are $25 per night.  There is a Camp Kitchen and washrooms available, but no shower facilities.  New Norway has ball diamonds available for tournament use as well.

Hamlet Campgrounds:

  • Duhamel (Ross’s Flats Campground)
  • Meeting Creek
  • Round Hill