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Seeing St. Albert one step at a time

Arts and heritage walking tours are back
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A pre-pandemic walking tour of St. Albert's historic sites pauses for group photo.

Most cities develop walking tours and/or self-guided tours. In the last decade there’s been a resurgence in popularity encouraging residents and tourists to explore a destination in a slow, non-tech atmosphere on foot.

Walking is the ultimate way to explore going back to caveman days when it was the only way to travel. With life speeding by at a breakneck speed, many people are anxious to slow down and enjoy the world at their own pace. And walking tours offer a quiet, contemplative and private form of touring.

Locally, the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert (AHA) has geared up for a series of popular summer art and history tours beginning in July. Some tours are a one-time event while others are offered on different days providing flexibility for preferred itineraries.

In addition to being out in fresh air, AHA has long promoted walking tours as the best way to discover landscape and culture. During a slow walk, participants can get up close to architecture, art, statues, plants, waterways and wildlife while minimizing the carbon footprint.

The cost per tour is $3 and attendees are encouraged to pre-register at artsandheritage.ca and dress for the weather.

Public Art and History Tours

Meet at Art Gallery of St. Albert

July 4 and September 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Innovation Tour

Meet at train Station, 4 Meadowview Drive

July 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mission Hill Tour

Meet at Father Lacombe Chapel

July 25 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and August 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Indigenous Plant Tour

Meet at Musée Heritage

July 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Public Art Tours

Meet at Art Gallery of St. Albert

Aug. 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Tour

Meet at Musée Heritage Museum

Aug. 8 and September 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sturgeon River Tour

Meet at Musée Heritage

Aug. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

River Lot Tours

Meet at Historic River Lots, 4 Meadowview Drive

Aug. 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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