County of St. Paul
The County of St. Paul is located two hours northeast of Edmonton and has a diversified economy with tourism, agriculture, and oil and gas activity. The main trade centres are the towns of St. Paul and Elk Point. ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of St. Paul’s main attraction – the world’s first UFO landing pad, which was built in 1967 as a Canadian centennial project. Watch for special celebrations in 2017 to commemorate this milestone. Adjoining the landing pad is the Visitor Information Centre. History enthusiasts will enjoy touring Musée St. Paul, a museum which showcases the town’s origins as a Métis colony, the arrival of the homesteaders and the agricultural history of the area. Explore the historic Destrubé House – a building that was owned by some of the earliest settlers northeast of St. Paul. It definitely makes an interesting attraction as part of the museum. Come to the Open House on June 11th. Stop in at Saddle Lake, located west of St. Paul, to see the Cree Indian metal sculpture and the Saddle Lake Museum. Enjoy the Pow Wow in late June annually. Just north of town, the Boscombe Country Corral hosts the annual Hillbilly Jam on July 7-9, 2017. The very popular Haying in the 30’s takes place in Mallaig early August. St. Paul’s signature event is the Lakeland Rodeo Association Finals held on the September long weekend, with a full week of festivities leading up to this event. OUTDOORS An abundance of lakes, tourist attractions, camping facilities and golf courses await visitors in the county region. Golf 18 holes in St. Paul, or further north in the County is the Mann Lake Golf Course. The County of St. Paul operates four recreation facilities: Westcove, Lac Bellevue, Stoney Lake, and Floating Stone Lake, all complete with serviced sites, showers and an on-site caretaker. Further east in the county, there are a number of lakes around Elk Point, great for boating and camping. Go camping along the North Saskatchewan River east of Elk Point at Heinsburg, or south of St. Paul in a pristine wilderness setting at the secluded Bear Ridge Campground. Visitors can also enjoy camping all summer long at Mallaig beach on Vincent Lake just south of Mallaig. MORE OUTDOORS The Iron Horse Trail, is a multi-use, recreational trail that runs the length of what was the Canadian National Railway line—starting in Waskatenau, going all the way to the Saskatchewan border. It’s popular year-round with horse riders, hikers, cyclists, skiers, snowmobilers, and ATV users. Located next to the trail, the staging area in the town of St. Paul now boasts a 14-stall shelter for wagon and horse riders looking to make a stop in town. This is in addition to the fully serviced camping sites and the pond, where visitors can fish during summer long weekends and skate in the winter. The area has plenty of room for trailers to unload ATVs and snowmobiles. It’s a perfect place to start and end a day on the trail. Other trailheads in the county are located at Mallaig, Elk Point, Lindbergh and Heinsburg. Heinsburg is a scenic spot along the North Saskatchewan River. In spring and fall, tap your toes during jamborees held at the Heinsburg Community Hall. Stop by the Railway Theme Park to see the impressive restored 60,000 gallon CN water tower and CN station. EAT SHOP STAY For some fresh produce, be sure to visit the impressive St. Paul Farmers’ Market held every Friday morning year-round at the St. Paul Recreation Centre. For a great selection of fabric, stop by Yvonne’s Gone Quilting on the Quilting Tour and for some eclectic treasures visit Loree’s Antiques & Collectibles on the Antique Tour. For a mixture of items, including native crafts, check out St. Brides Trading Post. When you are all shopped out, relax and book a stay at the Canalta Hotel in St. Paul. Looking to purchase an RV? Be sure to visit Smyl RV with locations in St. Paul and Cold Lake. For some Greek cuisine you must eat at Little Greek Dining.