Lac la Biche Mission
Lac la Biche Mission
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Lac La Biche Mission Historical Site is located on the scenic shores of Lac La Biche Lake. Originally established in 1853 by Oblate Missionaries, this National Historic Site and Provincial Resource offers guided tours of several historic buildings, historic and cultural exhibits, and yearly community events including a Canada Day Celebration held on July 1st every year. We offer guided tours, visitors must pre-book online. Les visites sont aussi disponible en francais!
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Ontario76
Sherwood Park, Canada1,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Good intro to the history of the area and the working of the Mission. Many of the original buildings are still standing. The location just off the main road makes it easy to get to. Good picnic stop for families too.
Written October 2, 2023
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George C
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Historical artifacts most interesting, special display and guided tour excellent! A great deal of care and effort has been taken in preserving without judgment.
Written August 25, 2020
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Thank you for your visit George!
Written March 8, 2021
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aurellangevin
Edmonton, Canada30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
The lac la Biche Mission is the second oldest settled site in Alberta. It was settled by Oblate Missionaries and was the site of the first printing press in Alberta and the first wheat grown in the province. It served as a stopping point for explorers and trappers traveling from the East along the Beaver River watershed and upwards to the North on the Athabasca River. It's a historical Gem that has never received the significance it deserves.
Written July 2, 2019
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Thank you Mr. Langevin for this review!
Written June 23, 2020
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Ben B
Calgary, Canada14,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Don't miss this fascinating place if you are exploring Alberta's beautiful north near Lac La Biche. The grounds are beautifully cared for, and wonderful to just walk around. We were quite amazed how many buildings have been so thoughtfully preserved. The tour was truly well done and opened up a lot of information that would otherwise be unavailable to visitors, so important to get a handle on this historic site. In talking to staff, they indicate they have backed off a bit on documenting the lives of the Catholic nuns and priests who founded and operated this site, and that is working well. The elephant in the room is a difficult chapter of the history here, namely the sad Residential School connection. It's well know that throughout the country, hundreds of children suffered abuse in the system, and the system itself was clearly designed to suppress (or worse) Aboriginal or Metis culture. We were told this had been a residential school, but there wasn't anything in the displays that addressed the darker details, or to say that this school was an exception and the kids were well taken care of. Even some sort of memorial or statue somewhere to those children whose lives were changed for the worse because of the Residential School system would have been enough to start. In the era of Truth and Reconciliation, perhaps the local Aboriginal and Metis community will someday be brought in to advise how this site can honour and respect the indigenous community, maybe sharing some stories (positive and negative) of what may have happened here, and still tell the story of the Catholic Mission. But I wouldn't let that stop anybody from visiting, and perhaps making positive suggestions in this regard. We quite enjoyed our visit, and would recommend this to anybody.
Written June 2, 2019
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Hello Ben, Thank you for your visit and for your constructive comments. Please note that we are currently working on a new exhibit to tell the history of the years our Mission was a residential school, from 1893 to 1898. It hopefully will be ready for the 2021 season.
Written June 23, 2020
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Malcolmhh50
Biggin Hill, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We had an exclusive guided tour of the site very informative.
Very historical giving background information about the area and history.
Written August 3, 2018
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Thank you for your visit Malcolm!
Written June 23, 2020
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diggamble
Fort McMurray, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
The history of the Mission was great to learn about. Awesome look into the past, very affordable to have a guide explain and tour you around the grounds!
Written July 9, 2017
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Thank you for your visit!
Written June 23, 2020
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mjsiebold
Lac La Biche, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
This quaint national historic site is a real treasure. So much history here...even a ghost! While the residential school is somewhat controversial as a feature among the local people, the preservation of this shameful piece of Canada's history needs to recognized & learned from. Truly a nicely showcased piece of Canada's formative history, with interactive guides throughout the summer months and a great celebration for Canada Day each year!
Written April 10, 2017
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Thank you for your visit! You are right, our site was a residential school from 1893 to 1898 under the Grey Nuns administration. Also, it was a boarding school and a school for residents of the area starting in 1905, administered by the Daughters of Jesus nuns, until 1963 when the site closed.
Written June 23, 2020
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