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The Grace Campbell Art Gallery located at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library offers local, provincial, and national exhibitions.
Head on over to the Prince Albert Arts Centre. This national heritage property was built in 1892 as a town hall, and at times was used as a playhouse. Since 1970 the building has been home to the Little Gallery, where excellent art works and shows are displayed. Located at 1011 Central Avenue. (maps at Tourism centre)
Do Not Miss - Located at 142 – 12th Street West are the E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts and the Art Gallery of Prince Albert. The Rawlinson Centre features many local and international talents in both visual and performing arts. A Cup of Tea/Coffee: Stop by the local art cafés and while you sip on some coffee or specialty drinks check out the art work at the Bison Café (Red Door Gallery) located at 1210 Central Avenue. Shananigan’s Coffee and Dessert Bar also has local art and a funky atmosphere. Sit back and relax in this trendy café, located on the corner of 21st Street West and 6th Avenue West. Also stop by Amy’s on Second to experience fine dining, cappuccino and artistic display, located on 2nd Avenue West across from the South Hill Mall. In the historic downtown, you’ll be pleased with the history mixed with 100 and 200 year old art, including some rare First Nations Art at the Prince Albert Historical Museum, River Street and Central Avenue.
At the north end of Kinsmen Park, you’ll find the First Presbyterian Church (Mission House), built in 1872 by the Reverend James Nisbet, founder of Prince Albert. It is made of hand-hewn timber and was used as a church and mission school.
Take a drive down 4th Avenue West and located at 1401 is Sacred Heart Cathedral (mass times). Built in 1914, much of the original stained glass and marble work remains in place.Take a drive: On 15th Street West and continue past the Prince Albert Penitentiary. Just past the penitentiary is St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Cemetery. It was part of a religious complex known as Emmanuel College, which provided theological and other higher education training to young men of Aboriginal and European descent. Constructed in 1874, the church operated as an integral part of the college until 1907. Emmanuel College was moved to Saskatoon after the city had hit hard times when the La Colle Falls project fell through. The cemetery contains graves of many settlers and of many of the volunteers and Mounted Police officers killed in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.
Back to town: Located on 15th Street East behind Dairy Queen is St. Alban’s Cathedral (church service times). St. Alban’s was built in 1905, a 1912 Casavant pipe organ is played here. Take a look at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church built in 1906, there are unique stained glass windows and a 1930 Casavant pipe organ. Located on the corner of 12th Street East and 1st Avenue East.
Check out Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church located at 305 6th Street East. This unique building will definitely catch your interest! One divine liturgy in English is offered each month; all other divine liturgies are in Ukrainian.
This tour begins at the Tourism Visitor Centre: 3700—2nd Ave. West
The Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections, an original Northwest Mounted Police guardroom built in 1888, houses items used by the Northwest Mounted Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, city police, federal penitentiary, and city jails. No fee.
The Evolution of Education Museum displays items used in the days of one-room schools. The building is the original Claytonville schoolhouse, which was built in 1919 and held up to 75 students. (No fee). Also note the Ukrainian Monument at the south end of the tourism parking lot. This monument is dedicated to the Ukrainian settlers in Prince Albert.
Don’t miss: The York boat also located at the south end of parking lot. This is a reproduction of the type of boat used extensively in the Canadian fur trade from the late 18th century right into the 20th century.
Next Stop: Diefenbaker House Museum From 2nd Avenue West, turn west onto 22nd street, then north (right) on 3rd Avenue, and right again on 19th street West. Here you will find the former home of the Right Honorable John G. Diefenbaker. Affectionately called ’Dief the Chief’ by some, Mr. Diefenbaker maintained ownership of the house during his time as Canada’s Prime Minister. The house is furnished with some of the original furnishings and some of the items he used while he was in Ottawa. The Diefenbaker House is open for visitors and tours seasonally. (Prince Albert was the home riding for three prime ministers: John G. Diefenbaker, Wilfrid Laurier, and William Lyon McKenzie King).
Prince Albert Historical Museum located at the end of Central Avenue on the riverbank, was built in 1912 as the Prince Albert Central Fire Hall. It served as the fire hall for nearly sixty years. In 1975, it was converted into the museum, which houses three floors of archives, artifacts, fascinating stories, & displays tracing the history of the local fur trade, First Nations, the early mission and settlement of Prince Albert, the Northwest Rebellion, and much more. Museum opens May long weekend for the season. Special arrangement for off season tours. Be sure to ask for a guided tour of historic downtown Prince Albert!
To create your own photo journal of historic buildings, visit historic downtown, the cathedral area on the west side and mid town on the east side, and also the West Hill. Don’t miss the old opera house, now the Prince Albert Arts Centre at 1010 Central Avenue, the courthouse at Central Ave and 19th Street, Keyhole Castle at 20th street and 1st Ave. East, and many more homes and estates. Ask for a copy of the Downtown Historic Settlement Tour, and don’t miss the Historic Churches Tour (above). Wandering or driving through any of Prince Albert’s old neighborhoods you’ll find architecture from many different periods and styles. It was, and still is, a multi-cultural and eclectic mix of folks who settled in Prince Albert & District—do a little research at the museum and feel like an explorer.
Take Hwy 302 East, from 15 Str. East, approx 38kms to take you to the Saskatchewan River Forks where the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers meet. Don’t follow the curve in the road at the 4.5 km mark; keep going straight. The road you are on will take you directly into the Forks Recreational and Picnic area. A 0.5 km walk along the path leads to the two rivers, which contain trophy pickerel, goldeye and sturgeon. (Scenic).On the way back: Heading back from the Forks, stay on the River Road for 24 KMs. Turn right at the yield sign and after 2 km take a ride on the Cecil Ferry River Crossing which operates seasonally 7 am to midnight and is free. When you’ve crossed the North Saskatchewan, follow the grid road for 4 km; turn left (west) on Hwy 55 to Prince Albert. Visit Little Red 5km before you get to the city.
Kristi Lake Nature Trail: Ask for the brochure with self guided trail map
Little Red River Park on Hwy 55, 5kms from the city bridge, offers 1200 acres of forest, maintained in its natural state. This park is one of the most scenic natural parks in Canada and is located within city limits. (After the Battle of Little Big Horn, some of Sitting Bull's tribe camped in the upper plain area). Try the swinging bridge, the sandy hills, hike, have a picnic & cook out on one of many fireplace sites. Visit the Cosmo Lodge for washrooms & refreshments. Little Red offers numerous trails for hiking, biking and in the winter cross-country skiing, sledding, snow boarding & more. No park fees.
The Prince Albert Kiwanis Nature Trail is located on the north side of the North Saskatchewan River. This trailhead starts at the Highway #55 exit and travels east for seven kilometers into Little Red River Park. Information kiosks are located along the pathway and identify the ecology, flora and fauna in the area.
On the south side of the River, now part of the Rotary Trail is paved asphalt surface that runs from Mair Park, 15th Ave. West to 15th Avenue East along the riverbank. The paved portion is ten kilometers in length and winds through natural aspen stands, play areas, historical sites, and historic downtown (hiking, biking, dog walking, roller skating); the new Rotary Trail has expanded these paths around the city—(see new maps).
Visit the Vintage Power Machines south on Hwy 11 - past the Tourism Centre south on the highway to Mac Dowall- 7km from Prince Albert, just watch for the signage on the west side of the highway. Enjoy the vintage equipment and the new museum - run by the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert and volunteers. The guides on site are very knowledgeable. The site also hosts a popular threshing festival each year.
Tourism Visitor Centre : 3700—2nd Ave. West. Stop in at the Visitor Centre to pick up maps and guides as well as further information.