A shy little building stands along St. Vital Avenue in St. Albert in front of the landmark St. Albert Catholic Church. Beyond, a green expanse of treed grounds harbours a tranquil grotto and cemetery. Even though it looks small and humble compared to the rest, that simple structure is Father Lacombe Chapel – Alberta’s oldest building and a designated Provincial Historical Resource.
Surprised that St. Albert has this little treasure? Come and learn more about its history at Mission Hill Day on Sunday, August 14!
The doors to the chapel will be open and interpreters dressed in 1860s costumes will be waiting to give educational tours while fun activities can help transport you back to the early days of both the city and our province. Listen to stories about the pioneers and builders: Father Lacombe, Bishop Grandin, Father Leduc, and the Métis people who were the first to settle in the newly established community.
Inside the chapel, walls carefully made with stacked timbers have stood for 155 years and guided tours of the historic grounds, grotto, and crypt are available. You can sip tasty lemonade and watch local artists demonstrate period crafts like rug hooking, quilting, sock knitting, and more. Try family-friendly crafts like making plastic egg fireflies or Métis sash inspired finger woven bracelets. Of course, if you just want to admire the panoramic view of St. Albert and the Sturgeon River on the front lawn, take it all in. There’s something for everyone!
Date & time: Sunday, August 14, 2016, noon to 4:00 p.m.
Location: On Mission Hill, St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, Alberta
Admission: By donation
Wheelchair accessibility: Grotto, cemetery, Father Lacombe Chapel. The crypt is access by a short flight of stairs.
For more details, visit the Father Lacombe Chapel web site here.
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