Sunday fun at Rutherford House and Father Lacombe Chapel


Looking for affordable family-friendly activities for this weekend? On Sunday, July 23, Rutherford House is hosting its annual Sunny Summer Fair and Father Lacombe Chapel offers a Taste of the Past.

Sunny Summer Fair Returns to Rutherford House

RH_ViolinistThe chance to experience history first-hand is tucked away in our own backyards. This summer, explore one of the places built by a family that shaped the early days of our province. On July 23, come visit and try your hand at a variety of classic carnival games and activities at the 8th annual Sunny Summer Fair hosted by Rutherford House.

From noon to 4 p.m., you can play croquet, relax and listen to stories for all ages, or take a photo in our photo booth, all the while enjoying an afternoon of musical entertainment. Support Edmonton’s local artisans and vendors, including Peacock and Lime and Steeped Tea, at our outdoor market while sipping on a refreshing beverage and enjoying a bag of fresh popcorn!

The Rutherford House Gift Shop will also be open for unique merchandise including specialty tea, old-fashioned candy and toys, kitchenware and one-of-a-kind gifts for all ages.

The Details

When: Sunday, July 23 from noon to 4 p.m. (the site is open until 5 p.m.)

Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive NW (University of Alberta campus)

Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for youth aged 7-17, and $20 for a family. Children six and under are free.

Learn more about Rutherford House

Can’t make it to the Sunny Summer Fair? Come back another day to experience the history and charm of Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site. Located on the University of Alberta campus – just across the North Saskatchewan River from the Alberta Legislative Grounds – it’s a lovely place to stop on a warm summer day.

In 1911 Alberta’s first Premier, Alexander Rutherford, moved into this lovely brick home near the newly established University of Alberta. Today the Post-Edwardian style home and the beautiful surrounding gardens have been restored to their former glory.  Costumed interpreters will usher you through the doors and back to a time renowned for its gracious charm.

Also keep in mind that Rutherford House hosts many special events throughout the year such as the annual Robert Burns celebration (mid-January), the Easter Eggstravaganza (Easter weekend), Alberta Culture Days (end of September) and A Christmas Past (December).

Keep up with events and activities by following Rutherford House on Facebook.

Treats and History at Father Lacombe Chapel

On Sunday, July 23 you’re invited to step back in time for a taste of history at the Father Lacombe Chapel’s Taste of the Past event. Taste

Between noon and 4 p.m. you can savour historical foods like tourtière, borscht, thumbprint cookies, home-made ice cream and many other delicious treats! Sit in the shade and enjoy the view or take a walk with one of the interpreters to discover more about St. Albert’s history through tours of Mission Hill.

Father Lacombe Chapel was built by Father Albert Lacombe and local Métis in 1861. The site gave rise to the St. Albert Mission, the religious and cultural centre of French-speaking and Métis communities in the area and formed the heart of the present day city of St. Albert.

Father Lacombe Chapel is located adjacent to St. Albert Catholic Parish (7 St. Vital Avenue), just off St. Albert Trail. Admission is by donation to the St. Albert Food Bank. For more information visit the website or call 780-459-7663 (dial 310-000 for toll free access within Alberta).


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