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Historic walking tours have returned

Popular program now includes riverside stroll

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 06:00 am

ON TOUR – Musée Héritage Museum education director Roy Toomey (blue shirt) converses with tour guests during last Thursday evening's edition of the city's historic walking tours.
ON TOUR – Musée Héritage Museum education director Roy Toomey (blue shirt) converses with tour guests during last Thursday evening's edition of the city's historic walking tours.
CANDACE ELLIOTT/St. Albert Gazette

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Historic Walking Tours

Every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
July 10 – Riverside
July 24 – Downtown
Aug. 14 – Riverside
Aug. 28 – Downtown
Sept. 11 – Riverside

Location: Meet at the Little White School (2 Madonna Dr., St. Albert)

Contact Roy Toomey at Heritage Sites at 780-459-4404 or visit for more information.

People can now get to the city a little bit better – maybe a whole lot better – thanks to the return of a popular Heritage Sites program.

The Historic Walking Tours are back for their fourth summer season and they now include a new riverside interpretive program that has Roy Toomey, the Musée Héritage Museum’s educational programmer (and tour guide), excited.

“We’ll be talking about the river, the riverlots, some of the settlers that settled along that stretch of the river…” he said. “I want to go back and talk about the pre-history of the river and even talk about the river itself: the formation of it and what’s happening to it, how it’s dying out and traditional plant uses of the things that were found along the river by the aboriginal people.”

That program takes the participants from the Little White School to the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park.

The downtown tour, a popular program in its own right, will still be held on alternating tour dates. It will feature Mission Hill and the Perron District, proceeding from the Little White School south across the bridge and down Perron Street. Points of interest will include the statue of St. Albert and the Grey Nuns mural.

“I go out to talk a little bit more about St. Albert Place and what would have been in that area, like the Ducky Dome and things like that.”

There will be six tours in total throughout the summer, including the first one that was just held this past week. The tour program runs every second Thursday. The next walk will feature the riverside program.

The tours start at 6:30 p.m. so participants are asked to show up a bit earlier to make sure that they don’t miss out on the start. There is a suggested donation of $3 to participate. It is recommended that attendees dress for the weather because the tours go rain or shine.

He talks about the school first before taking his group down Founders' Walk, across the bridge, past the site of the Bruin Inn ("one of the highlights of the trip because everybody knows about it") and into the heart of the historic downtown area.

Each tour generally takes 60 to 90 minutes, but could run longer depending on the participants.


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