Explore Camrose for Exciting Events and the Best Places to Eat, Drink and Shop!

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 This summer, pack up the family or a car full of friends and #GoEastofEdmonton to Explore Camrose! This bustling city features a wide selection of attractions including recreational facilities, stunning parks, and scenic golf courses. Shopping is aplenty, and there are several restaurants and breweries to end your day with. Check out our list below of some of the great businesses and amenities Camrose and area has to offer.

Attractions

Camrose has plenty of entertaining and enjoyable stops to check out during your visit.

The Camrose Resort Casino is a first-class gaming facility, offering 200 slot machines, 12 gaming tables, and a poker room. They also regularly feature live entertainment, so plan enough time to play the tables before experiencing one of their many tribute shows or dinner theatres.

A popular enjoyment for kids is the  Mirror Lake Express train! At 92 feet in total length, it carries 24 passengers around the vicinity of Mirror Lake. It operates during summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission is from 5:30-8:00pm for $3.00 each. Children 2 & under get free rides!

For history buffs, the Camrose Heritage Railway Station & Park gives you a chance to tour the 1911 Canadian Northern Railway Depot and 13 spectacular heritage gardens.

Aviators won’t want to miss Alberta’s Littlest Airport, a model aircraft flying site, complete with RC model aircraft supplies and just a short half-hour drive east of the City of Camrose.

In need of some fresh produce and homemade goods? Stop by one of Camrose’s many weekly farmers’ markets! On Thursday afternoons enjoy the Rose City Farmers’ Market and then on Thursday evenings head to the Downtown Camrose Farmers’ Market for farm-fresh goods and a variety of other tasty treats! If you find yourself in town on the weekend, head to Camrose Saturday Farmers’ Market featuring home-cooked produce, meat, crafts, baking, and food specialties. Open year-round.

Exciting Events

Come check out these cool community events! 

July 23 TRAVIS DOLTER DRIVE-IN CONCERT
Come out to Camrose on July 23rd at 8pm for a Drive in Concert. After a successful Drive in Concert just over a year ago, Travis Dolter and his band are excited to come back and perform again. All Proceeds go to the Camrose Food Bank. Tickets are $20 per vehicle with the option of buying a VIP Table of 4 for $100. There are limited tables available so get your tickets today. Travis Dolter plays a variety of music and his show is sure to include something for everyone! If you would like to hear Travis before the show you can stream his music on all streaming platforms.

July 24 CHRISTMAS IN JULY – DOWNTOWN CAMROSE
Head to Downtown Camrose to browse the awesome deals for their Christmas in July One Day Sale!

July 24 – THE ROYALS & THE RAILWAY
Dress in 1920s Garden Party attire  and get fancy! Sit and enjoy musical entertainment, tour the beautiful Railway Gardens, and view displays of Royal visits to Canada through the years.

July 24-25 – CAMROSE AIR SHOW
Enjoy the Camrose Drive-In Airshow Buy carload admission and find the answers to all of your airshow questions at camroseairshow.com. Featuring inspiring performances by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, CF-18 Hornet Demonstration & CH-146 Griffon Tactical Helicopter!

 Aug 8 – A DAY ON THE TRAIN – BATTLE RIVER RAILWAY EXCURSIONS
Get Out of the City! Travel by passenger train to small town Alberta, where you will dine in a vintage hotel, visit, and hear stories at the historic St. Martin’s Catholic Church, and purchase some of the world’s best sausage at the Heisler General Store. Local entertainment is sure to please. A perfect outing for retirees, families or friends looking for a slice of the country at an easy pace. Great way to shake off the COVID pandemic blues! The adventure starts at the Kelsey loading site, find ticket information in the title linked above.

Aug 14-15 – ALBERTA OPEN FARM DAYS
Hit the road and visit your local farmer for the 9th annual Alberta Open Farm Days.
Alberta Open Farm Days is a collaborative, province-wide, two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from.

Aug 14 – EXPLORE FARM TO FORK – BATTLE RIVER RAILWAY
On Saturday, August 14, Explore Farm to Fork by Train (Starts at the Kelsey loading site.)
Travel by train to meet your rural neighbours on this unique Open Farm Days event.  Enjoy locally grown snacks & beverages in the open-air gondola car.

 September 18 – OKTOBERSTOCK – A BAVARIAN EXPOSITION – Camrose Regional Exhibition
Hosted by the Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE), enjoy Oktoberstock, an exciting new one-day fall festival. A truly unique event, it’s a twist on the traditional German Oktoberfest, featuring a day of activities that promote the diversity of the community of Camrose and the region. Local musicians, folk and original performers will entertain gusts, and food will be presented in an affordable format that will facilitate community-wide accessibility. Oktoberstock promises to be a great event the whole family can enjoy. Follow the CRE Facebook page for more information, including tickets.

Outdoors

Camrose County is known for its beautiful outdoor space, great for activities the whole family will enjoy.

In the City, there are twenty educational and historic points of interest depicting the development stages of Camrose and are strategically placed along the 3 km walking paths surrounding the beautiful reflective Mirror Lake. The surrounding park presents outstanding natural settings for picnics with the family, cycling, or beautiful leisurely walks.

Offering up many recreational opportunities, Little Beaver Lake is open to kayak and canoe enthusiasts alike. Or, head to Meeting Creek and discover a perfect environment for naturalists, bikers/hikers, artists, photographers, kids and historians. While you’re getting back to nature, make sure to visit the Heritage Railway Station from 1913 and the Heritage Grain Elevator from 1917 (indoor areas by appointment only).

Visitors are welcome to take in the scenic viewpoints at the Pleasure Island Fish Pond, perfect for a family outing. Take a stroll and even bring your pets while you check out the various birding activities at 30 birdhouses along the path.

Discover a hidden gem at Telegraph Park! A tranquil backdrop to Hay Lakes, Telegraph Park boasts superb picnic, playground and camping facilities, as well as an amphitheatre, stocked trout pond and the newest addition: a handmade dog wheel. Hike along winding trails or enjoy fishing for brown and rainbow trout.

Golfing & Camping

Have some time for a game? Camrose and area have plenty of golf courses for amateurs and pros alike.

Established in 1922, the Camrose Golf Course is a City of Camrose owned and operated, 18-hole public course. The course provides all amenities required by both the recreational golfer and the golfer seeking additional challenges to their game.

Stay a day, or stay awhile with your big rig at the Camrose Exhibition Trail RV Park – a full-service campground with modern facilities.

The Silver Creek Golf Course is a beautiful 27-hole course, surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling grain lands that strategically wind around the former farm’s historic barn, now a clubhouse and restaurant. Just a short 15-minute drive from Camrose, this course is complete with a fully-stocked pro shop, power carts, licenced restaurant, and plenty of overnight campsites.

Experience friendly service and family atmosphere which has been the trademark at Bashaw Golf and Country Club for over 100 years. Featuring a campsite, restaurant, and golf shop, you’re sure to have a great day of golf in store!

In addition to their 18-hole course and driving range, Whistle Stop Golf and Campground features a fully-licensed restaurant and campground for an extended stay. For events, book The Station: a banquet facility that seats up to 65 guests. Catering is available for all occasions in the off-season from October to April.

Beautiful and scenic, Country 9 Golf Course is one of the county’s most inviting golf destinations. With its established 9-hole course, Country 9 welcomes golfers of all levels and offers challenges for everyone.

Set in a beautiful valley surrounded by lush trees and wide-open fields, Double Dam Golf Course is the perfect place to spend time in the outdoors. It features both 18 and 9-hole courses, as well as an onsite campground.

Located adjacent to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Miquelon Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole hidden gem. The course is mature and beautifully lined with trees and has an abundance of hills.

Many of these courses have onsite camping available, and Camrose has over twenty campgrounds for you to choose from!

One of Alberta’s best-kept secrets, Pelican Point Campground. Plenty of amenities, great for families, and it features a beautiful beach, so you can enjoy a day in the sun!

Whether you’re in the mood for fishing, boating, canoeing, or just relaxing by the water, Tillicum Beach Campground is the perfect spot for a summer getaway.

Only planning on spending the day? Nature Conservation Centre is a spectacular day camping spot. Take out the canoe, birdwatch, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, and even see if you can catch some rainbow trout!

Great for tent-ers and RV-ers alike, Miquelon Provincial Park Campground offers spacious powered and unserviced sites. A fantastic family destination complete with hiking trails, mountain biking, and playgrounds for the kids!

Eat

A day of activity means you’re going to be working up an appetite. You deserve a great meal, and Camrose has plenty to offer!

For authentic Scandinavian lunches and irresistible snacks, visit The Lefse House! This quaint and friendly coffee shop and gift gallery is reminiscent of the old country, making it an experience in itself.

Eats Restaurant is home to the Friday night Seafood Buffet and Sunday brunch. Enjoy freshly made entreés, daily specials, and themed buffets throughout the year. For an intimate dinner for two or a celebration with family and friends, their casual atmosphere and diverse menu options are sure to please.

As a restaurant and wine bar inside a house built in 1918, Hart House Wine & Tapa offers a unique dining experience. The food is small-batched and locally sourced, so you can trust the quality. Wines, beers and liquors are hand-selected and paired with menu items.

Enjoy the warmth and coziness of Gravity Lounge as you relax and catch your favourite sporting events on the big screen TV. They offer a full menu, complimentary snacks, a great happy hour and daily drink specials.

Hagar’s Café is known for its incredible buffet and the freshest salad bar in town. This family-friendly restaurant is sure to cook you up something you will love.

For special occasions, meetings, or just stepping out, get a fantastic meal at the Odin Room! With their warm hospitality and terrific food, they are sure to satisfy the most discerning palate.

Located in historic downtown Camrose, The Borough, is a new favourite to the Camrose dining scene. Locally owned and operated, they offer a farm-to-table approach with sourcing as many local products as possible. This year, they expanded to welcome The Borough on the Green at The City of Camrose Golf Course. They uniquely offer a beverage cart service, along with the famous Borough Smash Burgers, and of course, the a golfers favourite Borough street dog! Golfers can even order directly from the 9th hole!

At Retro, you’ll find a full food service and beverage menu including amazing hand-battered fish ‘n’ chips, seafood, burgers and more!

Truffles Restaurant offers home-cooked quality food with great hospitality. Known for their steak and seafood, this restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Shopping

Don’t forget to leave some time for a little shopping spree while you’re in the city! Camrose has plenty of options for clothing, gifts, art, and more!

Just a short 10-minute drive northeast of Camrose is Buckskins Emporium: this hidden gem carries adult and kids clothing, home décor, seasonal decorations, jewellery, body pampering products, kitchen and bath, specialty snacks, steel farm toys and so much more!

If you’re searching for unique original art, make sure you drop by Candler Art Gallery & Picture Framing. They also feature a selection of art supplies, essential oils, rocks & crystals, and new age books and music.

Bring along some friends for a fun afternoon at Fox & Fable Book & Game Cafe and bookstore! Come for a beer, coffee, or meal, and stay for a game. With more than 200 board games, you’ll never get bored!

Looking for something special for the youngsters? Kaoz Kidz has you covered whether it’s brand name clothing, toys, diamond paintings, helium balloons and a gently used section.

Pop culture fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out Quantum Comics. They offer a wide selection of comic books, graphic novels, games, novelties, t-shirts and much more! You’re sure to find something you love.

Bellissima Fashions is your “go-to location” for Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, and other unique designers from around the world. They strive to offer quality fashion for the contemporary woman, so you’re sure to find something you love. 

Focusing on fashionable comfort, Sole City Shoes features nearly 7000 square feet of brand name footwear for ladies and men. Featuring quality brands such as Birkenstock, Columbia, Guess, Keds, Merrell, Sketchers, Steve Madden, Toms, and many more!

Bra Necessities specializes in undergarment fittings with personal, professional help the moment you walk in the store. No appointment is necessary. Sizes range from A – L cup, 28 – 54 band, so you don’t have to struggle to find your size. Cup-sized swimwear, sleepwear, loungewear, men’s SAXX underwear, and gifts are also available.

Styles for everyone can be found at Trendy Walrus, with a selection of products exclusively from brands that are ethically sourced and strive to give back to the global community. These brands include Levi’s Kuwalla Tee, Spiritual Gangster, and Tentree. Shop in-store or online!

From cozy and casual to your perfect look for a night out, Twig has it all! Offering eclectic fashions, jewelry, shoes, and giftware, you’ll find exactly what you were looking for. Now offering books and home and beauty products! Stop by the store, or check out what they have to offer online.

Duff Layton’s Men’s Wear offers the largest selection of menswear in the city from quality casual and formal clothing.

Fringe Benefits offers unique, affordable fashions for the contemporary woman. This beautiful boutique also offers unique jewellery, beautiful bags, and stunning accessories!

“Experience the Elegance Within” at Tish’s Fashions & Finery, offering a beautiful selection of formal wear for weddings, graduations, and other special occasions. With a wide variety of designer brands, shoes, and accessories, you’re sure to find an outfit that makes you stand out!

We all love relaxation in a tranquil setting, so why not enjoy unique bath and body products made with natural, ethically sourced ingredients? Nature has all the answers to treat your mind and body with what it deserves at Lakehouse Naturals Soap Company.

Cloud 9 Day Spa is a non-franchise full-service day spa! Their team members include registered massage therapists and fully certified estheticians and sugaring/threading techs. Specialty offers include PreNatal, MVA, hot stone, sport and trigger point therapy, and Myofascial Cupping. Other services include manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, tinting, threading, sugaring, and teeth whitening.

Check out the new Sweeterie opening August 6th and offering an assortment of sweets including Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, donuts and macarons, located at 4812-48 Street.

Why go far when you can stock up on locally produced food? Lazuli Farms specializes in farm-raised meats, local foods, and artisanal goods. Shipped right to your doorstep anywhere in Alberta.

Another favourite is Irving Farms, who offers a wide range of pork products. Visit their farm or order online.

Drink

Start your adventures with a coffee from these local favourites!

An eclectic, cozy coffee house and cafe right in the middle of downtown. Fiona’s Coffee & Gifts offers delicious fresh sandwiches, vegetarian & vegan and gluten-free options. Returning patrons love their selection of coffee and fresh sandwiches.

You can’t go wrong with a coffee and baked treat from Fika Coffeehouse. With options like delicious waffles, freshly baked bagels and other treats, you’ll be coming back again and again.

Camrose Crafted

Did you know the Camrose area has 5 local breweries and distilleries? Check out these great local flavours of the area when you #ExploreCamrose.

Despite the name, there’s nothing common about the Kentucky Common from Battle River Brewery. Being the choice of beer in Louisville before prohibition, this beer brings back a little taste of history and a worthy, delicious tradition. It’s a good choice if you’re keen on diversifying your beer palate! The Jamboree may be simply made, but that works to its advantage. Why change up a good thing when it’s perfect as is? So, what are you waiting for? Stop by for some: Good. Simple. Beer.

New brewery alert! Keep an eye out in the Rosalind area for Detention Brewing. Built on the site of the former Rosalind School, they’ll craft beers using a small hatch system to retain a special, unique taste for all. Keep an eye out for the Coffee Cree Ale, it sounds delish!

Have you tasted spirits made from locally-grown sugar beets yet? You’ve got your lucky opportunity at Back40 Distillery! We hear it adds a unique taste to the spirits… All Back40 products are 100% gluten-free, so even if you have special dietary requirements, you’re in luck! Also, their products are varied from clear to dark liquors so you’re sure to find one that fits your taste. Recent Alberta Beverage Awards –
Ol’ Apple Betty – 4 years in a row
Farmers Blend – 2 years in a row
Smooth Oak Blend – first year

You can’t go wrong with a classic brew from Norsemen Brewing! Inspired from old Norse legends, the brewery embraces their values and community nature, crafting flavours to fit everyone’s palettes. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and preservative-free, it’s the perfect place for the perfect beer. Conveniently located within the Norsemen Hotel, it’s a great spot for a pint & bite to eat!

A family-run small business, True North Cider brews authentic cider made from 100% Canadian grown apples. With a 3 core line up of an original “classic” dry, kinda sweet (aka the perfect balance) and raspberry hopped for a combination taste. Newest on the docket is the watermelon mint. Apparently, drinks “like a mojito” a.k.a. the perfect summer sipper!

Stay

A wide selection of hotels and motels are available for you to make your stay a long one!

Featuring an on-site restaurant, universal gym, complimentary breakfast, and indoor pool, you’re going to want to check into Camrose Resort and Casino by Best Western! Sip a drink in the cocktail lounge, try your luck at the casino, and enjoy a comfortable room with plenty of amenities.

Near downtown, you’ll find R&R Inn & Suites, which offers continental breakfast, air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, internet/wireless, meeting facilities, and free parking.

Canalta Camrose has a variety of amenities for an enjoyable stay. Offering breakfast available, coffee/tea maker, exercise/fitness facilities, hot tub, indoor pool with waterslide, internet, air conditioning, wireless, meeting facilities, and free parking. The hotel is also pet friendly and 100% smoke-free!

For everything you need, book your stay at Norsemen Inn. Services include convention facilities, air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, bar, internet/wireless, meeting facilities, free parking, restaurant, and they’re pet friendly!

The Ramada Camrose is 100% smoke-free and features air conditioning, breakfast available, coffee/tea maker, fitness facilities, pool, waterslide, meeting facilities, free parking, and is pet friendly.

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