St. Paul RegionSee the world's first UFO landing pad.
Iron Horse Trail
A multi-use, recreational trail that runs the length of what was the Canadian National Railway line. This is the longest continuous stretch of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta. More below...
Haying in the 30s
The very popular Haying in the 30s takes place in Mallaig early August.
Further east in the county, there are a number of lakes around Elk Point, great for boating and camping. Go camping along the North Saskatchewan River east of Elk Point at Heinsburg, or south of St. Paul in a pristine wilderness setting at the secluded Bear Ridge Campground.
St. Paul Region Attractions & Events
The world’s first UFO landing pad can be found in St. Paul. It was built as a 1967 Canadian Centennial project. Adjoining the pad is the Visitor Information Centre. History enthusiasts will enjoy touring Musée St. Paul, a museum which showcases the town’s origins as a Métis colony, the arrival of the homesteaders and the agricultural history of the area. Explore the historic Destrubé House – a building that was owned by some of the earliest settlers northeast of St. Paul. It definitely makes an interesting attraction as part of the museum.
Stop in at Saddle Lake, located west of St. Paul, to see the Cree Indian metal sculpture and the Saddle Lake Museum. Enjoy the Pow Wow in late June annually. In early July enjoy the Stoney Lake Stampede, located southeast of St. Paul. Just north of town, the Boscombe Country Corral hosts the annual Hillbilly Jam. The very popular Haying in the 30s takes place in Mallaig early August. Just down the road take in Ashmont Heritage Days. St. Paul’s signature event is the Lakeland Rodeo Association Finals with a full week of festivities leading up to this event.
An abundance of lakes, tourist attractions, camping facilities and golf courses await visitors in the county region. Enjoy an 18-hole round of golf at the St. Paul Golf Course with a fully stocked pro-shop and full service Tin Cup Restaurant. Further north in the County is the Mann Lake Golf Course. The County of St. Paul operates four recreation facilities: Westcove, Lac Bellevue, Stoney Lake, and Floating Stone Lake, all complete with serviced sites, showers and an on-site caretaker.
Further east in the county, there are a number of lakes around Elk Point, great for boating and camping. Go camping along the North Saskatchewan River east of Elk Point at Heinsburg, or south of St. Paul in a pristine wilderness setting at the secluded Bear Ridge Campground. Heinsburg is a scenic spot along the North Saskatchewan River. In spring and fall, tap your toes during jamborees held at the Heinsburg Community Hall. Stop by the Railway Theme Park to see the impressive restored 60,000 gallon CN water tower and CN station.
The Iron Horse Trail, is a multi-use, recreational trail that runs the length of what was the Canadian National Railway line. This is the longest continuous stretch of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta. The trail begins in Waskatenau, going all the way to the Saskatchewan border, with a north east branch to Cold Lake and a south east branch that ends in Lindbergh. It's popular year-round with horse riders, hikers, cyclists, skiers, snowmobilers, and ATV users. Located next to the trail, the staging area in the town of St. Paul now boasts a 14-stall shelter for wagon and horse riders looking to make a stop in town. This is in addition to the fully serviced camping sites and the pond, where visitors can fish during summer long weekends and skate in the winter. The area has plenty of room for trailers to unload ATVs and snowmobiles. It's a perfect place to start and end a day on the trail. Other trailheads in the county are located at Mallaig, Elk Point, Lindbergh and Heinsburg. Multiple staging areas, rest stops and some accommodations are distributed the length of the trail making it perfect for planning a multi-day excursion.
Eat, Shop & Stay
Twisted Fork offers locally inspired cuisine showcasing local farmers and producers with a seasonal menu and a different special each day. The peanut butter turtle cheesecake is to die for! Or you can sample the spicy pickle fries with some Lakeland Landing Pad Lager from the local Lakeland Brewing Company. For some fresh produce, be sure to visit the impressive St. Paul Farmers' Market held every Friday morning year-round at the St. Paul Recreation Centre.
Located near St. Paul is the ultimate Pow Wow Station - St. Brides Trading Post specializing in a large supply of beads, drums, home tan and commercial hides, furs, natural products, pipes and more. They carry Manitobah Mukluks, Pendleton blankets and Montania Mountain jackets, accessories, jewellery, books and so much more. Back in town, for a great selection of fabric, stop by Yvonne's Gone Quilting on the Quilting Tour, and for some eclectic treasures visit Loree's Antiques & Collectibles on the Antique Tour. When you are all shopped out, relax and book a stay at the Canalta Hotel in St. Paul. There is also a new Hampton Inn that opened in 2018 in St. Paul. Looking to purchase an RV, or need parts and service? Be sure to visit Smyl RV next to Smyl Motors in St. Paul.