7 Things to Do Around Stony Plain
Stony Plain is a quiet town about a 40-minute drive from downtown Edmonton. Since it’s a fair distance from the hustle and bustle of the city, people mistakenly assume there’s nothing to do – this couldn’t be further from the truth!
In fact, Stony Plain offers a wide variety of fun experiences for residents and visitors alike. Once you see all of the options available to you, you may just want to call this diverse little bedroom community home!
1. Learn Some History
The rural location makes Stony Plain the perfect place to learn more about Canada’s history. At the Multicultural Heritage Centre, you can tour some historic buildings, visit the art gallery, or taste some of the best pie around. The Pioneer Museum is a living history museum that features a variety of older buildings – and all of the things that belong inside. You can check out homes from different eras, along with other types of buildings like a schoolhouse and a blacksmith. The museum also offers fun festivals throughout the summer.
2. Take a Mural Walk
In the late 1980s, the town decided to commemorate its history in a lovely way: by painting murals along the walls throughout the town. Today, there are 32 different paintings showcasing various points in history. These paintings make the town more beautiful, but they also offer you a unique opportunity to learn more about what life was like in the past. The Stony Plain mural guide will show you where to find all of the murals.
3. Have Family Fun at the Festivals
Throughout the year, residents of Stony Plain come out to have some family fun at the various festivals. Most revolve around celebrating the holidays. For instance, at the Christmas Light Up, you’ll see the town’s Christmas lights come to life for the first time of the season while enjoying hot chocolate and singing Christmas carols. The Canada Day celebration includes a car show, BBQ, and live entertainment. Each year, the biggest event is the three-day Farmers’ Days Rodeo and Exhibition. In addition to the rodeo, there’s a midway with carnival games and all of your favourite carnival foods.
4. Become One with Nature
Stony Plain is a great location for those who love to get out of the house and into the wild. The Willow Park Natural Area offers you the chance to walk through wildlife habitats. You’re likely to see birds and other small critters. With its playground and picnic areas, Whispering Waters Park is a popular destination once the weather starts to warm up. Best of all, Stony Plain has an intricate trail system that connects many of the parks throughout the town.
5. Find Your Peace
Nestled in the downtown Stony Plain area, you’ll find the beautiful Shikaoi park. This is a Japanese-style garden with ponds and flowers, and it connects residents with those in the Japanese sister town of Shikaoi. People love to come here to relax and meditate, and it’s a great spot to take family pictures, especially when all the flowers are blooming.
6. Play Your Favourite Sports
If you live in Stony Plain, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to play your favourite sport, no matter what it is. You can play hockey at the Glenn Hall Centennial Arena or in the outdoor rinks when the weather is cold enough. There’s also a curling club, tennis courts, and a golf course. Those who have more extreme tastes like spending time at the skate park or BMX track. There’s truly something for everyone.
7. Shop Local
While you probably don’t mind heading to big-name stores like Safeway or the Co-op Food store when you need to pick up your groceries, living in a small town like Stony Plain also offers you plenty of opportunities to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts from local small businesses. For instance, you might get some great housewares or gifts at Shelly’s Finds, quilting supplies at Sewing with Class, or some New Age crystals at Gypsy Chicks. The town puts out a shopping guide so you can easily find locally-owned businesses for all of your needs.
Stony Plain has a quaint charm you don’t find just anywhere. If you’ve been dreaming about a quiet lifestyle in a supportive community of friendly faces, it’s time to check out what Stony Plain has to offer. Our Westerra showhome will give you a brief glimpse into what your new life could be like.
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