- About Us
- News & Events
- ARDN Initiatives
- Community Info
- Rural Project Library
- ARDN One Blog
ARDN is working to enhance the quality of life in rural Alberta through partnership with all of you, and we know there are so many ways that rural already rocks! Across the province there are amazing businesses, restaurants, programs, activities, communities, people, histories, landmarks and more, and we want YOU to share them. Email us information about your "rural gem" and we’ll put it on our website and share it in our newsletter.
Athabasca Landing Trail
Athabasca Landing Trail Steering Committee recently launched a new website, AthabascaLandingTrail.com, to create awareness for this partnership project to develop the historic Athabasca Landing Trail into a non-motorized recreation trail. Partners include Alberta TrailNet, two local trail groups, five municipalities (Athabasca County, Town of Athabasca, Westlock County, Sturgeon County and City of Fort Saskatchewan) and the Government of Alberta.
This place in Bruce has one of the BEST steak dinners every Friday evening. Reservations are required as the restaurant fills up quickly.
Characters from Alberta’s Past
Characters from Alberta’s history came to Bashaw’s Majestic Theatre for an evening of storytelling and desserts on January 21st during Dessert Theatre. A uniquely “Boomtown Trail” experience, Dessert Theatre is designed to showcase Alberta’s early pioneering history combined with a dash of our province’s rural charm and hospitality. Guests sample a buffet of homemade desserts while enjoying live entertainment. Of greater significance, however, is the history Dessert Theatre is making by instilling community pride, developing an understanding of where we come from, and the creation of local economic development. “Our characters are storytellers from Boomtown Trail communities. They have researched their characters and take pride in the history of their region,” says Boomtown Trail CEO, Ken Duncan. It is a pride that is contagious. Guests marvelled at the challenges faced by some of Alberta’s early settlers and original residents.
Chester Mjolsness World of Wildlife
The Chester Mjolsness World of Wildlife exhibit at the Sundre Pioneer Museum is a collection of over 170 animal and bird mounts from around the world that are portrayed in scenes of their natural habitat. The exhibit is unique in Alberta and the Safari Club International has voted this gem as one of the best of its kind in North America.
Lacombe’s Historic Main Street
Businesses, residents and civic government have all been involved in its success. The heritage Edwardian buildings are seen as a valuable community resource not only to be appreciated but to be used. City programs have supported and enhanced the vitality of this historic setting and valuable resource within the community fabric. A recent infill civic project has supported and added to the unique urban design of the street.
Star of the North Retreat Centre
Star of the North in St. Albert is an attractive and affordable alternative to pricey hotels, whether for regular meetings, AGMs, staff development seminars or longer staff/group conferences.
Sodbusters Archive Museum - Strome, Alberta
When visiting Strome, you are encouraged to make time to stop in at the Sodbuster’s Archives and Museum to "relive the memories." Thanks to the residents and pioneer spirit of Strome’s residents, it is one of the best museums in the area. Check out this magazine article on Strome (page 1, page 2, page 3)!
ARDN knows how important each individual community member is to the vibrancy of rural Alberta. Here, we’ve also included ideas about the state of rural development in Alberta. Do you have something you’d like to share? Contact Melissa for more information.
By Wendy Wiebe
Are urban Albertan’s aware of rural Alberta? Can one live in such a beautiful province and not be aware of rural Alberta? There it is, in all its magnificence – rural Alberta. Winter brings skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow shoeing, ice fishing, skating, and power sleds in a sparkling diamond encrusted winter wonderland... > Read More
RIPPLE is an online community of rural voices dedicated to rural life in the Northwest United Sates. It’s a place to connect around rural issues, learn from the experiences of rural people, and share resources that support community and economic development in rural areas. Add your voice to the conversation.
Rural Canada is Critical to Our Economic Prosperity
A Globe and Mail Blog written by David Campbell on the importance of rural communities in Canada’s economy.
|‹ Prev||Next ›|
Provincial MS Strategy Applauded
A provincial multiple sclerosis (MS) patient strategy, the first of its kind in Canada, is expected to be of great benefit to central Albertans. In the...
Read More ›
How Has The Suspension of STEP Affected Your Community?
In Budget 2013, the province suspended STEP (summer temporary employment program) as part of its fiscal restraint measures. According to the...
Read More ›
A New Publication Will Help Albertans Gain Basic Knowledge About First Nations, Metis, and Inuit People in Alberta.
“This publication offers a starting point for Albertans to learn about the...
Read More ›
Athabasca Working Towards Establishing an ODC
Ten community leaders in Athabasca are working towards establishing an opportunity development co-op (ODC) in the northern Alberta town of about 3,000. The project is...
Read More ›
BVC Unveils The Iniikokaan (Buffalo Lodge) Aboriginal Centre
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut [ah IN chut] Atleo [hat-lee-oh]; Bow Valley College President and CEO, Sharon Carry;...
Read More ›
You can view our latest newsletters or subscribe below.