Although the drive from Edmonton is surprisingly short, St. Albert has a small-town feel, complete with a lazy river, railway tracks, and farmland. Just north of the small downtown, I drove through a residential area with tree-lined streets and parks that seemed like a lovely place to live. The neighbourhood transitioned abruptly into grassy plains and I crossed a railway track leading off into the prairies. Alongside the track I stopped at St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, where two historic grain elevators from 1906 and 1929 and a reproduction of the 1909 railway station create a sense of days gone by. Families out for Saturday walks and bicycle rides passed by on a nice paved trail that continues through to downtown and alongside the river bank.
|Grain Elevator Park|
|St. Albert Farmers' Market|
I stopped by Canadian Tire, noting that St. Albert has all the box-store conveniences just a few minutes’ drive from downtown. Driving out of the city towards the silhouette of Edmonton’s downtown, I figured it would be worth the commute to live in this nice area.
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