Throw-back to Summer!
Tourism Awareness Week | Historical Museums | Downtown
Join us in looking back on our fantastic summer in this 'Did You Know' feature! The summer is coming to an end, the leaves are changing colour and the weather is chilling down.. but the warmth of summer is still there! What a whirlwind summer it has been; as always there was a tonne going on and it went by in a flash! We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have; we started the summer out with our Tourism Awareness Week in May, which was a huge success, and it all wrapped up with some great events like the: Prince Albert Polka Fest, a special Art Walk Tour, Pretty in Punk Fest, Rock my Gypsy Soul Music Festival, and more!
Tourism Awareness Week...
This year we partnered with some local businesses to encourage visitors and residents alike to get out and experience what they have to offer! Some businesses offered special deals throughout the week, others provided items for our draw and others a unique experience such as the museum day where staff dressed in period costumes! This was a fun week for everyone, and well received by the public! We really couldn't have done it without the participation of our local businesses and those who took part and advantage of the festivities!
Big thank you to all of our sponsors and participants!! Visit our blog to read more about our Tourism Week!
The Prince Albert Historical Society tells us that this summer was another good one for the books with visitation peeking at around 7,500 people!! Their summer staff enjoyed showcasing our local history, leading museum tours and downtown walking tours, and even dressed up in period costumes to celebrate Tourism Awareness Week with us! It was such a fun day and well received by those who took part! You can see the videos on our Facebook page!
New this year:
Summer Display- Miijim: Traditional Foods of the Lake of the Woods Anishinaabeg from Kenora, Ontario; visitors to the display were really excited to have a showing of indigenous culture and look forward to future exhibits!
Display case showcasing the canoe from Christopher Lake dating back to the 1920's or older!
The Herb Basset (Senior's home) outreach program was well received; participants looked through archived photos and reminisced; this program will now continue throughout the year!
Speaking of future indigenous displays.. the Historical Society is planning on turning the Connaught room (canoe room) into an indigenous room, where the entire room will be dedicated to history of first nations people in Prince Albert. *NEWS* They are happy to announce that they have received funding from the Northern Lights Community Development Corporation to consult with knowledge keepers about the history and how to present the material in a sensitive manner; this is set to take place in the next couple of years!!!
What's happening during the off-season:
Visit any museum by calling and booking a tour!
It is possible to call same day for tours of the historical museum; advance notice is required for off-site museums.
Culture Days take place September 28-30th; the Historical Society will be providing a display at the Arts Centre; check out the culture days website for other culture days events!
''Business is booming in the downtown; stores are filling up with start ups and relocations; with all of this momentum, people just want to be a part of it all'' says Executive Director Carolyn Carleton
Street Fair was, yet again, a great success with thousands of people lining the streets; the new layout and flow of the event was well received providing visitors with an even better experience! There were four stages, and it seems there are requests to use the Gazebo in 2019! You can also expect to see the riverbank utilized next year!! The addition of the Sask Express performance, sponsored by Canadian Tire, was well received and drew crowds for sure; people enjoy Street Fair so much that they are looking for more events to take place in the downtown! Cue Art Walk Tour.. Art Walk Tour
Due to all the feedback from Street Fair and interest in more events, the Prince Albert Downtown Business Improvement District made haste in bringing about the Art Walk Tour, in partnership with some of the downtown businesses and artists! As such, the first Thursday of each month were busy nights where people could come check out stores downtown and take part in the Art Walk Tour. There were artists in-house showcasing their work and providing demonstrations!
They ended the Tour with a bang by hosting historical wagon rides that drew more families to the area! Rides were scheduled every half hour with a fun bouncy castle to break up the tours; needless to say, everyone had a great time!
Summer on the Square
Summer on the Square took place on Wednesdays, you guessed it, in the square! It's a great community focused event that sees visitation by daycares, families and children's camps! Every week there's something new to take part in; fun in the bouncy castles, historical programming, face painting and more! And, with the Farmer's Market happening at the same time next door, it's great for all ages!
The PADBID is looking into hosting winter activities and invites you to take part in this year's Santa Claus parade happening on November 24th; we can't wait!! See you there!