5 Things to Do In… Camrose

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Just over an hour southwest of Edmonton along Highway 21, Camrose is a city alive with history and charm that’s well worth the drive. Enjoy a show, find great food and gifts, walk through the past, and kick back and relax with the best of Camrose.

At 110 years old, Bailey Theatre is Alberta’s oldest vaudeville theatre—and it’s still putting on amazing shows for the people of Camrose every week. Photo courtesy of Bailey Theatre.

1) Take in a show at the Bailey Theatre
Be a part of a tradition stretching back 110 years with a night out at the Bailey Theatre! Albert’s oldest vaudeville theatre is now a fully-updated, 396-seat performance space that hosts new shows nearly every week. See concerts and tribute acts, film screenings, stage shows, and much more in a truly historic setting. The theatre is also home to the annual Battle River’s Got Talent performance showcase. You can find a schedule of upcoming performances on their website.

2) Walk through the past at the Camrose Heritage Railway Museum & Park
Operational between 1911 and 1988, today the Camrose Heritage Railway Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the Canadian Northern Railway. While the museum itself, located inside the railway depot, is only open May to September, you can enjoy ample park space and beautiful gardens year-round. You can also visit a variety of heritage buildings across the grounds, including a watchman’s shed, storage shed, and bunkhouse. The onsite library and archives, containing original documents as well as reference materials, are available by appointment.

3) Find gifts and more at Buckskins Emporium
This charming, year-round country store truly has something for everyone! Their cheerful red barn exterior invites you into a wonderland full of unique gifts, home decor, clothing, and more. Head out in November to find great gifts and decor for the holidays as Buckskins transforms into a merry and bright Christmas shop. Buckskins is located 15 minutes out of downtown Camrose, 8 km north along Highway 833 and 6 km east along Range Road 474.

4) Pick up delicious seasonal veggies from Grey Arrow Farm
Fall is the season for delicious root vegetables and squashes, which you’ll find plenty of at Grey Arrow Farm. This family farm offers onsite produce pickup as well as pickup in Camrose, Edmonton, and Sherwood Park—orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance. Right now, you can get red & golden beets, carrots, potatoes, onions, sugar pumpkins, and more! During the rest of the year, you can find an even greater array of organic, seasonal vegetables, as well as saskatoon berries from their orchard. Sign up for their CSA box to receive weekly assortments of farm-fresh, organic goodies; signups for the 2022 season open soon!

5) Stay for a meal—or a night—at Cherry Lane Bed & Breakfast
Can’t fit all your Camrose adventures in one day? Spend a night at the nearby Cherry Lane B&B, a restored 1927 heritage home featuring four cheerful, themed rooms: The Seaside Room, The Garden Room, The Western Room, and The Romance Suite. The latter features a king-sized bed and two-person jacuzzi! Enjoy your breakfast (or a stop-in for lunch or dinner) at the cafe & licenced saloon, serving up hot, homemade meals with hearty Alberta flavours. Cherry Lane also offers onsite camping with power as well as picnic tables and firepits. You can find Cherry Lane B&B 25 minutes southwest of Camrose along Highway 56.

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