Just northeast of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan is your place for unique, fun-filled adventure. Where else can you pick apples, walk through pristine wild prairie, and visit a flock of sheep all on the same day?
1) Visit the Fort Saskatchewan Sheep
Did you know that Fort Saskatchewan’s parks are maintained by sheep? Every Wednesday to Saturday from June to the beginning of September, these woolly friends can be found trimming the grass and enjoying the sunshine at parks all around town. Stop by for a visit—and be sure to bring along some pieces of apples and carrots as treats! At the beginning of September, Fort Saskatchewan also hosts an annual Sheep Leaving Parade to bid the flock farewell for the season. Even if the real sheep aren’t out and about, you can still see statues of sheep around town.
2) Pick your own apple harvest at Attracted 2 Apples
Apple-picking season is quickly approaching, and you can get your fix at Attracted 2 Apples. Pick a bushel of delicious, pesticide-free fruit, choosing among 800 trees including rare varieties such as Lucky Jack, Five of Diamonds, Misty Rose, and many more! The apple harvest kicks off around the first week of September and usually sells out within the first few weekends, so be sure to make it out early for the best pickings. Bring your own bags or buckets, and remember that purchases are cash only!
3) Take a class at the Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild
Refine your pottery skills or learn something brand new at this community art space and workshop! Classes for Fall 2021 include beginner and intermediate pottery classes, as well as workshop time. Class registration is on September 11, 2021, from 10–2 pm, at the Pottery Guild, inside the Dow Centennial Centre. The guild also offers pottery sales throughout the year; find the perfect piece for your home or to give as a gift.
4) Immerse yourself in nature at the Fort Saskatchewan Prairie
Located along the southern edge of the North Saskatchewan River, this 13-hectare natural area is one of only three preserved areas of wild prairie in the Edmonton region. As you walk along the trails, look for rare native plants, including prairie violets and long-leaved bluets, as well as animals such as deer, porcupines, and even moose. Plenty of interpretive signage is available to teach you more about the history and ecology of the prairie as you walk.
5) Enjoy a round at Fort in View Golf Course
This unique golf course boasts 27 holes, allowing you to play a different round with each visit! The variety of holes means that no matter your skill level, you’ll be sure to have fun on the green. You can also hone your skills on their chipping and putting greens, as well as the driving range. A fully-stocked pro shop and clubhouse restaurant mean that you’ll have everything you need for a memorable day of golf.