What to do in the area
When you are looking for something to do, with the 2 rivers on either side of us, there are always water activities to entertain you. If you are looking to do some kayaking or canoeing or maybe just floating down the river on a tube, the Red Deer river is a great choice. River access for your canoe/kayak is located through Peter Fiddler Park on the north end of town and can be found at GPS coordinates 50.965087, -110.017147.
If you’re looking to do some motor boating and some great fishing, than the South Saskatchewan is the river for you. Boat access is located at GPS coordinates 50.922332, -109.982032.
Don’t have a boat but want to experience the South Saskatchewan, check out River Bend Adventures
Looking for a great fishing experience contact JC’s River Fishing
If you are into bird watching, Empress’s location between the 2 rivers means we have an abundance of wildlife including birds. Empress has been included in the Southeastern Alberta Birding Trail Guide developed by the Grasslands Naturalists Check out our photo gallery for a glimpse of the birds in our area. Looking for a birding guide contact Laura
For those with an adventurous spirit there is the Last Man Standing Paintball Course situated beside the beautiful Red Deer River operated by Mic & Kelly Burgess. Phone 403 548-5561 to make your appointment.
Make sure to check out whats happening at the Train Station, a beautiful restored historic site now being used as an arts venue. Check our calendar of events or follow us on facebook to keep up on the events that take place there.
You can also stop at Pat and Ross’s store – That’s Empressive, and ask for a tour of the train station building when you’re in town. Pat and Ross are known for their hospitality and their shop is a must see.
Another must see in our area is the Forks Prairie Orchard, – an organic orchard that has been working with the University of Saskatoon for many years developing new hardy varieties of fruit trees. This u-pick is situated on the Red Deer River and owned and operated by Barry and Cathy Cocks. (403) 565-2191
A little further along the road will take you to Dean and Fran Francis’s Art Studios – Sagebrush Studio & Art Galleries. They have moved in old churches that act as their studio and their galleries. Outside they have done extensive landscaping where they allow their visitors to wander and enjoy the flora and fauna.
COWBOY CULTURE & ABORIGINAL/PRAIRIE HISTORY
Starting in May and running through till the end of August the Howes host the Cowboy Market 3D Barrel Racing Summer Series. These shows bring in riders of all ages from all over southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in part for the great prizes but mostly for the great camaraderie.
If you’d like to experience a little bit of our history, check out The Prairie Elevator and Tea House located a few minutes up the road in Acadia Valley.
To experience some of our western culture the Bar Diamond Guest Ranch offers a unique experience staying in a homestead log house built in 1903. The Hern’s will make you welcome and allow you to experience the cowboy culture and ranching way of life. They are also very knowledgeable on the aboriginal history of our region and are happy to share with you what they have learned.