The Village of Empress

is situated on the West side of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and serves as a center to the surrounding farming and ranching community of 1,500 people. It has been a focal point for many activities in the area. It is also at the geographical center of many large cities in Western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.

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.

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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


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 403 565-2255 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. 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 building when you’re in town. Pat and Ross are known for their hospitality and their shop is a must see.

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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

Forks Prairie Orchard 5 Forks Prairie Orchard2 Forks apples

A little further along the road will take you to Dean and Fran Francis’s Art Studios. 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.

Contact our Village Office:

Phone: (403) 565-3938
Fax: (403) 565-2010

Box 159, #6 – 3rd Avenue
Empress, Alberta T0J 1E0

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