The Town with the Painted Past

Tri Region Tourism Day Trip Ideas, Itinerary

We’re going on a mural hunt

Stony Plain is less than 40 minutes west of Edmonton with charming shops and restaurants, a strollable downtown and more than 30 murals depicting important figures and historical events from the town’s past. And it has some of the best pie around – can’t forget that.

Plan an afternoon walk together

Most of the murals are downtown, so it’s a nice easy walk for families with kids or Babas with them. And even if you only do a portion of the tour – you’ll still see lots of old things to talk about.

Here’s are just some of the things you’ll see in the murals – see if you can find them all. Winner picks pizza. A 50s diner, can-can girls, two red tractors, bison, the No. 26 locomotive, Easter bunnies at the drug store, a printing press, a blacksmith, hissing snakes, an old time telephone operator, the Stanley Cup, a little girl golfing and a yellow kitchen. Also, count the grain elevators and all the horses – you’ll find lots and lots of horses.

Stroll, bike and shop

You can walk all around the town’s charming downtown – plan time to pop into the shops along the way. Or pack your bike and ride to all of them in town – download a PDF mural guide and check out the map of the paintings throughout town. A family bike ride through a small town is a lovely way to spend a fall afternoon together.

How about a homemade lunch

During the summer, the Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain offers horse and wagon tours of the murals. But during the long crisp fall, you can still book group walking tours through the centre.

And this where to stop for pie and coffee. And warm savoury quiche. And a bowl hearty soup and sandwich on fresh-baked bread. Come to think of it, everything is really yummy, wholesome and homemade. The Homesteader’s Kitchen is open every day 11:30 – 3 (pie and coffee until 4) and for weekend breakfast from 9 – 11.

Shop right next door

Right next to the Multicultural Heritage Centre you’ll find the historical 1910 Oppertshauser House. The house was built in 1910 and has a very unique European-style roof. Shop for for old-fashioned candy, vintage toys, jewellery and other nifty-giftys for people you really love. And all proceeds go to help run the centre’s programs that connect people with Stony Plain’s agricultural roots.