“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.”
Wendell Berry, Remembering
I live in Vancouver. It has been my home for many years, and it is highly likely that I will grow old in a city that has always been kind to me.
And yet, St. Albert, Alberta, the city that is known as The Botanical Arts City is an enticing possibility.
Founding in 1861, St. Albert is the oldest non-fortified community in Alberta and is now the sixth largest city in Alberta. It is home to the International Children’s Festival, the Arden Theatre that hosts over 150 performances a year, and The St. Albert Botanic Park, dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labelled with their scientific names. And have I mentioned that the Outdoor Farmers’ Market, held in downtown St. Albert, is Western Canada’s largest outdoor farmers’ market.
Now you see why I am tempted.
The Red Willow Trail system stretches down the river valley connecting to the City’s major parks and neighbourhoods. Join me as I walk the Red Willow Trail System heading down to the farmer’s market